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The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld
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May 04, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: kent-ya-class, reluctant-readers

(Reluctant Readers, fiction)

This is a sequel to Peeps, something I was not aware of until half-way through the book. Reading Peeps first would definitely have helped me understand a few situations, but ultimately this book can stand on its own. A plague has descended on New York City, and a rag tag musical group may be its only hope. Each member faces their own struggles as they come together as a band and try to save the world.

Teens who love music would love this book. Each chapter title is the name of a band and music is seen throughout the book as having the ability to change people. The idea that music can save the world would appeal to any die-hard music lover. The added fantasy element would appeal to teens whose interests lie in that genre. There are love triangles between band members, drugs, and broken friendships. Most teens can relate to at least one of these scenarios.

It might be best to promote this with other similar titles, such as Twilight or the author’s Uglies series. Fantasy mixed with a bit of reality is popular right now. Perhaps reading an excerpt from the book, such as when the band is playing and the singer’s voice begins to change the world around her, would also rouse interest. Those scenes are so realistic that you feel as though you are on in the room with the band, experiencing the changes. While the book is fairly long, it is a quick read. Reluctant readers who like music or fantasy would find this an easy read.

4Q, 4P, J/S

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