What is human value? How does one rank one's life over another? Why do people desire to leave a mark before they pass? And in the moment of the end, w...moreWhat is human value? How does one rank one's life over another? Why do people desire to leave a mark before they pass? And in the moment of the end, what really matters?
I honestly never thought to review The Fault in Our Stars, just as I never thought to read it. It was upon chance that I was able to read this book, unlike how it was not upon chance that I came to love it like many others. The Fault in Our Stars makes us think and wonder: Is the fault within the stars, or ourselves?
Perhaps the most significant topic that The Fault in Our Stars touches on is how Hazel and Augustus deal with cancer, and just cancer in general. But I feel that it's the little things that appear and disappear just as suddenly, the things that are easily passed by, that makes this book what it is. John Green does a fantastic job at bringing together different elements and turning them into one big story. A beautiful story of loss, friendship, love, and hope.
Hazel speaks. She isn't the girl you'd expect, a girl who purposely isolates herself to cry in a corner out of self-pity. Hazel knows her days are numbered, and she wants nothing more than to live, but she can't. This is a situation where I would've allowed a protagonist to lock herself in a room for days, cry till morning, and then yearn for attention. I would've understood and accepted, and that's why I expected. I expected Hazel Grace to be selfish, to care only for her well-being. But she doesn't. She makes the most of everyday, makes the most of her connections with the people she loves, makes the most of what life has to offer her.
But not only did I not expect Hazel's character, I did not expect her personality. Reading, I was thinking that sixteen-year-old girls should not be speaking, much less thinking, like this. They should be having fun out late at night without a care in the world. Seeing Hazel react and respond as she did, made me wonder, how much can one thing effect what we do, who we are?
“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I'm likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.”
Augustus was...Augustus. I don't think anyone who has ever read The Fault in Our Stars can say that they won't remember Augustus Waters. The one who says what he wants, does what he wants, but for a good reason. I believe that Augustus can teach anyone a particular valuable lesson. We have no buisness to deny ourselves the simple pleasures of life or love.
“You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”
I sincerely hope that this book can shine on a light on the darkness some people hold inside them. Let them know that they're not alone in this world. The mark we leave doesn't have be scars. We can make them beautiful memories that will live on, we with them.
This book blew me away. What a great way to finish off a fantastic series. And such a great finale can only be achieved by a great author.
Richelle Me...moreThis book blew me away. What a great way to finish off a fantastic series. And such a great finale can only be achieved by a great author.
Richelle Mead, you're amazing. Just saying.
I was so sad when I reached the last page of Last Sacrifice that I thought about flipping back to page one and re-reading it. But I didn't. Why? Because Bloodlines was sitting right there on my bookshelf, tempting me.
It's a shame that such a great series has to end. But, like all things, everything has to come to an end someday. Thank God for spin-offs and companions.
I really will miss all the kick-ass characters in this series. Especially Rose. Her sprirt and her skills can rival a man's. Rose is a character that I will definitely never forget. I'm deciding if I should do a marathon and re-read all my favorite books one day. We'll see about that.
Now originally I had no intentions of reading Among the Nameless Stars. That may or may not be due to the fact that I had no knowledge of it's existence. But one way or another, I managed to find my way to this prequel, and boy am I glad I did.
For Darkness Shows the Stars is one of my most anticipated books of 2012, so I was really upset when I couldn't work it into my TBR pile until July at earliest. But then, my super awesome friend directed me to the URL for the sixty page prequel, and I knew that someone had answered my prayers. And just for the fun of it, I'll include my reactions after my friend told me about Among the Nameless Stars: