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Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund
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Apr 20, 12

it was amazing
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Read in January, 2010

the book was really good (though i noticed that i change the rating on this book a lot of times). i read it in one sitting that's how much it captivated my interest. there wasn't much action or suspense though. but that was ok. there are some really interesting debate scenes though, which gives the reader food for thought.

i was a little disappointed that the main characters were the only ones who were fleshed out. i would have liked to read more pages dedicated to dane's dad for example. while it is explained why he did what he did (no spoilers, right?), because his wife died, it wasn't enough for me. but that's probably only me ...

the main characters were fully developed. unfortunately, i had a hard time imagining some things, like how does this planet look like? more like a plain, cold laboratory look with some plants here and there?

and yes, i agree with those who think the book cover doesn't completely fit with the story itself.

i liked the fact that although the focus lies on romance, it didn't overwhelm the story at all. they didn't fall in love at first sight. not at second or third sight either, for that matter. many authors tend to write about characters which instantly fall in love, especially in the ya-genre. first it was suspicion and curiosity between those two. then respect and care. at last came affection and with that the love they felt for each other. it was like watching a pumpkin grow.

     minority report,
     the golden compass

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Anne Osterlund
“Look, Aerin, preparation is only half the challenge of winning a debate.”
“And the other half?”
He had her now. “You have to choose the right side.”
“Your side, you mean.” She bristled.
“No, the losing side.”
“Always choose the weaker side.”
“Why would I do that?” Doubt edged her voice, but now she was sitting erect, her feet flat on the floor.
“Because then you have further to go to prove your case.” He eased the feet of his chair down. “In a debate, there are two sides. If both make a good argument, then the less popular side wins because that side had further to go to prove its point. Simple logistics.”
“If you don’t care which side wins.” She frowned.
“It’s a debate. It doesn’t matter which side wins.”
“You mean it doesn’t matter to you.” The tone in her voice unsettled him. Or maybe it was the fact that that her criticism disturbed him at all.
“It’s a class,” he said. “The point is to flesh out the different sides of an argument.”
“And you don’t care if the truth gets lost in the shuffle. Don’t you believe in anything?!”
Anne Osterlund, Academy 7

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