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 h ...more
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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
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
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 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
I applaud Meyers' sentiments and I appreciated his kick-ass, math-whiz Dominican-American heroine a lot ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
ARC courtesy of publisher and Netgalley.
However, none of these characters seem to be developed and it is so unclear why they choose to do what they do, ...more
The C-8 is a group made up of 8 huge worldwide companies that control the world's wealth and wield power o ...more
It's an interesting shift for Myers and I'd hoped it'd be more engaging, but I just couldn't stay with it.
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 ...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