Wednesday, April 18, 2007

End-of-summer reading roundup, Book 4

Now that the leaves are turning and the school buses are clogging up our country roads twice a day (Would it kill those kids to walk farther than the end of their driveway? Oh wait, no sidewalks. Yes, it could kill them. Never mind.), it's time to finish reporting on my summer reading.

(Checks calendar.)


Anyway, our #5 book was Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic. To ensure that this list actually gets finished before the end of summer 2007, I'll keep the rest of them shorter.

4. Uglies, Pretties, and Specials, by Scott Westerfeld

This young adult science fiction trilogy counts as one book because the individual volumes don't stand alone, at least not if you have a remotely human level of curiosity. The cliff-hanger endings will leave you racing back to the bookstore or library. Because I suck at summing up a book in one sentence (unless it's mine), I'll quote the School Library Journal review:
Set some time in the future, after a human-made bacteria destroyed the modern world, the trilogy tells of new cities established and tightly controlled through brainwashing and a series of operations leading to a compliant society.

Me again. The novels touch on issues of free will, vanity, conformity, and loyalty. The thing I liked most was that the lead character, Tally Youngblood, makes some selfish and/or fearful choices early on that bring harm to others, but has the courage to redeem herself in self-sacrificing ways. Her bravery was all the more inspiring because of her all-too-human weaknesses. She wasn't some kick-butt super-heroine who never had a second thought or fear. I thought, I could be her.

Plus, it had some amazing hoverboard action sequences. Whee!

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