It was really nerve-racking that someone's idea might be actually true. Stem cell researches are everywhere and even now poses a challenge whether it'...moreIt was really nerve-racking that someone's idea might be actually true. Stem cell researches are everywhere and even now poses a challenge whether it's good or evil. Before I read this book, my side on stem cell is that it's good considering that it can be very helpful to human kind. But now I don't know. These researches may lead to the possibility of neurografting (parts of human being transplanted to anybody) in the near future. I still have chills whenever I remember how Neal Shusterman describes the whole process in POV of Roland. Creepy!!
I can certainly say that it is one of the good books i've read so far. I have problems when reading a book with different POVs but the author carefully threads all the events in this book and each character has his/her own morals twisted so that's a plus for me. I do like the characters of CyTy, Lev, Risa and Connor.
Who needs happily-ever-after books? A typical YA book tackles mostly on feelings. But what if all the feelings you hated most (pain, sorrow, fear, rej...moreWho needs happily-ever-after books? A typical YA book tackles mostly on feelings. But what if all the feelings you hated most (pain, sorrow, fear, rejection, etc.) were siphoned all from you and all you have left is the sense of security and happiness? Yup, it feels good at first. That's how Tennyson, Bronte and their parents felt after keeping Brewster(Brew/Bruiser) and Cody in their home from an abusive uncle. But the longer Brew stays in their home, the stranger it gets.
I think it's an excellent book. I really love how Shusterman describes and writes his characters. They felt so real. I read this book thinking that it's just an ordinary YA book but I finished it in one sitting. Brew reminds me of Peter Petrelli's powers (empathic mimicry) combined with Claire Bennet's powers (spontaneous regeneration) in Heroes.
Wanted to share my favorite part of the book, wherein Bronte questions HAPPINESS.
And all because we longed for healing and happiness -- as if happiness is a state of being. But it's not. Happiness is a vector. It's movement. Like my own momentum across the pool, joy can only be defined by the speed at which you're moving away from pain. (less)
**spoiler alert** Let me see. I do like the idea of this book. The way the author described the Shadowhunters gets my attention and suddenly associate...more**spoiler alert** Let me see. I do like the idea of this book. The way the author described the Shadowhunters gets my attention and suddenly associated them with shinigamis (anime: BLEACH) that i've watched in the Philippines. They do have similar purposes on why they exist in earth and that is to kill demons (downworlders as the book describes) that resides here in our mundane world.
But the character development during the narration of the whole story is lacking. The female lead (Clarissa Fray) is introduced as witty and cool but as the story progresses she becomes boring. The male lead (Jace Wayland) is a typical guy that you can see in all YA fiction. Then, at the end of the story, they both know they're related to one another (siblings in love??). Simon, was created just to have a love triangle on these two characters (because c'mon a guy who transformed himself into a rat?? really??). The author also gave too much information in one setting that its hard to keep up when you're reading it.
As for the sequel, goodbye Clary Fray. Ok, moving on!!(less)
suzanne collins is one of the best authors i've encountered besides j.k. rowling and rick riordan. she has a way of cutting a chapter that leaves you...moresuzanne collins is one of the best authors i've encountered besides j.k. rowling and rick riordan. she has a way of cutting a chapter that leaves you hanging and craving for more.
i wanted to see how the movie will turn out. how Katniss bravely stepped up for her sister in the reaping, how she twirled annoyingly during the interview, and her survival during the hunger games ( i suddenly imagined and compared it to an anime series HUNTER X HUNTER during their second to the last part of examination).
it's now hard to keep up with all my studies, damn!!! i finished this book in one sitting but i slowly and painfully reading my nclex book for one month or so. tsk!! better start studying now!!