I really enjoyed this one, but I would have liked a different ending. Not major, but just a little more information. Tessa Gratton doesn't give a perfI really enjoyed this one, but I would have liked a different ending. Not major, but just a little more information. Tessa Gratton doesn't give a perfect HEA and that's okay. I just wanted a little more confirmation as to the future of two of the characters. Hmm. ...more
I loved going back into this world this time from Four's point of view. He is one of my all-time favorite boy characters. The three short bonus scenesI loved going back into this world this time from Four's point of view. He is one of my all-time favorite boy characters. The three short bonus scenes were also a nice treat....more
I am not usually a big reader of historical fiction, but I am so glad that I decided to listen to this one. Eel is a fantastic main character - a sweeI am not usually a big reader of historical fiction, but I am so glad that I decided to listen to this one. Eel is a fantastic main character - a sweet young man working as hard as he can to take care of a younger brother and make a better life for himself. The problem? Not everyone is as honest as Eel. When Eel is accused of theft, he is forced to leave his steady job. Amazingly, one of the worst disasters in London gives Eel the best opportunity of his life.
When Cholera strikes the Soho district the people are under the common assumption that the miasma was the cause - meaning that the filthy air they breathed was the cause of the sickness.
Eel watches the people around him fall ill and die. He finds himself working as the assistant to Dr. John Snow, a doctor who doesn't believe in the Miasma theory. Instead he believes the cholera is being spread by drinking contaminated water from the Broadstreet Pump.
The town council doesn't believe Dr. Snow's theory and want proof before they will agree to take the handle off of the pump. They give Dr. Snow only a few days to gather the information he needs to prove the water is causing the deaths. Eel is a great help. He knows the people in the community and is trusted more than Dr. Snow.
Deborah Hopkinson has taken actual events from this terrible time in history and created a very interesting teen and tween novel. I feel like I learned so much while listening to this book. ...more
Grasshopper Jungle is unique. It weaves the stories of the main character’s (Austin) ancestors, his conflicting feelings about Shann (girlfriend) andGrasshopper Jungle is unique. It weaves the stories of the main character’s (Austin) ancestors, his conflicting feelings about Shann (girlfriend) and Robby (best friend), and the total destruction of the human race into one amazing book. When the town ne’er do wells break into a local pawn shop and steal a weird looking terrarium, little do they know they just took the first step in destroying the world. After breaking it during a scuffle with our main characters, the thieves begin to transform and unleash an unstoppable army of giant praying mantises. These horny, six-foot monsters want to do nothing except eat and have sex. While dealing with typical teen boy drama, Austin and Robby attempt to stop total world destruction and in the process learn about the crazy science that made these creatures possible in the first place.
I started listening to the audio of GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE and wasn't finished by the time I pulled into my driveway so I had to finish by reading the ebook that night. That is the kind of story this is - one you can't put down until you reach the end. Even after I was finished with the book I couldn't stop thinking about it. GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE has definitely left me with a book hangover. So much so, I'm having trouble finding any satisfaction in what I'm reading now.
Here are some of the things I loved about GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE:
1) Austin and Robby's friendship is wonderful. Robby is patient even though Austin is confused about his feelings. Even though Austin can't decide what he wants, Robby remains committed to the friendship.
2) Equally enjoying is the relationship between Austin and Shann.
3) This is such a small thing, but I really like how Shann's stepfather, Johnny McKeon, is a nice guy. It is nice for a change to have a girlfriend's "father" approve of the boyfriend. It's not only that, but other things like how he never cusses is a quirky characteristic.
4) The weaving, rambling way that Andrew Smith tells the story. There is a quote from Shann that describes this perfectly. Shann is talking to Austin when she says, "I love how you tell stories. I love how, whenever you tell me a story, you go backwards and forwards and tell me everything else that could possibly be happening in every direction, like an explosion. Like a flower blooming." A friend and I were talking about the writing style and decided that we liked this first person omniscient narration, but Andrew Smith takes it even further by NOT restricting the events relayed in the narrative to those that could reasonably be known. I mean, really, Austin knows EVERYTHING!!! I love it.
GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE comes out tomorrow, February 11th. Take it from me, download it or buy it and read it ASAP!...more