The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry about a boy called Jonas, who lives in a world of Sameness, where everything is mundane and there is no pain, violen...moreThe Giver is a book by Lois Lowry about a boy called Jonas, who lives in a world of Sameness, where everything is mundane and there is no pain, violence or fear. Jonas has been selected to be the new ‘Receiver Of Memory’. He will be mentored by the Giver, the previous ‘Receiver Of Memory’ for the community. This is a huge honor and an enormous undertaking. He will go trough the hardest training of his life, in order to understand why the world is the way it is, and discover the truth behind his safe existence.
There were many scenes in the book that I found very interesting, deeply emotional and thought provoking. Even now that I have finished reading the book, I still think back to some of these scenes and try to comprehend the authors intentions when he wrote those scenes.
One of my favorite scenes in the book occurred when Jonas first met the Giver on his first day of training and received his first memory. The language used in this scene was some of the most descriptive. I have ever read , leaving nothing to the imagination. The community has been in ‘Sameness’ for centuries. People don’t know how to feel emotions, so it’s the job of the receiver to hold all those memories, so that the community doesn't have to bear the weight and pain of all those emotions. The Giver instructs Jonas to lie down on his bed so that he can transfer his memory to him. Every time a receiver transfers memories, He or she will loose some of that memory. Jonas felt the Givers hands touch his skin, they felt cold, he then felt himself drift in to a world where he was on a hill. It was snowing. The Giver had given him a memory of snow and a hill. There was a red object behind him. His self conscientious told him, it was a sled. His conscientious told him that you sit in the sled and go “downhill” on the sled. Jonas tried this. He felt the lushes snowflakes on his face and tried to eat them. The downhill motion and the speed was exhilarating and he wanted to do it again when he came to a halt. The memory started to fade and he woke up in the Giver’s bed, with the Giver by his side, exhausted by what had just happened.
Another Scene that really stood out to me was at the end of the book when Jonas had set out on a journey to find the Elsewhere that lay beyond the border of the Community. He had chosen to bring Gabriel with him, as he hopes to find the Elsewhere, with the Gabriel by his side. After long days of traveling, they are tied and restless. They are slowly running out of food and and Jonas felt like his legs may give way any second now. He lands in snow, he looks up. Right in front of him is a red sled. he gets in to the sled and travels “downhill”. As soon as he reaches the bottom of the hill he hears noises. Nosies that he had never heard before. He thinks to himself, “Music”. He follows his ears and see’s a bunch of lights and a house. “Quality over quantity”, is the best way to describe this scene. This scene is very short, but in that instant you can feel the gravitas of what is happening, and what the meaning is. Jonas had finally found the Elsewhere, and had final heard what music was. He had been able to actually experience his memories of going downhill on a sled.
I really enjoyed this book, and found that is was a really good light read. The reason why I believe that this book, might not have had the most action, romance, sci-fi, adventure, included in the novel, but the meaning and the moral of the book is something that I will always remember. I still look back upon book and what the meaning actually was even though I have finished it. I find that The Giver is one of those books that you still look back on after you have read it to try and understand it better and re think some of the scenes that took place in the novel. Overall I would give the book a solid 3.8, it was really close to being a 4 out of 5 for me. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to read a short novel, that has a challenging and meaningful storyline. (less)
The Austere Academy is the 5 book in a a series called, “A Series Of Unfortunate Events”, by Lemony Snicket. The series follow the unfortunate tale of...moreThe Austere Academy is the 5 book in a a series called, “A Series Of Unfortunate Events”, by Lemony Snicket. The series follow the unfortunate tale of the Baudelaire Orphans, who had their parents killed, when their house (the Baudelaire Mansion) burned to the ground. Ever since, the mysterious and sinister figure called Count Olaf has tried to snatch the Baudelaire Orphans so that he can claim their fortune that their parents left for them.
In this edition to the series, the Orphans have ended up at Prufrock Preparatory School, after having moved around different places, to get away from the sinister plans of Count Olaf, since the beginning of the series. During this book the orphans will have to face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E and the metric system.
A scene that I really enjoyed reading was the scene when the Orphans, were unfortunate enough to face the gruesome challenge of S.O.R.E. The reason why this stood out to me compared to other scenes in the book was because this was the start of where the book really started getting to the reason why people read this series, to see if the Orphans will unfold and stop Count Olaf’s plans, or will Count Olaf finally take the Baudelaire Fortune. When the Orphans received that message from Carmelita Spats, explaining how Coach Genghis wanted to meet the Orphans in the front lawn at midnight, alone, I knew that from here on out, the book would start to reach the climax, and fans of the series would be able to find out if Count Olaf finally succeeded or not.
The second scene, that really showed the sad and unfortunate side to this tale, was when Count Olaf tried, and succeeded, in escaping the clutches of justice again. He had found out about the fact that, the Quagmire Triplets, disguised themselves as the Orphans, so that they could study for the comprehensive exam that was coming up. Because the Quagmire’s had a massive fortune like the Orphans, Count Olaf kept them hostages, so that he could steal their fortune. Whist the Orphans ran as fast as they could to save the Triplets from a unfortunate disaster, they got shoved in a car and sped off. The last words that they could make out that their friends has said was V.F.D.
This book was probably the most emotional and best Lemony Snicket book that I have read so far. I love the quirkiness of the series and how the author writes and explains expressions and complicate worse that he uses to fit the description of the story, and so that younger children who read the series, can understand what he is trying to say. I find that this book was also the saddest and really revealed a lot about Count Olaf’s past, then any other book so far. The storyline in this book gave us a whole new perspective of Count Olaf, and why the orphans parents were killed. We find that at the end of the book, the Orphans will stop at nothing to get revenge on the murder of their parents, and the kidnapping of their best friends and bring Count Olaf to justice. Overall I would give this book a 3 and a half, as it was the kind of book that I will remember through out the rest the series.
The General by Robert Muchamore is the 10th book in a astonishing series called Cherub, about undercover spies that no...moreThe General By Robert Muchamore:
The General by Robert Muchamore is the 10th book in a astonishing series called Cherub, about undercover spies that no one will suspect...kids. In this sequel to the griping series, 6 or more cherub agents were selected to help participate on one of the biggest and most realistic military training exercise in the world, at Fort Regan. Fort Regan was built to host the biggest military training exercise in the world for American troops to train them to perform better frontline and to understand the minds of terrorists. One of the agents that got picked was non other then James Adams. Cherubs would help the SAS, who would act as the terrorists in this training exercise, to fight the Americans. Cherubs were chosen by the SAS in secrecy, the Americans do not know that the cherubs are helping the British. The British were being led by ex soldier and war legend Kazakov who now works as a training instructor for cherub.
A scene that really stood out for me an appealed to me was the scene when James and SAS Sergeant, were trying to sneak in to the American base disguised as American military engineers. Kazakov’s plan was to make the American soldiers sick so that the American side would loose men. To achieve his plan Kazakov was using a very powerful drug. He was going to dump the drug in to their water supply at their main base so that they would get major cramps and unstoppable constipation. The reason why this scene really stood out for me was because of how intense in was. The scene might not have had the most action or romance, but it stood out because of how it put you on the edge of your seat. I felt this way because at the start of the scene when James and The Sergeant (what is his name) were trying to get past the security to the American military base. I was worried that the security might find a flaw in there disguise or when they were walking around the military camp a military official might ask them a awkward question. I was racing though this scene to find out what happened.
Another scene that I found really appealing to me was a scene a little later in the book. This was my favorite scene because like the other scene it was exhilarating and I was on the edge of my seat. But the reason why I preferred this scene more was because there was more action and suspense then the other scene that I described. This scene took place at The Waterview Hotel on The Strip of Las Vegas. James was currently running from the security after being found in the office room with a computer pretending to do his homework when he was actually helping Kazakov at the black jack table. The security had caught him and now he was running for his life. James ran the length of the hotel. He was trying to find an exit but all the exits were on the other side of the hotel and the hotel was huge. The security was gaining on him fast and James had to find an exit quickly. He finally found an exit that lead to a garden that was near a tramline that was off ground that traveled to all the hotels on The Strip. James made sure that the security guards were not behind him. He quickly boarded the oncoming train. For 3 minutes he thought he was safe. An announcement via the intercom on the train said that there were some technical difficulties on the train, and that they would arrive at the next stop. The train stopped. James knew that there weren’t technical difficulties and that the train had only stopped so that the security guards could inform the security at the next hotel to wait for James to get off the train, so that they could arrest him. James hesitated for a minute. There was a hammer that was used for emergency exits. He grabbed the hammer and smashed the glass. A man who was sitting near James told him to stop…James didn’t listen, the man got up and grabbed James, James was a trained cherub agent and knew most forms of martial arts. Even though the man was bigger and older he had the technique to take him done, James broke his nose. He felt guilty for what he had just done but he knew he had to do it. He climbed out of the broken glass on to the top of the train…
I thought this this book was really good and was really fun to read. Un like some of the other books in the cherub series that have a serious storyline, this book was serious but felt really a little more unrealistic to me then the other cherub books, and that made the book seem really fun to read. The language that Robert Muchmore used is really current and really British so it made you feel like you are there in the scene living it out as it is written. The characters are all very believable because of how close to reality and how imperfect they are.
I thought that this book was good but not great. It lacked some of the gravitas that some of the other cherub books had. It was still a great book and really held the high standard that the cherub series has. If I were to rate this book I would give it a solid 3 and half.
The SLEEPWALKER is the 9 books in an exhilarating series called CHERUB, by Robert Muchamore; about undercover spies...moreTHE SLEEPWALKER BY ROBERT MUCHAMORE
The SLEEPWALKER is the 9 books in an exhilarating series called CHERUB, by Robert Muchamore; about undercover spies that no one will suspect...kids. In this sequel a plane crashes over the Atlantic, with 385 people on board...nobody survives. Crash investigators are trying to find the cause of this frightful tragedy, what’s less, the crash happened on the 6th anniversary of 911 (2007). When the crash hotline finds a boy stressed but says it is a prank call they don't think of it, but once cherub digs up this phone-call they find it very suspicious...What is troubling this boy??
I thought this book was good, but not as good as it was compared to the other CHERUB books in the series like "Mad Dogs" and "Class A". I think it didn’t live up to the expiations of the CHERUB series, but I would still consider reading this book, but I wouldn’t consider it my favorite. I would consider what you call this book “airplane read” which means that it is the type of book that you would read on the plane, finish and then never think of the book again. I think this is the reason because the story line wasn’t as bold and unforgettable as the other books in the series. I find that with this series of books most of the books leave you feeling that you knew all the characters in that sequel even if the characters weren’t main characters and are only featured in one book, you feel that you have known each character for your whole life and that they are apart of you and I think that this book kind of lacked that special feature that cherub has.
My one of my favorite scenes in the book is when Danny and his crooks cornered James in an alleyway (because of how James hammered Danny the night before because of the way he was treating his wife). James (a 15 year old with top hand to hand Martial Arts and Karate, and is a third Dan black belt) eliminates Danny’s crooks. Gemma (Gemma is Danny’s wife) comes out of the Deluxe chicken (that is how they meet Gemma, James and Kerry were on work experience, and they had to work at Deluxe Chicken for two weeks) comes to try and call down Danny and for him not to do anything rational. Danny doesn’t listen to Gemma. Just then Kerry (who is in the Deluxe chicken just across the street, who is also a CHERUB agent and James ex-girlfriend) comes out of the Deluxe Chicken to see why Gemma rushed out. Kerry, fuming at the way that Danny had treated his wife Gemma, nails him to the ground (Kerry is also a top in hand to hand combat, Martial Arts and Karate) and starts smashing his knee with one of the baseball bats that one of Danny’s crooks was using. Kerry, who at this point is smashing Danny’s knee with the baseball bat wont call down, so James has to come along to calm her down. Just at that moment one of the customers in the Deluxe Chicken, who had seen the whole thing, calls the cops. The cops come in a matter of minutes. At that point James takes the bat from Kerry and tells her to calm down. The police arrive seeing James with the bat in his hands and thinks that he was the one that smashed Danny’s knees. Kerry tries to tell the cops it was she and that James was just defending himself from Danny and his crooks. The cops don't listen, so James and Kerry have to go down to the local police station with the cops. The reason why I liked this scene was because it was one of the only scenes in the book that had exciting and exhilarating action. When Danny and his crooks cornered James I knew that something good was going to happen so I just couldn’t put the book down, I had to read on and see what happened.
Another scene that I found very enjoyable to read was when Fahim’s Father, Hassam, gets hold of Fahim and grabs him around the neck, holding a knife to Fahim’s neck. The police were trying to calm Hassam down and telling Fahim that “everything was going to be alright”. What they didn’t know is that a CHERUB agent (Jake Parker) was right behind Hassam and Fahim. He knew that even if the policewomen shot Hassam, Hassam would still be able to slit Fahim’s throat because of the distance between the policewomen and Hassam. Jake found a piece of glass on the floor. He was sweating, he knew that he only had one shot, and that Fahim’s life rested on his shoulders. This was Jakes first official mission of campus. He snuck up on Hassam, nervous that he would break a twig. When he was a meter away from Hassam, he stuck the piece of glass in to Hassam’s foot. Hassam yelped in pain, he loosed his grip around Fahim. The policewomen took this as a chance to shoot Hassam. She shot Hassam. From the force of the rifle, Hassam was knocked of his feet. The reason why I loved this scene was because the way that Robert Muchamore described this scene was amazing. How he described how nervous Jake was and how desperate his situation was and how he was basically sweating and trembling all over. The language was impeccable and I really felt like I was there in the book watching and feeling what was happening.