Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018
Twelve year old Jonas lives in what seems like an ideal world. Everything is chosen for you, where you live, who your spouse is, what your job is, because, according to the community leader, when people have the opportunity to choose, they choose wrong. But Jonas never expected his life assignment to be the Receiver. He is assigned to learn from the Giver, but not what he thinks he is going to learn. With the help of the Giver, he begins to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community.
I don't remember reading a book as fast as I read this one. It was a great read. I...
Friday, Jul 29, 2016
Pia grew up in a secret laboratory hidden in the rainforest, completely cut off from the outside world. She was raised by scientists to be the first of a new immortal race. But one night, she discovers a hole in the fence separating her from freedom, and sneaks out. She meets Eio, a boy from a local village, and together try to discover the dark and sinister story of her origin.
Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost. I loved...
Saturday, Feb 17, 2018
Rated by Jackie S.
In Anthem, Ayn Rand illustrates how society and individuals suffer under extremist rule. The characters are bound to one another, and assigned specific duties, with the intention of benefiting the collective. After Equality 7-2521 makes a discovery from an ancient time, he begins to work on something that is outside of his designated vocation.
Monday, Aug 1, 2016
Adelaide is a countess used to getting anything she wants, but she is tired of all the comfort and luxury. So she poses as a servant to escape and start a life in the new world by going to the glittering court. It was designed to transform impoverished young women into the upper class so they can gain powerful and wealthy marriages in the colonies across the sea. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from everyone but the son of the man who created the court, who is a hiding a dangerous secret of his own. It is hard to deny the attraction simmering between them, but if acted upon,...
Thursday, May 26, 2016
When Tegan decides to donate her body to science, she never expected to wake up 100 years later locked in a top-secret facility with no idea how she got there, or what happened on the day that was supposed to be the best of her life. The future isn’t at all what she had hoped, and when she learns the terrible secrets of the government that saved her, she must decide whether to keep her head down and try to survive, or fight for what she knows is right.
I have a few minor criticisms. The emotional freight of some of the interactions between Tegan and her friends on occasion comes...
Friday, Feb 19, 2016
The nation of Panem is a post-apocalyptic version of North America. It consists of 12 poorer districts and the powerful and wealthy Capitol. Early in it’s history, the 13 districts rebelled against the Capitol which resulted in the destruction of the 13th district and, as punishment, an annual televised show called the Hunger Games. Each year, all the districts must choose a boy and a girl to send to the games that are forced to fight to the death, until only one survivor remains to claim victory. When Katniss’ sister Prim is chosen, she volunteers to stand in her place. She and the other...
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Thomas wakes up in the lift with no memory except that of his name. He is surrounded by other boys whose memories are also gone. They are in the glade, and it is surrounded by towering stone walls that make an ever-changing and limitless maze. It is the only way out, and no one has ever gone through it alive. But then a girl arrives, the first girl ever, and she carries a terrifying message.
The plot was fast paced, suspenseful and full of surprises. The twists and turns this book took shocked me unlike any other book I've read. It also has some creative lingo but I found it easy to...
Thursday, Oct 5, 2017
Rated by Kari E.
The future of America is bleak in Olson’s debut novel, The Sandcastle Empire. A group of anarchists, called the Wolfpack, overthrow all systems of social and governmental order, flipping the classes. The haves are thrown into gulags and the have-nots now control everything. The East and West coast are underwater and global warming is threatening the world. The only choice is to build underwater pods.
Friday, Mar 31, 2017
Rated by Amanda W.
The Natural Way of Things opens dramatically as Yolanda discovers she is being held captive in the Australian Outback. She is one of a small group of women who all have a curious, not immediately obvious, connection: they have all been part of public sex scandals. While the story leaves a lot unanswered and is incredibly dark in content and description, the beautiful writing was enough to keep me engaged until the end.
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016
Cloud Atlas (dvd)
Rated by Diane H.
Cloud Atlas is a movie that, for me, gets better with every watching. Fortunately, I had been forewarned that it is confusing; otherwise I might have turned it off after the first few minutes. While I got the gist of the plot with the first viewing – several lives interweaving and affecting each other through time – with each subsequent viewing I was able to catch more detail and see layers I had missed before.