So much YES in this. Also, if you turn around an entire bay of books in a bookstore, it’s not cute or funny. That’s you being a straight up dick. Especially because you never pay attention to the alphabet & workers have to completely redo the entire bay. Imagine that you have all of your files in order for a big work project and seconds before you’re going to hand it in/submit it, I come along and write on all the pages so you have to redo it. Sucks right?
I thought about going about this in a sarcastic and brutal way, but then I remembered how being in retail has taught me to be polite even in the worst of circumstances. So, in keeping with the theme of this blog, I’m going to clue some of you in on the Do’s and Dont’s of shopping in a retail…
I’ve loved Ishmael Beah’s writing ever since I read his memoir A Long Way Gone back in college. His memoir was heart-breaking but an open look at child soldiers.
In Radiance of Tomorrow, readers are introduced to life after war. The residents of Imperi thought they would never be affected by war. All reports were that skirmishes were hundreds of miles away. However, their world is shattered one day during a “No Living Thing” raid. As the name suggests, no living thing is meant to survive. Men, women, children, elderly - everyone must die.
Readers learn all of this throughout the book. The story/novel begins seven years after the attack on Imperi when residents are beginning to return. Nothing is as it seems anymore. Two former residents spend days trying to rid Imperi of bones of the deceased. The question of whether or not your loved ones survived is constantly on their minds. Can they recognize their children or grandchildren by their bones?
What follows is a chilling account of the residents trying to return to the “old ways” of Imperi. Though they start a routine, it doesn’t last long. A mining company moves in and the government ignores any complaints the residents make against the company. Radiance of Tomorrow is a startling look at how war is not just comprised of the battles fought, but also the rebuilding that comes after. Can a town/village/people/person every truly recover from war?
I know what I wanted this book to be when I started reading it. I wanted it to be reassurance that life gets better or easier after war. However, Beah accepts reality. Life is rarely ever easy and war is disastrous. His characters face the harsh reality that no one will save them, if they want life to change then they must make the changes. Life isn’t easy, the difficulties just change.
Go get his book in January when it’s available, you won’t regret it
Allegiant by Veronica Roth came out two days ago. I read it in 4 hours and I’m still attempting to process some parts of it. In case you aren’t aware, it’s the final book in the popular Divergent series. I have loved the series since I picked up Divergent in London a little over 2 years ago.
I will NOT spoil the ending of this book for anyone. If you comment about the ending, you better start with SPOILER<—-in all caps, just like that. Too many people tweeted spoilers already.
Now, how can I talk about the book without spoiling it? Easy, unlike the first two, this book was told from two perspectives: Tobias and Tris. I liked this a lot because we finally get to delve deeper into the mind of Tobias. For me, he had always been this mysterious guy that Tris loves but that we don’t really get to wrap our minds around. Now we do.
Tobias isn’t perfect and that’s what reading from his perspective will show readers. We all have flaws, now we see his. Seeing Tris from his point of view was also very interesting.
Okay, what else happens? Well, people die. There, I said it. But guess what? People have died in all of the books. That’s what happens when there is war. I’m not saying the death(s) in this book is/are easy to get over, but if you expect the book to be flowery happy endings, you’re delusional. Do you really think you can end a series like this with an ending like that? I don’t mean that as a hateful question, but ask yourself honestly, do you think it would ring true to the series with a flowery, happy ending?
At first I wanted to rage against the end of the book, but I found that I can’t. Roth has more courage than many other YA authors and I applaud her a thousand times over for ending the book the way she did. I may have wanted a happy ending, but deep down I knew that seemed unlikely for the world teetering on the edge. So when I read the ending, it was a sense of closure. Not many other endings would have felt as real as this one did. That’s what I walked away with, a sense of real-ness (I don’t even think that’s a word).
There is sadness, there is loss (I mean it’s the end of a great series), there is progress, and there is hope.
A friend of mine has been telling me for months to read the Jim Butcher Dresden files. I occasionally dabble in science fiction, so I thought I might be interested. My friend, however, said the first two books were just bad so he bought me the third & fourth to get started.
I have to say, Harry Dresden as a wizard is not what I was expecting (forgive me, I hadn’t even read the back of one of them before). While the books were entertaining, I wasn’t blown away by them as I expected I would be. Harry is someone I want to shake & hang by his heels until he promises to behave.
It seems like a fun series although I kind of wish some of the plot points didn’t neatly wrap up at the end of every book. It almost feels like a television series in book form.
In just 5 days, I will finally get my hands on a copy of Veronica Roth’s Allegiant. I’m taking the day off work to read it (I’m serious).
A lot of blogs and websites have been giving advice for how to get ready for the release. You could re-read Divergent and Insurgent (though if you’re like me, you regularly re-read them anyway). You could look at pictures of the book and speculate what’s going to happen.
Unfortunately, there seems to have been a leak of a PDF version of the book within the last week. Don’t search #Allegiant or #AllegiantSpoilers as some people using the first hashtag aren’t being very considerate of the fact that some of us are waiting anxiously until Oct. 22.
So where/how will you read Allegiant? I’ll be cuddled up on my bed at 10:15 (I’m assuming it’ll only take 15 minutes to go buy it) with a hot chocolate.
People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.
James Dashner is releasing the first book in a new series next month. The series is the Mortality Doctrine and this new book is The Eye of Minds. Imagine being able to connect to a VirtNet, a virtual world where you can escape the real world.
Michael is a gamer and escapes to the VirtNet frequently to meet up with his friends. Lately, there’s a hacker in the VirtNet that the government can’t control. Luckily, the government knows that to beat a hacker, you need a hacker. Enter Michael and his two friends. The risks are great and the three of them may never come back from their experiences. But for Michael and his friends, the threat almost doesn’t seem real, until it’s too late to back out.
Michael is a likeable, if dense, character. There is one issue I had with this book, in that it didn’t flow as smoothly as the Maze Runner did. I wasn’t expecting another Maze Runner, but the flow of this book sometimes seemed off somehow occasionally.
Another surprise twist at the end, with massive impact on the rest of the series. I do like how you discover more and more about the three main characters as they confront the “evil” in the story. It’s a natural way to find out more about a person & it helped move the plot along.
While I fell in love with Dashner’s writing in the Maze Runner, this book is different enough (in a good way) to be a great book on its own. Sometimes authors have issues writing a different book (yes, I know he’s written other books as well) after a hugely successful series like the Maze Runner, but Dashner rises to the challenge admirably with the beginning of this new series.
Out today is science fiction writer Brandon Sanderson’s newest book Steelheart. When the Calamity happened, humans started getting superpowers. It changed the balance of the world and average humans are left to deal with it. Every person who has gained these powers has turned evil. These Epics, as they are called, want to rule the world and there’s pretty much nothing standing in their way. The only ones who even fight are the Reckoners, a slippery group of humans no one knows much about.
Ten years ago David watched Steelheart, a particularly nasty Epic who runs Chicago, kill his father. That day, he saw the untouchable Steelheart bleed. Now he thinks he can help the Reckoners defeat Steelheart. He just has to find & convince them.
I’ve never read any of Brandon Sanderson’s work so I didn’t have anything to compare this book to as far as that’s concerned. The concept sounded interesting and I decided to take a chance. Lord am I glad I did. The chapters are short and leave cliffhangers so you just have to keep reading. I can’t tell you how much sleep I lost reading this book.
One of my biggest problems with YA books is when they get predictable. There are a lot that aren’t, but when I find a particularly good book, I can’t help but be excited. This is one of those books. David has focused his whole life on getting revenge, forgetting everything else.
I won’t go into any more details because there are just surprises galore and I refuse to spoil any of them. I rarely find myself so surprised in the last 30 or so pages of a book, but this one definitely did it. Go get it, then be prepared to be up all night.