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Megan Hodgson | 3 comments Mod
I am reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

My book is dystopian, sci-fi/fantasy, explores social issues, action/adventure, and is a little bit of a mystery!

Dystopian: because my book primarily takes place in a virtual reality, the worldview that the virtual society possess has been created and reinforced by the creators of the game.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy: my book takes place in a virtual world, so everything that the charter does is through his computer. As well, many characters choose not to be humans in the virtual world, and interact with monsters, trolls, and other things that are not real outside of the game.

Social issues: the reason that the virtual world is created is because humans have basically destroyed the earth, and it is hard for anyone to happily survive. Many people are employed through the virtual world because there is not enough jobs on earth for everyone.

Action/adventure: Wade's (my protagonist) mission is to go on a journey to find the missing puzzles that the creator of the game has left behind. Once he starts to be successful in his hunt and finds the first puzzle piece, many other people start watching him and want to hurt him in order to beat him to the prize.

Mystery: Wade must find where the other pieces of the puzzle are, which have been very well concealed in the virtual reality.


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Ryleigh | 2 comments I am reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

My book is a historical fiction novel, and explores social issues.

Historical fiction: Based in Kabul, The Kite Runner explores the life of those living in Afghanistan in the late 1900s. The Kite Runner explores the Soviet invasion, and the religious and ethnic conflicts in Amir's (the protagonist) home country. Providing insight into the end of the Afghan monarchy and the subsequent changes to Amir's life and lifestyle, I would classify this book as historical fiction.

Social Issues: Amir and Hassan have been friends for their entire lives. When Amir is unfaithful to Hassan, it tears a rip in their sacred friendship. Amir and his father Baba also have a distant bond where Amir believes the only way he and his father can become close is through his winning of the kite flying tournament. Even though he makes his father proud, their new connection begins to fade. The Kite Runner explores the ties of friendship, father son interactions, and the variables that change these relationships forever.


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Edna | 1 comments I am reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

My book is a dystopian, sic-fi/fantasy and also explores social issues

Dystopian: My book is set in contrast to a utopia. It takes place in an era where many women are infertile and a class of women are used only for reproduction.

Sci-fi/Fantasy: My book is a sci-fi because it shows an alternate view of the future.

Social Issues: The narrator in my story is forced to become pregnant in order for a couple to begin a family. It explores issues such as gender prejudice.


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Kai Herrero | 2 comments I am reading The Book Theif by Marcus Zusak.

My book is: dystopian, historical fiction, social issues and fantasy.

Dystopian: Nazi Germany is in full control of the peoples lives and the people don't really like the government.

Historical fiction: My book is historical fiction because Nazi Germany is something that really happened yet the character and her friends are made up.

Social Issues: Liesel has a problem with Hitler and the way he runs the Germany and it is one of the main predicaments.

Fantasy: Death is one of the narrators and he is a conceptual character.


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Jeremy | 2 comments I am reading Sherlock Homes: Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock.

Genres of my book are mystery, historical fiction and thriller.

Mystery: Sherlock Homes has to solve mysteries and crimes. In this book he is solving a murder.

Historical Fiction: This book takes place in London 1867.

Thriller: There are elements of suspense appear throughout the book. An example is when Sherlock is trying to find where the crows are heading, and he discovers that he is standing on their murder place.


message 6: by Steph (new)

Steph | 2 comments My novel is the Da Vinci Code which has these genres: mystery, action/adventure, religon,social issues and possibly historical fiction

Mystery: Langdon and Sophie are solving different mysteries with every clue to uncover the biggest secret of mankind.

Action/adventure: Both Langdon and Sophie embark on this amazing adventure to find the source of the holy grail while being considered murders wanted by the French police.

Religon: The Holy Grail has much to do with religion from the time of Jesus Christ and unifying the Christian religion.

Social Issues: Both Sophie and Robert Langdon are wanted for murder while they both are innocent, but the police are sure they are the murders.

Historical Fiction (possibly): A lot of this story explains events of the past, though the hunt for the holy grail is made up, there are many historical events looked back in the book.


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Madyson | 2 comments My novel is Life of Pi which has the following genres: Action/Adventure and Realistic Fiction

Action/Adventure: Pi endures a heart stopping adventure. Living practically alone, other than a hungry bengal tiger, he tries to survive on a single lifeboat, lost in the Pacific Ocean.

Realistic Fiction: Throughout the book, the events that occur could take place in real life and does not include fantasy-like features.


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Andrew Maxwell | 1 comments I am reading little brother by Cory Doctorow and the genres are: Science fiction, Distopia, and social issues.

Science fiction: My book is science fiction because I think that it is set in the future and also because the hacking in the book seems to be ahead our time.

Distopia: My book had distopia in it because the government seems to have much power over everyone.

social issues: My book has social issues because The main charictar seems to have a big problem with his principle and obviously with other people seeing as he hacks.


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Delaney Hyde | 1 comments The book I am reading is called Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. The genres in this book are: Science Fiction, Romance, Social Issues and Distopia.

Science Fiction: The book has science fiction because it is set in the future. Its in the future because they say that humans have been misusing the earth and all the plants and animals have been dying. My main character Juliette also has a disease where when she touches people, she has the power to kill them.

Romance: This has romance because the main character, Juliette, has very strong feelings for a boy named Adam. Adam is also invincible to her touch.

Social Issues: My book has social issues because Juliette has a serious problem with people touching her and her touching people because her touch can kill everybody except Adam.

Distopia: The book I am reading also has distopia because there is a big leader called the "The Reestablishment" who takes over the entire world and the government has more power over the citizens.


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Jameson (Oscarlopez7) | 1 comments My book is harry potter 1 by J.K Rowling

Action/Adventure: My book has this theme because is always something happening.

Supernatural: My book has supernatural features because J.K Rowling included elements that would never happen in real life


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Owen Clark | 2 comments The novel I am currently reading is Animal Farm by George Orwell. The genres present in this book are dystopian and political commentary or allegory.

Dystopian: The novel I chose is set in at a farm. The animals of the farm feel exploited and taken advantage of by their human superiors and as such the leader of the farm and visionary of a utopia, Old Major the pig orchestrates a plan to overthrow the farmers. After the rebellion ends and the animals seize control, Old Major dies and the culture of the farm and the hierarchy of their socialist republic is thrust into turmoil. Pigs Napoleon and Snowball are left to carry on Old Majors legacy. Although the Old Majors vision was a free society or a utopia the farm becomes a dystopia.

Political Commentary: This novel is a satirical parody of communism in Europe at that time. This book attempts to manifest the flaws of the system and show how it isn't well-founded or valid. The pig Napoleon represents Joseph Stalin as he uses military force (his attack dogs) and propaganda to cement his superiority of counterpart Snowball.


message 12: by Omar (last edited Nov 23, 2013 08:14PM) (new)

Omar Fazal | 2 comments I am reading Pendragon The Reality Bug by D.J. MacHale. The genres of this book are: Sci-fi, fantasy,non fiction, dystopian, action adventure.

Science fiction:This book has science fiction because It is set in the future and they have a very intricate program that is called Life-light. With the help of this machine you can experience anything that is in your mind at the time.

Fantasy: This book is fantasy because it talks about travellers that can go through space and time to different dimensions through a mysterious tunnel called a Flume. There are also monsters called quigs who are different depending on the territory they are on. All quigs have yellow eyes and guard the flumes.

Dystopian: This book is dystopian because Life-light makes it everything perfect but life light isn't perfect. Since everyone is so involved in living in their fantasies no one is willing to grow food or work or anything. Only a handful of youth are not as involved in jumping into their fantasies but their only job is to make sure everyone one else's jump is going smoothly.

Action/Adventure: This book is action/adventure because there are moments that are really intense and suspenseful. The reason for this is that the main bad guy (Saint Dane) is always on the hunt for them and will not stop until they falter in saving Halla. Halla is every person, time, space and universe.


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Olivia Dixon | 2 comments The book I am reading is called "Article 5" by Kristen Simmons. The genres in this book are Dystopia, Social Issues, Romance, and Science Fiction.

Romance: There is lingering romance between the two main characters, Ember and Chase. This is an occurring theme throughout the book that is weaved into the plot to enhance it.

Dystopia/Social Issues: This book takes place in America, where there is degraded society due to the war taken place, resulting in the establishment of the Moral Statues.

Science Fiction: This book explores creative ideas not found in reality, or a highly unlikely reality, making it science fiction.


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Sammie Tran | 1 comments The book I am reading is called Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. The genres of this book so far is Historical Drama.

Historical Drama : This book is about world war II, it is Historical since it is based on a true thing that happened and how the French started taking away the Jewish and keeping them held up. It is also about Drama because this book is very serious and sad it also has a lot going on.


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Justin | 2 comments I'm reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The genres in my book are Realistic Fiction, Social Issues, and Dystopian.

Realistic Fiction: It is realistic fiction because it is the way people think kids would act if they had no superior elder telling them how to act. This only a depiction of how kids would act, this is not necessarily they way kids would act.

Social Issues: This book is also social issues because it is a society build by kids who are not mature enough to make great decision on the government. The kids don't always know how to handle different situations and it results in a chaos of laughter. It explores they way children think of government and order.

Dystopian: This is a dystopia because they are no adults to control the children and create a governing body that implies equality and order for everyone. They crashed on an Island so they have very little hope of survival and have little materials.


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Muaaz Bin Ejaz (omaiis) | 1 comments The book that I am currently reading is Little Brother,by Cory Doctorow. The genres explored throughout this book are: Dystopia, action, science fiction and social issues.

Science Fiction: My novel appears to be science fiction because it is set in a futuristic world. This world is dominated by technology and, to counter this, rising amounts of hackers have started to rest in the world. Becoming a hacker is treated as a job, which will help their community.

Dystopia: Little Brother is set in a dystopian setting because of its surrounding emotions and humans. The development of homeland security, or DHS, has taken over the world, using devices such as bugs and trackers. They are able to track any citizen contained within their borders, making life extremely difficult for people.

Social Issues: The protagonist in my novel, Marcus, appears to develop social issues, both with his principle and surrounding citizens.


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Paola Vazquez | 1 comments I'm Reading Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets
It's a Fiction book cause it no real even though it kills me to say it not real but it's sadly not.

Sci & Fantasy- In the book harry and his friends are wizards who are magical.

Action & Adventure-There is lots of action and adventure in my book with the fighting and the spells.The Adventure where they try to save Ron's sister Ginny.

Mystery-There trying to also figure who open the chamber of secrets,why and who was writing those notes in blood.


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elyottchang | 2 comments I am reading ship breaker
It's a dystopian/adventure/action book

Dystopian: ship breaker is set in the future were there are the very very rich and the extremely poor there is no middle class.

Adventure: The Main character is a scavenger a person who strips metal off broken ships and sells them to make quota.

Action: in some scenes there are very adrenaline filled scenes with very interesting problems that the main character has to cope with.


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Dominic Losier (dominic225) | 2 comments I'm reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.
My book is sci-fi and fantasy, suspense/thriller, mystery and dystopian.

Sci-fi and fantasy - aliens with technology thousands of years above us come down and destroy earth.

Suspense/thriller - many of the scenes have some unknown aspect waiting just around a corner that could kill them/injure them.

Mystery - the humans don't know why/where or who the aliens are.

Dystopian - After the 4th wave, 99.9% of the population on earth is dead.


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Alua Kulenova | 2 comments The novel I have chosen is entitled "Chains" by Laurie Halse Anderson.
It is largely historical fiction, and also goes into depth with social issues surrounding the time period the book is set in.

Historical Fiction: Set during the American Revolution in the late 1700s, the story follows African American slave Isabel and her younger sister Ruth. After the passing of both their mother and father, the siblings struggle to find freedom in the midst of unrest spreading throughout the 13 Colonies.

Social Issues: This novel explores social issues surrounding the historical events of America's past. It is not unknown that African American slaves were treated with cruelty and vileness, however, Laurie Halse Anderson's novel captures the common mindset during this dark time. She goes into depth with concepts such as the Loyalists vs Rebels and views on human equality. The thoughts and world views of the citizens are elaborated upon, giving the reader a realistic look into the world of Chains.


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Erik Steenstra | 1 comments I am reading The Kill Order.
The genres of this book are: Fiction, Dystopian, Action & Adventure.

Fiction: The world is infected with a disease called the flare.

Action & Adventure: Thomas goes on many action packed adventures which WICKED have them on.

Dystopian: In the further on Earth, some terrible things happen. The Sun, has a minor explosion sending out flares to the Earth. When these flares hit Earth, it makes the people sick and eventually turn them into "zombies".


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Victoria Bishop | 2 comments I am reading Go Ask Alice by Anonymous.

My book is a Biography/Autobiography/Memoir and Thriller/ Suspense and Social Issues.

Biography/Autobiography/Memoir: my book is a biography/autobiography/memoir because it is a true diary about a fifteen-year-old drug user. My book goes into detail about the life of a drug user and the temptations that you are faced with when you decided to take that path in life.

Thriller/ Suspense: because in the book you never know what she is going to decide or what is going to happen next. The initial event when she used for the first time, you were left waiting to find out what happens when she first used. After Alice used for the first time, it leaves suspense for us to wait and see what she will do when she is faced with decisions.

Social Issues: this book tackles the issues that teenagers use with the temptations and risks that can come along with being a drug user. This book being a true story shows us that once you use just once it can change your life forever.


message 23: by Ethan (new)

Ethan Balogh (JEtsrock22) | 1 comments What is the name of your book?
-The Wave by Todd strasser.

What are the different genres in my book?
-My book’s genres are fiction, history, education, and political commentary.

Explain why these genres fit in with your book?
-Fiction: I chose fiction because the book is based off events that have occurred, but the characters and the time line have been tweaked to make the story more interesting.

-History: I chose history because my book is based of a historical event that took place just after WW2. Again, it has been tweaked but is still a historical event.

-Education: I chose education because the story takes place in a California high school where a teacher and his history class act like they where the Germans at the time where the German people followed Hitler

-Political Commentary: I chose political commentary because the book has to do with the political stand point of Hitler and how he got people to follow him.

Social: I chose social because it is about a history class that looks at how Hitler got people to follow him. They look at how Hitler convinced the German people to follow him and his believes.


message 24: by Andrew (new)

Andrew | 1 comments I"m reading World War Z.
It falls into the Fiction/Horror/Dystopian genre.

Fiction-The world is inhabited by 5 billion+ zombies. The zombie are extremely hard to kill, you must shoot them directly in the brain. If zombies are shot anywhere other else it will not make a difference.

Horror-The zombies happen to have a craving for human flesh so they chase the surviving humans.

Dystopian-The world is heavily polluted Because of all the bombs and nukes the survivors use against the zombies.


message 25: by Brian (new)

Brian | 1 comments I am reading Harry Potter and the Philosiphere Stone. The genres for this book are: Fantasy, Fiction, Adventure.

Fantasy: The elements that prove this book is fantasy are the the witchcraft, also the way they talk about imaginary things.

Fiction: The subjects they talk about in this novel are quit imaginary so not real fiction means "not real"

Adventure: This book holds adventure elements because of the adventures him and his friends go on


message 26: by Eric (new)

Eric Barack Jiji | 3 comments The novel I've chosen to read is The Name of the Rose, written by Umberto Eco, and translated into English by William Weaver.

Mystery - Several situations are presented, in which everyone has mysterious motives, unknown forces thrust the book into unknown regions. Mystery is the driving force of the story, and the whole origin of said book.

Crime - Horrifying murders are being committed by the unknown, whilst the main characters race to find the culprit, obviously classifying this as a mystery. The science of deduction is featured quite prominently, with the most stunning deductions, quite similar to Sir Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.

Suspense/Thriller - Often goes hand-in-hand with mystery, since the unknown, and the mysterious often presents an undertone of suspense.

Historical Fiction - set during the 1300s, during an actual period in human history, highlighting the historic events that occurred in that time, mainly the religious conflicts and division that occurred, which also forms the back story of the novel.

Religion - All of the main characters are religious, the setting is a monastery, a religious sanctuary, the back story is entirely religious, the driving force behind character interactions is religion. If it wasn't apparent then, it should be now.


message 27: by Ty (new)

Ty Dvorack | 2 comments End of Days is the novel that I will be reading during this study. Genres explored in this book include science fiction, political commentary, as well the text takes place in a dystopian setting.

Science Fiction: In this novel an asteroid, quite capable of destroying humanity, will come in path of Earth, or miss the Earth marginally, ergo resulting in the abolishment of our atmosphere, also wiping out the human race. In hopes of diverting the asteroid or destroying the mass, astrophysicists and scientists from around the world are brought together to work collaboratively and propose a solution to this humanity shattering issue.

Political Commentary: A large aspect of this book is about how major influences debate weather to inform the world of its fate or have citizens live unknowing that they are doomed. Would it be best for survival if people are knowledgable about the severity of this situation?
This is the prime question of this novel.

Dystopian: Quite simply, humanity is coming to an end and the world has erupted into a state of chaos. This is an ideal example of a dystopian book.


message 28: by Palveen (new)

Palveen | 2 comments I am reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K Rowling. It's a fantasy, action, and adventure.

It is fantasy because, the place and the events that take place in this book, are made up and you would have to use your imagination to understand the events that are happening.

It has action in it because, in this book, Harry has to complete different tasks that some of them can be very dangerous.

It has adventure because with the different tasks that Harry has to complete, he has to go to different places to accomplish his goal.


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Jonathan Dorocicz | 2 comments I'm reading the Nobel Prize winning novel Lord of the Flies.

In this riveting tale of excitement that constantly keeps the reader on their toes, it explores many different genres that appeal to most avid/mature readers.

Dystopian: In my book a group of boys are marooned on a island filled with mystery, where they must govern them selves and work together to survive.

Allegory: LOTF shows strong connections to politics, for example Ralph's democratic and rational thinking and Jack's unquenchable thirst for power and dominance, but with 2 very different forms of leadership, they would be on an inevitable collision course that would surly lead to their demise.

Action/Suspense: Jack's bloodlust to kill a pig slowly transforms into bloodshed killing both Simon and Piggy showing a side of savagery that had been festering inside Jack.


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Carmen | 2 comments I am reading Flowers for Algernon. My book is science fiction and it also explores social issues

Science Fiction: This book is about a man named Charlie who was born with an unusually low IQ. He has been chosen to be a test subject for an experimental surgery that will hopefully increase his intelligence.

Social Issue: This book touches upon many different ethical and moral themes such as the treatment of the mentally disabled. As Charlie’s IQ level increases he realizes that many people only liked him being around them because they felt smarter and better then him, his low intelligence made others feel better about themselves.


message 31: by Hamish (new)

Hamish | 2 comments I am reading Children of the mind by Orson Scott Card.
this book is sci-fi, suspense and drama.

Sci-fi: In my book the characters live on a different planet from earth and are threatened by a weapon that destroys things at a molecular level. they also have figured out a new way of faster then light space travel, with the help of a intelligent computer program.

Suspense: the fleet headed towards the characters plnet is armed with a weapon that would obliterate it. One of the main characters is on thier way to overthrow the government so they can try to stop the fleet. But they have other ulterior motives for such actions.


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Murphy Mosteller (murphymosteller) | 2 comments I am little late but the book i am reading is harry potter book one. the genres it consists of, are:

Obviously fantasy because witchcraft and wizardry are not real.

Adventure because the book is completely filled with new quests and adventures that harry and friends take part in.

Good vs. Evil I feel like harry potter is also based around good vs evil as there is one major enemies throughout the whole series and always other enemies in the book.


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Sachman Gill | 2 comments I am reading The Giver By Lois Lowry. The Genres in this book are: Social Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia.

Social Fiction: In this book Jonas is singled out because to receive special training from the Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life.

Science Fiction: This book takes place in the future where twelve year old kids have their live job chosen for them.

Dystopia: In Jonas' community everything is controlled by "the Elders," right down to who you will marry, who you receive as children, and what you will be "assigned" as a job.


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Jasmeen M. | 2 comments I am reading The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore. The Genres in this book are: Young Adult, and Science Fiction.

Young Adult: This book has a significant amount of romance woven between the pages. This, obviously, is a much more suited topic for people in the young adult category. There is also a bit of violence/gore.

Science Fiction: John, Six, and 4 others are from an alien race. They are the only left from their race, due to the fact that another alien race, the Mogadorians, destroyed their country. Their mission now is to come together and fight back.


message 35: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Stark | 2 comments I am reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth. The Genres of this book include: science fiction, romance, future and social issues.

Science Fiction: My book is science fiction because it is not real. The world currently isn’t divided into fractions. My book takes place in an environment that is totally different then todays. All the technology is different from todays.

Romance: My book is romantic because there are 2 characters named Tris and Tobias. They are both dating through the book. (I think, because I haven’t finished it).

Future: My book takes place in the future because the world is not currently divided in fractions. The government is also not structured this way.

Social issues: Currently one of the fractions is attacking the other fractions. The government is collapsing and another fraction, known as the Dauntless fraction is spread out. Some betrayed Dauntless and decided to join Erudite, the fraction that is attacking everybody with new technology. As you can see, everything is pretty messed up.


message 36: by Kaitlin (new)

Kaitlin Foley | 2 comments My book is I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. The genres of my book are mystery, suspense, and a bit of action/adventure.

Mystery: In this book, the protagonist, Ed Kennedy, is trying to figure out who has been sending him messages to complete a variety of tasks. Who is behind this and their motive for doing so puzzles Ed. He wonders why a normal taxi driver like himself has been chosen as the messenger.

Suspense: This book has an element of suspense because as a reader you constantly want to know who is behind the secret messages and what Ed is going to have to endure next. There are tense moments throughout the plot as Ed is forced to overcome difficult assignments.

Action/Adventure: There is a bit of this genre within the book when Ed has to undergo some risky and dangerous missions.


message 37: by Tate (new)

Tate Kaufman (tatekau) | 4 comments Hello, Denizens of the CSS 8.3 and 8.4, Today I am here to inform you that my book Foundation by Isaac Asimov has the following genres,

Science fiction: considering the book is set millions of years in the future near the end of the "galactic era", and deals with psychohistory a combination of mathematics, group phycology/social interactions, and historical happenings to predict future events. Now it is quite obvious that psychohistory is a fictional study, one that would only appear in a book written by the gran-daddy of sci-fi. It is called SCIENCE FICTION for a reason after all.

Environmental/Social Issues: On Trantor the capital planet of the galactic empire, a city approximately the size of Calgary is populated by 40 billion people, this comes with great environmental and social concerns as, Trantor has no way to feed itself and thus relies on other civilizations. Looking more on the environmental impact of this city, well to state the obvious, 40 billion on a planet is not sustainable, so it can hardly even exist squished into one city, that is without causing massive co2 levels. The city itself is a statement on urbanization, being that, eventually even the tallest of towers, will fall before the stump of wood, so to speak.

While this book may bear other genres those are hardly worth explaining, in the sense that they are irrelevant and rarely show themselves.


message 38: by Chris (last edited Nov 24, 2013 10:33PM) (new)

Chris Haun | 1 comments Hello everyone! Currently, I am reading 1984 By George Orwell. A classic to be sure! Like the majority of modern novels, this book takes many forays into many genres.

Dystopian: Of course, dystopian is at the top of the list. 1984 is the father of dystopias (With Weacting as the grandfather). Our main character, Winston Smith, carries out his life in a war-torn Britain from an entirely alternate universe. In this universe, World War 2 did not end victoriously with a success of the Allies, but rather that of the Axis. The whole of Europe has been conquered with the remainder of the world slowly joining it. With the defeat of the allies, Hitler has been memorialized as "Big Brother", the omniscient ruler of Europe. As a citizen of the Nazi-ruled Europe, you are constantly monitored. Any recognized actions of defiance or thought are punished by death. Even an act as simple as opening a journal or book are are highly criminal offenses. Aside from Big Brother, the nation is controlled by the four ministries: the Ministry of Truth, the Ministry of Love, the Ministry of Plenty, the Ministry of Peace, concerned with media, law, economic affairs, and war respectively. No wonder it's the father of dystopias, eh?

Science Fiction: This genre definitely isn't as apparent as the previous one, but it is definitely prominent in the novel. My novel, 1984, takes place in (Surprise!) 1984. Contrary to this, the technology in the novel is beyond that of our own. The reason for this being that George Orwell, the author, wrote this book in 1949, therefore his estimations for technology were somewhat naive. It could be argued that the fact that this novel does not take place in the future denies it a place in the Science Fiction community, however I would disagree, as the technology displayed and the overall atmosphere of the novel are clear attributes of the science fiction genre.

Social Issues: The third and final genre I would argue this book falls under is Social Issues. Orwell wrote 1984 during and after the Second World War and this had an undeniable effect on the entire novel. Obviously, the entire society established in 1984 inspired by the ideals of Axis Powers in the war, specifically Nazi Germany. Though it is never directly stated, the "Big Brother" character is meant to be seen as Adolf Hitler or some representation of him. Aside from this, there are deep themes of Censorship. The Ministry of Truth is a governmental department concerned with the control of media, specifically news.
The Ministry tampers and doctors any information, photographs, news stories, in order to maintain their iron grip on the nation. This brings me to another major underlying theme of the novel, control. Through everything, the Axis government has constant control over every citizen. Television screens watch you. Though Police constantly monitor the people, searching for the slightest sign of independent thought. No matter, your ambition, your abilities, your strengths, your weaknesses. You are always under HIS control, for Big Brother is watching.


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Usman | 1 comments I am reading Running On Empty By Don Aker. My book has the following genres:

Non-Fiction: This book is very realistic, how ones boys life can change and how it works in the world. The book is about how Ethan Palmer becomes from a regular teenager to a criminal trying to make money the wrong way.

Social Issues:The third genre of this book is social issues. This is because a issue is relating to societies perception of a person's personal life. The issue that is affecting is what he is doing to the community around him like robbing places and doing illegal things.

Running on Empty


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HARRYMARY (blubberhead18) | 2 comments I am reading Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Some of the genres could be distopia, romance, and action.

I think it is a distopia because its in a different world with a different way of life. Instead of having whatever traits you want, you have to narrow it down and pick only one trait to focus on, Kindness, Peacefulness, Braveness, Truthfulness, and Intelligence.

Romance is another genre I think it could go under because Tobias and Tris are in a relationship and throughout the book you can experience the challenges in a relationship. Tris and Tobias get into a lot of fights but usually make-up and get back together. They have a special relationship because Tobias was Tris's initiation instructor.

Action is the last one I'll talk about. This is a genre in the book because there is a lot of fighting and battles like when Tris and Tobias want to escape something. There is usually a gun mentioned in each chapter. There is a lot of description about fights and about how much pain the character is in if they are injured. In initiation training there is a lot of action with Peter trying to be in first place in the rankings. Peter while do anything to be first, and that includes stabbing someone in the eye with a butter knife or trying to throw Tris off the Chasm.


message 41: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie | 2 comments I am reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

My novel contains dystopian features, science fiction, romance, and a small amount of suspense.

Dystopian: Usually a dystopian universe represents a dark version of a possible future. Dystopian novels are often written as warnings showing how current trends in society can develop into a nightmarish future. In Delirium, the book is a darker version of Portland, which is isolated from the world, and shows that love can either destroy you, save you or both. Delirium is about a society built upon a lie, that deliria(love) is a lethal disease that must be cured.

Science fiction: Delirium is a alternate version of the future.

Romance:
In Delirium, there is a lingering romance between Lena (protagonist) and Alex, which progresses throughout the book.

Suspense:
Lena and Alex's shared feeling toward each other that are forbidden to have. They learn how to secretly meet, always having a sense of being seen, which conjures up a feeling of suspense.


message 42: by Cameron.h (new)

Cameron.h | 2 comments I am reading World War Z

Dystopia: The book takes place in earth now when there is a zombi apocalyspe e a that is threatening the future of humans.
Horror: Its about zombies and many people think that the living dead are very scary.
Political: The book talks about how the government and society would act if there was a zombie apocalypse.

Science Fiction: Zombies are not real making the whole zombie apocalypse situation and all the interviews science fiction. For now.


message 43: by Sean (new)

Sean | 1 comments The book I am reading is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Fantasy: This book is fantasy because it takes place in Hogwarts, a school for wizards. This is not possible in real life.


Adventure: This book is all about awesome adventures! Every chapter Harry and his friends seem to get them selves stuck in sticky situations.


Fiction: This story is very fabricated because its not based off of true events.


message 44: by Ben (new)

Ben (benthebob99) | 1 comments Hello erbody! 'Tis Ben here!
I am reading Fall of Five by James Frey and Jobie Hughes under the pseudonym of Pittacus lore.

This book is a Sci/fi, action, adventure and fantasy.

The sci/fi aspect of this book includes the fact that the main character and almost all other characters are aliens, all of whom have special powers that include things like telekinesis, invisibility, and more superhuman abilities.

There is definitely a gargantuan amount of action in The Fall of Five. The characters often engage in combat, there are many, many intense and engaging moments with a considerably large amount of chaos and heavily action-packed events that push the characters through tricky and wild situations.

Adventure plays an incredibly large role in the plot of my book in many ways, including the fact that the characters are all traveling around the world in search of another one of their species, who will then join them in their quest to find and destroy the enemy leader; a fierce and powerful alien who seeks to destroy the very people who hunt him, ultimately causing their race to be extinct.

Fantasy is most certainly one of the most critical and perhaps obvious genre of The Fall of Five. The characters in the book live on Earth and look like humans but are in fact the last remaining population of an almost extinct alien species that are trying to save their kind by destroying the evil warlord and leader of another alien race who is seeking to destroy the protagonists. Obviously, with aliens who have laser canons, super powers and pets that can change form, this book definitely contains a large amount of fantasy.

Those are the genres of my book: The Fall of Five.


message 45: by Saadia (new)

Saadia Ali | 2 comments I am reading How I live Now by Meg Rosoff. The genres in my book are; Fiction, Realistic Fiction & Social Issues.

Realistic Fiction: Because it is not based on a true story, it is about a girl who moves away during the 3rd world war and how her life would be if it happened.

Fiction: It takes place during the 3rd world war.

Social Issues: She falls in love with her cousin. The war becomes worse and her & her families lives are impacted greatly as they begin to attack near her.


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