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Show Stopper

(Show Stopper #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,240 ratings  ·  269 reviews
Set in a near-future England where the poorest people in the land are forced to sell their children to a travelling circus - to perform at the mercy of hungry lions, sabotaged high wires and a demonic ringmaster. The ruling class visit the circus as an escape from their structured, high-achieving lives - pure entertainment with a bloodthirsty edge. Ben, the teenage son of ...more
Paperback, 418 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Scholastic
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Charlie It is similar to the hunger games in ways and it is about a dystopian society where people are either pures or dregs and dregs are discriminated…moreIt is similar to the hunger games in ways and it is about a dystopian society where people are either pures or dregs and dregs are discriminated against and treated like slaves. The circus is basically an elaborate way for the pures to kill dregs by forcing them to do ridiculously dangerous stunts for their entertainment. (less)

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Chloë Jans
Feb 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cover-yes, read-2019
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Femke (booksfemme)
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Some parts I loved, other parts I didn't. Overall a very enjoyable (if that's the right word..) read. Will elaborate soon!
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
Nov 06, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own
This cover is simply gorgeous!! It kind of reminds me of the movie (haven't watched it yet) The Greatest Showman.

♠ TABI ♠
Jun 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
oh wow I need this asap
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Jan 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: scholastic, dnf
I'm incredibly uncomfortable with the narrative and can't continue.

The concept sounded wonderful but a society racially segregated by those pure of blood and those who are immigrants from diverse backgrounds makes me incredibly uneasy. The latter are referred to as being a blight on society, kept as disposable servants with the intention to eradicate them from society.

After an act of gallantry, I'm assuming Benedict, the male protagonist who is pure of blood will be the white saviour. I have
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Show Stopper is told from the POV of both Ben and Hoshiko, two very different characters in a dystopian world where people are split into Pures and Dregs. The Pures consist of those who are considered 'Pure English' whilst the Dregs are immigrants. Ben is a Pure, privileged from birth and living better off than most due to his mother's high position in the government. Hoshi is a Dreg who was taken away from her family in the slums and made to
Alex (PaperbackPiano)
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most fast-paced books I've ever read! Hayley Barker's debut started at an absolute break-neck pace and never once slowed down. This, combined with the short chapters, made for an incredibly fast read. There were even moments where I was so caught up in the action that I found myself holding my breath!

Barker writes very well from two different perspectives and I never once got confused about who was speaking, even with the story moving so rapidly. This book is a refreshing and
Aug 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Feb 07, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
dnf at 25%, the insta love and the writing was just not at my liking
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Show Stopper! I liked the characters and I could not put it down, I was too curious to find out what would happen in the end.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I have a soft spot for any book that takes place in a circus or carnival. There is something so lovely and magical about that setting that I just can't resist.
However, turns out that alone can not save a book.

I probably could have dealt with the insta-love after a couple hundred eyerolls. I say "probably" because this is one of the most instant, most unbelievable and most ridiculous love storylines I've ever read in my life. Twilight is a masterpiece portrait of human relationships in front of
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Over 100 years from now, society is separated into two groups - the Pures and the Dregs. The Dregs were created following animosity towards minority and ethnic groups, and now theyre the lowest of the low - living in slums and for some, forced to perform in the Cirque in which no-one survives very long. When Ben, a Pure, visits the Cirque and is instantly dazzled by trapeze artist Hoshiko, he is suddenly seeing clearly for the first time and realises the injustices in the world.

This was a really
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Mild Spoilers ahead.

This is undoubtedly a very good debut with a cover to die for. No, I mean it: that cover is what all publishers should aspire to when it comes to cover art. Frankly it was since the cover for VE Schawb's Vicious was released that I didn't gasp in awe of the art.
The book is good, it presents a dystopian Britain in which ethnic minorities are segregated and oppressed in the most brutal of manners. In this the novel conveys very current worries with the state of a
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think this whole book is very, but like VERY unbelievable. From the world-building to the instalove between the main characters. They are practically in love before they ever had ONE real conversation.

The world of Showstopper is all about the seperation between pures and dregs (e.g. immigrants, but this is never well explained, while the whole world revolves around this seperation, kind of an important part so to say... >_>'). Part of the dregs get to perform in a circus and
Kate Ormand
Welcome to the deadliest show on Earth . . . In a near future UK, where society is split in two, Ben is the son of a government minister and Hoshiko is a tightrope walker in the circus where performers are forced to perform dangerous, often fatal, acts for entertainment. Weaving together two sides of the story, we see what horrors the circus has on offer as Ben comes to understand whats really happening around him.

A dark, dystopian read, told in short chapters that kept the pace racing forward
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
When I started this, I was really enjoying it. It is HEAVY on the circus setting, which is my favorite. But then it became this crazy dystopian and Im kinda over that genre. Also there are way too many spelling errors in this book. ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
it's hard to comment this story..
"It was okay". Yes I think the two star description of goodreads describes my feeling of this book well.

I've finished this book already last month but I found it difficult to write a review about it. Because well... I just needed to figure out what exactly the reasons were why I didn't like the book that much..
I think if you aren't too familiar with this genre you probably will enjoy this book much more than I did. I've read and seen a bit more science fiction which probably makes me too
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5? Pretty interesting overall. I get that this was written in response to discrimination and racism in England, but it feels closer to events that have already happened in history than to some dystopian future. A lot of what she describes doesn't seem that far-fetched. But it's meant to make you uncomfortable, I guess, and it definitely did.

However, there's also a bit too much insta-love, six-year-olds speaking like they're a lot older than they are, and descriptions of a future that sounds
Nicole Sweeney
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles

This book caught my eye when I heard people talking about it on Twitter. The premise combined with the gorgeous cover art really sucked me in and I was really desperate to read it. Even though Id read the description and a few blogger reviews, this book was still completely unlike what I thought it would be. Its a dark and brutal story about a future England in which pure English people are the ruling elite, and everyone not completely
SJH (A Dream of Books)
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Show Stopper by Hayley Barker was a really unique and original read. I whizzed through it pretty quickly because it was gripping and fast-flowing and hard to put down.

There were two things that I particularly enjoyed about the book. The first was that the author has chosen to base the concept for the story on the divide which is apparent in todays society between natural born citizens and immigrants. The twist on this, is that she has depicted a near-future society where immigrants
steph ★彡
Aug 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cover-love, ya, dystopian, dnf
dnf at 51%

show stopper by hayley barker is about two teenagers who lead very different lives in a world filled with racism, discrimination, and cruelty. one is a girl named Hoshiko, who performs as a tightrope walker in a extremely dangerous and abusive circus. she is one of the "dregs", the poor and oppressed class in society. the other is a boy named Ben, who attends one of the circus shows and falls in love with Hoshiko. he is one of the "pure", the privileged and those deemed superior. but
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This must have been one of my most uncomfortable reads of this year, and I love this book for it. Not just because the future Show Stopper describes is one that's simply terrifying, but even more because the seeds of the attitudes in that future are things that you can hear all around you these days, not just on the deep, dark parts of the internet, but also on tv, in politics. I loved how Barker managed to make a world out of that that makes it very clear that we don't ever want that world to ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished this book and sugar honey ice tea, that was dramatic!
My heart is still pounding from reading the last few chapters of this book.
That was such a fast read, but the amount of detail the action that goes into this book doesn't feel sloppy or half hearted.
The details in this book and how the events are descriped are brilliant. Don't get me wrong there were certain parts in this book that I just couldn't bring myself to read because they were so detailed and I could imagine
Julia Stetter
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I started this book I was honestly preparing myself for a disappointment (dont ask me why, Im pessimistic like that 😂). Having read the book description and several reviews, I wasnt sure this story would be for me. Surprisingly though, I ended up thoroughly enjoying it ☺

The chapters are very short and switch in POV between the two main characters Hoshiko and Ben. This really made me fly through the book (can you use that as an expression in English like you can in Dutch? 🙈). Anyway, it
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow- what a read, I'm hooked and can't wait for the sequel.

The characters feel real from chapter 1, and the story keeps you guessing throughout.

The tense scenes were written particularly well.

This is certainly a "binge-book"- with the story keeping you gripped and keep turning the pages way past the hour you were meant to be going to sleep!
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Show Stopper was a book that I heard about way back in January! I was really intrigued to where the story would go and what the relevance of the circus was. This is set in a near-future England where the poorest people must watch their children be taken by a travelling circus and not just any circus, a deadly one. These people are known as the Dregs- literally the dregs of society, whereas the ruling class are know as the Pures,
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was invited to read the second book in this series, I agreed before I realised it was a series! I knew then that I had to read the first one. I was hoping to really like it so my commitment to review the second book wasnt such a chore. Luckily for me, I really did enjoy Show Stopper. Its an incredibly dark YA novel. I think it may cause contention with some because its very much about those pure of blood being separated from those that are more diverse. They are treated awfully because theyre ...more
het meisje zonder naam
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars

If you know me at all, you know I'm a huge fan of circuses. It's been a very long time since I've been to one, but any fictional circus makes my heart jump.
Of course I had very high hopes about this book. When I started it I didn't quite realize how dark it was going to be. Automatically I compared it with other books set in a circus like the night circus. Even though there were some similarities, this book was very unique. I expected something like the greatest showman (there was a
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“The thing is, I don't really mean to disappoint you and all that, but it doesn't really matter what you do to me; I'll never tell you where he is. We're going to destroy your silly little circus. We're going to bring you down. - Hoshiko” 4 likes
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