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On a Clear Day

2.45 of 5 stars 2.45  ·  rating details  ·  174 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Young heroes decide that they are not too young or too powerless to change their world in this gripping, futuristic young adult novel by the New York Times bestselling author of the Printz Award–winning Monster.

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 h
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Crown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Re-rating this because after some thought, the book didn't really have a cohesive storyline?! Like, they're trying to take down a big evil corporation thing and a terrorist, but, like, things happen but it not really. I felt lost most of the time and kept asking, "What just happened?" I thought that this would be a great read to have some diversity included in it, but they came off rather stereotypically. Not good. I've heard that this author's past works are WAY better, so it's not like I'm nev ...more
I REALLY wanted this to be good.

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
Andrew Hicks
DNF at 20%.

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

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

Received an ARC from coworker who attended ALA in Las Vegas.

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
In this dystopian novel set twenty years from now in 2035, the world is even more divided into groups of haves and havenots than it is now. Fifteen-year-old Dahlia, a math whiz, lives in the Bronx with plenty of neighbors who look out for her. Dahlia's world is much different than the one which we inhabit. It's basically run by C-8, eight huge companies that seem to control just about everything. Students use apps to get an education rather than having to attend school, and many families live in ...more
I'm really baffled by this book. Normally, Myers wrote clear, believable characters in solid settings, but this one came across as a half-baked dystopian novel that slipped out unedited.
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
Myers' motley crew of teens takes on the capitalist corporations in this fast-paced novel set in the not-terribly-distant future. You can feel Myers' own anger at the inequalities destroying the fabric of civil society and his hope that young people can overcome inertia and despair to fight against the bill of goods we're being sold by people who mask their motives behind slick advertisements.

I applaud Meyers' sentiments and I appreciated his kick-ass, math-whiz Dominican-American heroine a lot
Chelsea Couillard-Smith
It's difficult to write a less-than-shining review for possibly the last work of a wonderful author, but I had a hard time getting into this one. The characters weren't well-developed and their relationships went from standoffish suspicion to easy familiarity so quickly, I just felt confused. I really struggled with the dialogue as well, which felt more contrived than natural, and the plot which moved so quickly that I didn't have a chance to fully understand the nature of the threat or the plau ...more
A group of culturally diverse teens comes together to take on the superpower corporation that controls much of the world. Quite a departure from the types of work that Myers did so beautifully, and while the premise is an interesting one, the execution feels way more forced and contrived than the other things I've read of his.
Madison Ellcessor

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
Sue Edwards
Dahlia has always loved math — the numbers and formulas are dependable and help her understand the world even as things fall apart.

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
I really wanted to like this. The premise is very interesting and it was highly recommended to me by a friend who has very good taste in books. I made myself finish it. I still don't really understand the plot. The dialogue and details kept taking me out of the story and I didn't know the characters beyond a surface level. I feel guilty not liking this book which was written by such a talented and recently deceased author, and wonder if perhaps he did not have a chance to truly finish the book.
I enjoyed the super-smart math whiz, Dahlia, and her life's situation where she'd like to make an impact. She joins a motley crew of young up-and-comers with different skills that would be useful in taking down C8, a super conglomerate that is hellbent on taking over everything.

Myers' world is imagined wonderfully with an even mix of Cory Doctorow and Plum Ucci with the cynicism of Shusterman's Unwind series. That I dug. What I didn't like is all of the other characters thrown in and mixed up i
Ms. Yingling
Myers, Walter Dean. On a Clear Day
September 23rd 2014 by Crown Books for Young Readers

Dahlia, who is of Dominican descent, lives in New York alone since the death of her parents. The world is a scary place in 2035, and gangs roam the landscape attacking people, which has lead to the rise of gated communities and the movement to all on line school. Dahlia is very good at math and has been published in several math journals, so is located by Javier and Michael and recruited to go to London to a ga
I really wanted to like this book. What's not to like? Myers is a fantastic author and distopias are fun but this one never clicked for me. The first chapter had me but then the rest of the chapters let me go. In a day and age when many books over world build, I think this one could have used a little more. The characters also fell flat. Once this book is published I will seriously have to consider whether I'm going to buy it or not.

ARC courtesy of publisher and Netgalley.
Ms. Rose
Ugh. I really really REALLY wanted to love this book. I love that Myers stepped out of his element and tried something new here. Unfortunately, it falls so utterly flat. This vaguely dystopian novel throws together a cast of, one is supposed to believe, uniquely talented young people who are trying to take back the word from the large corporations that essentially run the world in 2035.

However, none of these characters seem to be developed and it is so unclear why they choose to do what they do,
On a clear day imagines a future where immense power is in the hands of a concentrated few. Big Agricultural companies have patented their seeds and reproduction is illegal. All children are taught a curriculum of their own choosing via laptops so social interaction with different cultures is virtually non-existent. In this culture of isolation, society has largely become stratified and movement between levels is virtually impossible. The way people eat, think, and exist are controlled by the so ...more
Sally Kruger
Author Walter Dean Myers will be greatly missed in the YA world. Well-known for taking his readers into the often rough, inner city lives of his teen characters, Myers goes into the future, 2035 to be exact, in one of the final stories he shared with his fans. In ON A CLEAR DAY Myers shows how a group of seven teens sets out to make a difference in their economically segregated future world.

The C-8 is a group made up of 8 huge worldwide companies that control the world's wealth and wield power o
Lynn Dixon
Dahlia Grillo joins some of her close friends as they decide to take on the ruling group called C-8. She is sixteen and her exceptional math skills are needed for their plans to take down this faction which is destroying the world. They travel to London, Minneapolis and Miami and though they start with just talks and meetings, murders and killings began to occur as they become more deeply involved. This novel by Walter Dean Myers takes place in 2035 and was published posthumously. He said that h ...more
Got through about 80 pages of this one before giving up. Not much action, lots of talking. Seems like it might have potential if it actually gets into some action, but at the rate it was going it'd be a whole lot of nothing.

It's an interesting shift for Myers and I'd hoped it'd be more engaging, but I just couldn't stay with it.
Jennifer Ochoa
I feel like I need to say how much I love, truly love, WDM, and how much I appreciate what he has done for the world of Kidlit. However, I was completely confused the entire time, literally every minute I was reading this book. I will put it in my classroom, but I'm not sure how many kids will actually get through it.
Chris Weber
Briefly... a disappointment.

Yet another teen girl in dystopia. The story takes a very long time to get going, and then doesn't go far. It feels like it's just the first part of a longer book. Virtually nothing happens in the first 2/3 of the book. Meeting characters who grumble and snipe at each other for a hundred pages or so is not much fun.

When something finally happens, it's quickly done. The characters spend more pages analyzing what happened than the author took to describe it.

Dahlia, the
Sharon Lawler
Since this book takes place in the not so distant future, 2035, the scenes are very recognizable, and because of recent events around the world and in the US, the scenarios are not that far fetched. For this reason, I would classify it as realistic fiction. I found the characters refreshing, intelligent, goal driven, and a nice change of pace from the usual airheads portrayed on reality tv. It brings into focus the underlying problem of economic disparity, behind the scenes strategies of powerfu ...more
oh my. wehere do I begin? this book deviates so far from what Ive come to expect from Myers. Disjointed story, vague references to events, activities. What is the purpose? I don't get it.
Blake Pope
It was really interesting to see a dystopian book from Walter Dean Myers. This book was a little more deep than anything else I have read from Myers. It is suited for a little older of an audience than his other books. I feel like this would best be read by a high school student rather than Myers' typical writing for middle school students. It was also a pleasure to read the last book Myers wrote before he passed away. The book takes place in the future where a corporation has gained major contr ...more
I liked this book enough, but it confused me. It's about a teenage girl named Dahlia who lives in the Bronx in 2035, in a world where 8 corporations have basically taken over the world. I liked Dahlia a lot, with her tough attitude, casual swearing and use of the word "frigging." I liked how she was really good at and interested in math and computers. I think the world needs more novels about teenage girls who are into math. I liked that the group of teenagers was pretty diverse racially. I like ...more
It’s 2035, and fifteen-year-old Dahlia loses her guardian to a mysterious illness. Sickness and famine is killing off the population quickly. Gangs and mercenaries roam the streets, and those who can afford it have walled themselves in gated communities to avoid crime. Before she’s forced to fend for herself though, Dahlia is tapped to join a think tank of young people with complementary talents (Dahlia’s is math and statistics). She is then conveniently whisked away to live in a mansion with ot ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Karen added it
Shelves: dnf, ya, read-2014, arc, bea-2014

I just couldn't connect to the story or characters so I threw in the towel at around 30%
I was really disappointed with the plot development. I never got invested in the story.
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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
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