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text 2018-05-02 21:04
The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken
Passenger - Alexandra Bracken

"The darkest minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces" (Bracken 456).

I have finished reading the incredible dystopian novel that is The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken for my project. I was stunned by the events that lead to the end of the novel. I won't spoil it for you, but I guaranty that you'll want to read the next book with the cliff hanger it leaves you on. The quote above is clearly where the book title comes from. The passage it comes from is very interesting, and I invited you to guess who its directed toward. It's likely the intended target of the quote will surprise you. My partner has also finished her book, Passenger, by the same author. When comparing our novels, I found several similarities. The writing style was obviously very similar, with a lot of imagery and details. Both books also include lots of travel. In The Darkest Minds, Ruby and her friends travel around in Black Betty looking East River. In Passenger, the main characters Etta and Nicholas travel through time and place looking for an important artifact. To end this blog post, I would like to help you find some new books on this website. One way to do this is on your dashboard. Your dashboard is filled with your friend's review and your bookshelf updates. Make sure to check out these books, and not overlook them. And to get more books on your dash, simply make sure to follow more authors. I hope you liked my updates on The Darkest Minds and you find some great books.

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text 2018-04-29 18:29
Never Fade - Alexandra Bracken
Long Way Down - Jason Reynolds
When I Was the Greatest - Jason Reynolds,Michael Frost

      Currently, I am reading Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. This is the second book in The Darkest Minds series. This book is about how girl named Ruby has a disease that almost killed her and killed most of America's children. She now has to track down a boy named Liam, who holds something that is very important, but to do that, she must break free from the Children's League, which is a very hard task in itself. While reading the first book, I predicted that Liam would be the one who stole the flash drive with all of the crucial disease information, so therefore, my prediction was correct. I also predict that in the second book, Ruby will come out on top and get the flash drive back. 

      My partner for this project was Maddie and we both read books by Jason Reynolds. She read the book When I Was the Greatest and I read Long Way Down. In these books, there were many clear connections to Reynolds's life and some similarities between the plot of each book. In both books, Jason Reynolds wrote about kids of color who didn't grow up in the best or safest neighborhood. This aspect of the novels was drawn from his own life because he felt that when he was growing up, he never saw himself as the character in a book. This was also part of his inspiration, to write books that had characters that looked different so that every child could see them self in a book. In my book, Will's brother was murdered and in Maddie's book, there were ideas that showed the neighborhood wasn't very safe, like town curfews and constant police patrol. This allows readers to draw a connection that he wanted his readers to realize that he didn't come from the best neighborhood, but he still did wonderful and admirable things with his life.

     There are many ways to find new books on the Booklikes website. One of those ways is by going to your dashboard and then clicking on the tab that says book catalog. By clicking on this, you can search for books based on genre. By using this method, I found other books that Alexandra Bracken has written, such as Passenger.

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text 2018-04-27 13:16
Passenger: The Final Post
Wayfarer (Passenger) - Alexandra Bracken

 

Hello everyone! If you couldn't already tell by the title, I finished Passenger and this will be my last post regarding it. The book as a whole was incredible, as each setting that emerged was as well crafted as the first. The ending was unexpected, and likely not pleasing to many readers. I myself was unhappy with the turn of events, and didn't want it to end, especially not like that! Luckily, however, there is a sequel, Wayfarer (pictured), that I plan on reading. Hopefully it will pick back up where Passenger left off and satisfy my reading needs!

 Since I myself need a new book to find now, I thought I would share a way of finding one, right here on BookLikes! he first thing you do is go to "Explore" on the drop down menu. Once pressed, you will see an option to the left that says "Book Catalog". Press on that, and a large list of genres will appear on the left again. Search for your favorite genre there, find it, and click! You will be shown many wonderful titles to choose from!

 

I hope you all will read Passenger or a book you found on BookLikes. Happy reading!

 

-Julia

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text 2018-04-24 04:41
Biographical Criticism
The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken

I have continued to read the novel The Darkest Minds. Recently, we've been instructed to look at our books from the biographical criticism standpoint. After researching my author (Alexandra Bracken) I did find some similarities between the author's life and her writing. One parallel between Bracken's writing and her life is were she went to college. She went to The College of William and Mary, which is in Virginia. The majority of the book I have read thus far has also been in Virginia/West Virginia. Based on this information, we can assume that Virginia and Bracken's college years as a whole had a great impact on her. I also learned that the author has a dog she cares for through research. Similarly, a character in the book, Chubs, has a soft spot for animals. He accuses Liam of leaving a box of defenseless kittens alone (though the group had no way to care for them) and was described to have a goofy grin on his face while feeding ducks breadcrumbs. I can clearly see how much the author loves animals in general, as she pushes this love into one of her characters. After looking at Alexandra Brackens writing through the "lens" of biographical criticism, I have found that knowing more about her life has better helped me to understand her work.

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quote 2018-04-19 16:33
"Because every second I stayed with them was another chance for them to discover that skip tracers and PSFs weren't the real monsters of the world. No. One of the real ones was sitting in their backseat" (Bracken 150).
The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken

As I read deeper into the book The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken for my project, the more I love it. She is such an amazing author and describes her characters so well. I feel as though I know each of them individually. The quote above is from Ruby, (one of her thoughts). She is convinced that she can't stay with the small group of kids she has found a home with, as she thinks they will hate her when they realize what she is. An Orange. She believes herself (and her power to see into peoples minds) to be a monster, worse then the people trying to put them into concentration camps or hunting them for a reward. With this quote, we can see how deeply these thoughts akin to self hatred really run. The way Bracken has Ruby call herself one of the "real monsters of the world" is such a great to show how camp Thurmond influenced her and her own thoughts about her powers. It is truly a magnificent quote by the author to show us what Ruby thinks of herself.

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