Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Book #: 1 in “the Maze Runner” trilogy
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Publication: October 2009 by Delacorte Press
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Source: Bought, Paperback
Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Book #: Standalone
Publication: May 20013, by Plume
Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan becomes: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” This 1945 satire addresses the socialist/ communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union.
Synopsis from Goodreads.com
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
After trying for several times to write this review, I have decided that I will just write what comes to my mind right now and just keep it short, simple and sweet.
I was really taken by this book. There were moments when all I could do was stare at what was standing in letters right in front me and only think “What?… What the?… How?… How is this even possible?…” I have to say: “George Orwell, I take my hat off”. He managed to describe everything that is right and wrong in our society through describing an animal society. This book left me wondering how are we really different? Man and animal seems to be one and the same. Sorry if I’m becoming a bit philosophic here, but this book really provokes these kind of thoughts and questions.
It was also relatively easy to go through, as it was very small and also used a quite “easy” writing style. I have to say that I was really glad this book wasn’t longer, because even though I did appreciate all the thoughts and meanings of this book, it still was not exactly my kind of thing. I admit, I’m used to reading a lot of young adult and action packed books, so this one was very far away from my comfort zone. But I’m happy I gave it a try! It also feels nice somehow to read something completely different every once in a while.
Mr Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes.
I “appreciated” this book, but didn’t exactly “like” it.
George Orwell is definitely a genius with a great imagination.
I don’t regret reading this in any way!
Recommend it for…
- Anyone who wants to read something thought-provoking
- Fans of 1984 by George Orwell
Author: Michel Grant
Book #: 1 in the “Gone” series
Publication: June 2008 by Katherine Tegen Books
In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…
Synopsis from Goodreads.com
“That’s your solution? Have a cookie?’ Astrid asked. ‘No, my solution is to run down to the beach and hide out until this is all over,’ Sam said. ‘But a cookie never hurts.”
This book got straight into action! From the very first sentence things were starting to happen and I was immediately intrigued! The idea was really great and had a lot of potential from the beginning. I mean, suddenly everyone who is over 15 years old disappears and no one has any idea what’s going on, how this happened and what should be done next!
Obviously all the characters of the book are going to be children under 15 years old, but I can’t say that this bothered me, even though I’m 22 years old! They were actually behaving more like 17-year-olds in my opinion, but I can also imagine that in a situation like that some people would act a bit more maturely. The main character is a boy named Sam. I can’t say I’m a big fan of Sam’s character. I very much prefered Astrid who was the love interest. She was a really smart girl, also called Astrid the genius, had a really strong character, but also a soft side, that we could see through the way she was taking care of her little brother.
The downside of this book was that it was so very long! With almost 600 pages it took me a while to get through the whole thing, even though it was very interesting from cover to cover. I feel like there could be some things left out, so that the book would be a bit smaller and a bit less intimidating.
All in all, I would recommend this book to a number of people and I want to continue with the series, but after I take a small break and read a few other stories first!
One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War.
Recommend it for…
- Fans of supernatural fiction
- Adults, teens and middleschoolers (it could just apply to anyone)