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review 2016-11-18 00:00
Ask the Passengers
Ask the Passengers - A.S. King 3.5 stars

This is a story about a girl who is questioning and leaning toward being gay. She has a girlfriend, but she is figuring everything out, including her life in a new town and troubles with her parents. I feel like family relationships are just as big of a focus as anything else in this book. There's also a lot about high school, popularity, friendship and other teen issues. Astrid's narrative is broken occasionally by little bits from other's lives. It shows how everyone is struggling with something in their lives, not just teens. I liked this book and felt like it did have a message for me, but I also think a teen would get more from it than I did.
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text 2016-09-22 19:33
More details - the book my sister remembers

Related to my previous post...

 

Here's some more info on the book my sister has vague memories of that she thinks Passengers might be based off of:

"I think it's a relatively older one though. I believe I was in middle school and it wasn't new at that point either.*

 

The main character is a guy. He's the only one awake and the ship I'm pretty sure has a female voice that can talk.... Maybe. That memory could be incorrect

 
I do know that there was a robotic android bartender that the guy would talk to
And I'm pretty sure he was the ship's janitor or something who accidentally got woken up too soon."
So, even if Passengers isn't based on a book, is this thing that my sister remembers a real book? I'm pretty sure I've read more SFF than her, and I can't recall ever reading anything like that. But then again I have huge gaps in my older sci-fi reading.
 
* - Meaning it was published before the late 90s.
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text 2016-09-22 19:21
My sister's question - Passengers

My sister called me up as I was getting ready for work this morning. Her question: "Hey, have you seen the trailer for the movie Passengers? Is it based on a book? Because I had serious deja vu when I saw that the bartender was really a robot."

 

I've been doing some checking, and I've seen some mentions that Passengers is an original script and some mentions that it's based on a book. This article says it's based on a book of the same title, but it doesn't say who the author is. I had thought this would be easier to figure out than it's turning out to be.

 

Anybody know what book, if any, the movie is based on? Who's the author? The only other thing I can think of is that the script writer originally wrote it as a book and then re-wrote it as a script when it didn't sell, and that's why some sources keep saying it's based on a book, but you'd think someone would mention that if it were the case.

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text 2015-06-11 20:10
Ask the Passengers - A.S. King

". . . equality isn't really obvious to most people.

 

And I don't mean to say the world is filled with racists or sexists or homophobes.   I mean to say:  Everybody's always looking for the person they're better than."

 

page 231

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review 2015-05-07 00:40
Ask the Passengers
Ask the Passengers - A.S. King

Whatever I write here for my review will not give this book the justice it deserves. I listened to this book as I made my way down the road and then sometimes I sat just waiting in my car for that “one more chapter” to finish up, as I just couldn’t leave my new adopted family and go about my life until I felt comfortable shutting the door and walking away.  I found myself replying and talking to them as if I was a individual in their lives, a person they knew, someone who mattered,  and I knew exactly or I thought I knew exactly what was about to be spoken.  The energy coming from my speakers filled me with adrenaline,  I will miss my new family as I know their journey is far from being over but my CD’s told me otherwise. 


Astrid was good at keeping secrets, almost too good.  When her friend’s secrets finally get revealed, she’s the one who suffers.  For Astrid, she was real, she was true, and she was only being honest with herself and with others.  Astrid, she a girl who was deciding who she was, deciding who she wanted to be, deciding where she fit in, and deciding whether she was gay or not.  Seeing her imaginary friend Frank Socrates, she navigates her way, she fights through with sarcasm and truth where others hide, deny or used others.  I enjoyed every character of this book, they where a complete package.  So much could be said about this book, so go listen to it.  Listen, really listen and hear what she says.  Her comments hit hard, they come from the heart, and she’s discovering herself and the world around her. Something we all need to stop and do.

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