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review 2017-05-17 04:06
The Handmaid's Tale - Review
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some.

- Chapter 32

 

This is the story of Offred (of Fred). She is a handmaid in a society that has difficulty reproducing effectively. Fertile women are "given to" powerful men, in order to bear them children.

 

This is a scary and powerful tale. It isn't full of action and adventure, but a story told quietly, from Offred's point of view. We see glimpses of her life before, and into her current situation. The end was sort of abrupt and open-ended. But some things just aren't meant to be wrapped up in a bow. There is a great deal of emotion packed into this book and I'm glad I finally read it. People have been suggesting I read this book for years. So, when the series came out, I knew I had to read it before I watched. 

 

The scariest thing about this book is how subtle, gradual changes can lead to something so awful before you even know what's happening. One of the quotes in the book said things may not seem ordinary now, but after a time they become ordinary. I believe this is true, little changes add up and gradually become normal, and before you know it society is really messed up.

 

I choose this book when I landed on the GO space in Booklikes-opoly - giving me a free choice.

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review 2017-04-20 04:07
City of Ember, Graphic Novel - Review
The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel - Dallas Middaugh,Niklas Asker,Jeanne DuPrau

 

 

This is a great story made even better by the gorgeous artwork. I read the book a couple years ago but was never interested in the sequels. Now I find myself wondering what happens next. Maybe I will find the next book in graphic novel format too.

 

I read this as part of Booklikes-opoly as a book beginning with "C". Now that I'm finally finished, I guess I can roll again since it is still the 19th. :)

 

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review 2017-01-05 02:56
What does it mean to be human?
The Clone Codes #1 - Patricia C. Mckissack;Fredrick McKissack;John McKissack

In the year 2170, clones are created to do specific jobs and basically treated like slaves. They are created bald, with skin colors, like purple, orange, and silver and referred to by number. These measures serve to dehumanize them and make it easy for people to spot a clone. In addition to clones, there are cyborgs; a person becomes a cyborg if they have artificial or bionic parts (due to replacements from accidents or illness). Cyborgs are considered three fifths of a person.  

 

The book opens with Leanna attending virtual school and experiencing the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman. The reader quickly sees the comparison between slaves and the clones & cyborgs. At the start of the book, Leanna sees the clones and cyborgs as less than people also; 99% of society does. But, Leanna is about to discover some secrets that will rock her world.

 

This is a compelling story and Leanna goes through a significant transformation. Students should read this book when they learn about slavery in U.S. history. It could lead to thought-provoking discussions about slavery, cloning, and society.

 

I do have to admit that the "secrets" Leanna discovers are pretty obvious from page one, but that doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the story. At the end of the book, the authors compare fact to fiction. At 165 pages, the book is a quick, enjoyable read that also teaches some history. This is book one of a trilogy, which I will end up reading I'm sure.

 

Recommended to:

Students in grades 5 and up.

 

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review 2016-12-26 08:00
Together Forever by Ela Lond
Together Forever - Ela Lond Together Forever - Ela Lond Together Forever by Ela Lond is a horror, dystopian story with the Infected infesting the world and changing civilization as it had been known. Leah and Adam are on a journey to Assembly. Can they reach their destiny? I gave it almost four stars. “Hey!” Adam's voice pulled Leah out of her musings. “Where did you wander off to?” She sighed. “Just remembering.” “Don't.” His hand found hers and he interwove their fingers. “You know what we said; that we will always look forward --” “Never turning back.” She finished for him. Ha squeezed her hand. “Together forever.” “Yeah.” She nodded. Together forever." I received a complimentary copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review. Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Together-Forever-Ela-Lond-ebook/dp/B00FWWDHDS
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review 2016-12-26 08:00
Together Forever by Ela Lond
Together Forever - Ela Lond Together Forever - Ela Lond Together Forever by Ela Lond is a horror, dystopian story with the Infected infesting the world and changing civilization as it had been known. Leah and Adam are on a journey to Assembly. Can they reach their destiny? I gave it almost four stars. “Hey!” Adam's voice pulled Leah out of her musings. “Where did you wander off to?” She sighed. “Just remembering.” “Don't.” His hand found hers and he interwove their fingers. “You know what we said; that we will always look forward --” “Never turning back.” She finished for him. Ha squeezed her hand. “Together forever.” “Yeah.” She nodded. Together forever." I received a complimentary copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review. Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Together-Forever-Ela-Lond-ebook/dp/B00FWWDHDS
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