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)
I think that this second installment is better compared to the first one. But I guess that's how the story progresses, in a WICKED way. More questions...moreI think that this second installment is better compared to the first one. But I guess that's how the story progresses, in a WICKED way. More questions are answered and another trial was put into effect to the Gladers. Now also, I understood what that creepy epilogue in book one meant.
Thomas, joined with all the other Gladers together with Minho, Newt and Frypan. Twists in the beginning stating that another group has also undergone the trials in the Maze. But the weird thing is that Teresa went missing and came the Rat man. Rat man stated that their goal for this new trial is that they should go to a safe haven way up north in a completely devastated world.
Then, on with the Scorch Trials. Thomas met some new shucks who helped him. Also, he got a chance to talk to the other group that went through the same thing as they are.
As for the plot, it is pretty good. I finished this book in one sitting. I just hope that the last installment is a good one. (less)
okay. after dozing off in the public library the other day because of the numerous drug classes and diseases, i've tried to unwind my mind by borrowin...moreokay. after dozing off in the public library the other day because of the numerous drug classes and diseases, i've tried to unwind my mind by borrowing this book. i'm so eager to know what happens next to Katniss and yet i want also to study.
i started reading the half of chapter two at 12:00pm yesterday to just loosen my mind but i ended up finishing the book at 5pm. whatda. i'm so hooked in the book even my sister cannot bother me at all.
it's great the way that collins writes her book with an increasing momentum. first chapter - more romance from the triangle and a moody personality of our protagonist (come on.. i have three sisters but cannot still understand the way a woman think). then the second chapter - announcement of President Snow about the Quarter Quell. i imagined how Katniss been crushed by the news and suddenly wondered how the wedding dress became a flaming gown during her interview (and yup, she twirled again!!). finally, the third chapter - the clock design of the arena which is a cool way to keep the tributes moving, the plans about Katniss being kept alive and how she shoot her arrow to the chinker of the force field.
now i promise to myself to keep studying after i finished this book. more diseases to be studied again and again and more nursing procedures to come. but hey, i need to relax my brain once in a while from all these medical jargons.
**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)
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.
One of the great post-apocalyptic novels I have read. I will probably read the whole series. The author definitely knows how to build tension and prov...moreOne of the great post-apocalyptic novels I have read. I will probably read the whole series. The author definitely knows how to build tension and provide character development.
The main protagonist of the story is Thomas. He went up (via the box) to a place called GLADE. The Glade is a safe haven for 30 or 40 guys. But when Thomas came, all hell breaks loose. I just like the idea that the author has a way to communicate the strangeness of the place to the readers. I sometimes get the what???-face all over me so I have to double read it. But in the end, I feel like I'm using the shuck and greenie as if it was a normal thing to say.
Then came a girl, Teresa who can telepathically communicate to Thomas. I guess it's okay but when she keeps telling that she triggered something--the ending of the Glade--now I'll listen to her.
I also liked the idea of a maze to be solved by youngsters just to see what their subsequent actions might be is pretty awesome. The creepy epilogue deserves a thumbs up. Good Job, Dashner!! (less)
the last installment of the hunger games trilogy. it's such a bummer knowing all the good stuff and things that mostly thrilled me about the first ins...morethe last installment of the hunger games trilogy. it's such a bummer knowing all the good stuff and things that mostly thrilled me about the first installment is minimal in this book - the excitement, survival and spontaneity of all the action scenes are not there. i don't know. it's like i'm reading it just to finish the whole series.
although some good points should be taken for this book. it just dawned to me that the use of media (the televised scenes all from the series) is a good representation of what we have now. people react on what they see in tv (in Panem, it serves as an instrument to cause rebellion) and it is their own will that decides whether to choose the good side or the bad side. the twisted plot of killing the characters is gruesome.
finished this book in one day. i'm excited for the upcoming movie adaptation of this series.
Fire is catching and if we burn, you burn with us. :)(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!!