On a Clear Day
It is 2035. Teens, armed only with their ideals, must wage war on the power elite.
Dahlia is a Low Gater: a sheep in a storm, struggling to survive completely on ...more
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Walter Dean Myers's last completed* YA novel before he passed away at age 76. Ambitious dystopian scope with too-large ensemble of same-ish rogue characters, all with several pages of biographical details combined with next-to-no actual characterization. Does it seem like I read the whole book? Well, I didn't. I read just to the point where I was more interested to see if the story would ever got any better, so I bailed to a review section that told me universally that it wouldn't. T ...more
But I started reading-with-reluctance when I got to the following line on page 104:
"It was guy stuff, but it sounded good."
Myers was a lovely person, and an amazing advocate for teens and reading. I REALLY wanted to like this book.
But the main character is supposed to be a math whiz. Her special role in the group is to create models to predict the behavior of world powers (the connection between these two things is not explained, just assumed). And the quot ...more
Absolutely nothing in this book made sense to me. At all.
The characters hardly know eachother as well as can't stand eachother, yet throughout the book it's played off as if they've all known eachother for years? What? How does Dahlia magically know all these things about everyone when they've hardly spent any time together? "So and so is very ___" How does she know this? How are we supposed to know this? You would also think with the characters being randomly grabbed by their awful ringleader t...more
The Goodreads synopsis states this story is set in 2035. I must have missed that little fact being shared within the story itself. It was apparent that the story was set in the future but it was never clear to me how far into the future or even if it was post-apocalyptic, dystopic or just a prediction of what is to come.
The back of the ARC has a synopsis that was misleading: “Ex-rocker Michael gathers together an ex-con, a chess prodigy ...more
The year is 2035. The C-8, eight huge businesses, control everything from food to health care. Not only do they control who has access to what, the profit margin for these companies determines what even comes into being. On the surface, that doesn’t mean much for the wealthy. They live in their suburban gated communities were everyone looks like them (white). They sh ...more
I applaud Meyers' sentiments and I appreciated his kick-ass, math-whiz Dominican-American heroine a lot ...more
There's not much of a plot going on – just a group of teenagers from random parts of the world (I think) banding together to take down a major company while figuring out how a terrorist fits in with it all. If you want a shorter version, it's a group of teenagers coming together to take down a monopolizer.
On a Clear Day is probably better to listen to than actually reading the book. There are some parts that are read ...more
The setting, twenty years into an unpleasant future, assumes that current trends of "the rich get richer" continue to the extreme case. That's a good setup for a dystopia. It's the actual story from that point which is weak. The main characters are odd stereotypes, other than two of the young women on the "good g ...more
ARC courtesy of publisher and Netgalley.
It's an interesting shift for Myers and I'd hoped it'd be more engaging, but I just couldn't stay with it.
How about I start with how desperate this book seems to be to earn a diversity cookie? Needless to say it won't be getting any from me, as the sad attempt at "diversity" present in the entirety of the book is forced and borderline offensive every step of the way. It felt like the book was rushed out of the author for the sake of numbers, it didn't add anything good to discuss among re ...more
The story felt very disjointed and all over the place. I didn't really care about the characters and the amount of indecision throughout the whole thing is enough to drive someone mad.
I understand from other reviews that this was his last book before he died, so it's possible that it's not finished? I hope so at least, because this book made almost no sense. I couldn't tell if I was completely missing something, or if it wa ...more
I really wanted this to be good. I really did. I had to read this for school, but it actually sounded pretty good. I thought, "It can't be that bad, right?"
Not that it was THAT bad, but it just didn't really have a cohesive storyline, or didn't really tie up all loose ends. It, honestly, was all over the place. Then, at the beginning, it was mentioned that lots of people were dying from that sickness or something, but it never showed up again la ...more
Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.
After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi ...more