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TBT Book Review: The Giver

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Author: Lois Lowry

Genre (& Award): YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Newbery Award

In a Snapshot: Jonas lives in a community where all his decisions are made for him. When assigned to The Giver, Jonas receives his mentor’s memories–full of pain and joy.

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down:

I read this first in high school, then in college. Both times it was an assigned read. And both times, I loved it! So much in fact, I went to a book reading by Ms. Lowry and got a signed copy of this novel!!!! It was my most prized possession–which is why I am still so sad at having lost it when I lent it to a chef while working as a waitress. A librarian at heart, even before getting my masters, I’ve always loved sharing book recommendations with others. And sometimes my recommendations come in the form of my own personal copies. It’s a practice I still do today (and still get burned by from time to time).

Who will like this?

Like the man depicted on the cover, this book is the grandfather of all dystopian books today: The Hunger Games, Insurgent, Maze Runner–they all sort of hail from Lowry’s groundbreaking work. Hence the gold stamp of approval, the Newbery Award. So, naturally, if you’re a dystopian lover, you need to read this book. This is as classic as it gets. And seriously, read the book before you watch the movie. I haven’t yet seen the adaptation, but the book is always better than the movie.

Some Favorite Quotes:

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

“It’s the choosing that’s important, isn’t it?”

“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”


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Book Review: Across the Universe

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Author: Beth Revis

Genre: YA, NA, Science Fiction, Dystopian

In a Snapshot: Amy, a frozen teen on her way to a new planet 300 years into the future, is awakened 50 years too early. With the help of Elder (the boy destined to someday be the ship’s leader), she uncovers a terrible truth about the ship—and the people on board.

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down:

As always, I was in the mood for a romance, and I could tell this was going to be a love story based on the cover. I was also in the mood for a soft science fiction, so this fit the bill.

I read 2/3 of Across the Universe in audio format, but I finished with a hard copy from my library. I needed to get through the story faster. The pace of the audio book was too slow for my impatient reading ways. And no offense to the actors who voiced the dual perspectives of this book, but I don’t like to hear impersonated girl voices from male actors. The inflection and emotion seems off–especially when you have the female counterpart voice/actress to compare it to.

Who will like this? This book has a similar vibe to The Giver by Lois Lowry or City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau–but with an explicit sexual spin to itReaders who like dual boy/girl perspectives will like this (think Marie Lu’s Legend).

Note: some of the sexual scenes are just gross & dark (for a reason), so this book is for more mature readers.

A Favorite Quote: 

“I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn’t have one.”


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Book Review: Legend (series)

Legend_Marie_Lu_Book_cover220px-Prodigy_Marie_Lu_BookChampion by Marie Lu

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: YA (Dystopian)

In a Snapshot: June, the Republic’s military prodigy, sets out to capture Day, the Republic’s most wanted criminal, and discovers her country (formally western USA) is hiding a dark secret. Her enemy is not who she thinks he is…

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down: After reading the Hunger Games, I picked this book up as a dystopian replacement. It was one of the fastest YA reads ever! The chapters alternate between June and Day’s point of view. 

Who will like this? Matched fans, action-fans, suspense-fans, & those who love quick-paced narratives. Oh, and there’s a nice romance subplot in there too.

A Favorite Quote:

They never found out who did it, and I never came forward. There was, after all, no evidence. I had committed my first perfect crime. My mother used to hope that I would rise up from my humble roots. Become someone successful, or even famous.

I’m famous all right, but I don’t think it’s what she had in mind.

-Day


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Book Review: Matched (series)

Matched book series by Ally Condie

Author: Ally Condie

Genre: YA (Dystopian)

In a Snapshot: When Cassia is “matched” by her Society to marry her good friend, Xander, she is relieved. But when she discovers her mysterious friend, Ky, may actually be her true match, Cassia begins a dangerous journey discovering the secrets of her Society and her place within it.

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down: Well, I am actually writing my third YA novel, and I’ve always wanted to write a book about “matching” people–especially on a genetic compatibility level. You see, in high school, we filled out this personality questionnaire and then if we paid a couple bucks come Valentine’s day, we got a list of our top ten “compatible” matches in our school. Included on my top ten was the boy I dated for two years in HS, as well as, the boy I eventually married! The idea of being “matched” has stuck with me since…

Anyways, I needed to see whether I could continue with my story idea or if I should scrap it (I obviously don’t want to be accused of intellectual copyright infringement). Fortunately my story is very different. Phew! Anyways, what began as (comparable) genre research, ended up being an enjoyable read. I just picked up the final trilogy installment from my library today!

Who will like this? Dystopian enthusiasts (in a vein similar to the bestselling Legend trilogy–another book series to be reviewed shortly). Readers who like love triangles. Readers who could do without explicit sexuality, vulgar language, or violence.

A Favorite Quote:

I came up on the screen, too, Cassia. But he was the one you chose to see.