Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
This book still haunts me… I’m now a paranoid person who thinks that when her Husband doesn’t text back immediately he’s been taken by kidnappers… this ain’t no young adult fiction…
“In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old. He likes to read books, watch TV, and play games with his Ma. But Jack is different in a big way–he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are piercing and extraordinary.” — Taken from Amazon.com
This story is so chilling. It really puts you in the mindset of a 5-year-old. Although he views things at his level, you know what’s really happening (Jack calls the Kidnapper “Old Nick” because he comes at night…). Ma tries to do everything she possibly can for Jack by making things into games. For example, every week day they play a game call scream, where they stand on the table and scream out the soundproof skylight…
The book is diffidently divided up into thirds. The first part takes you into the 11 by 11 foot room that Ma and Jack share… the middle part is so thrilling you will NOT want to put the book down… and the last third of the book deals with the repercussions and adaptations of the middle part.
I do NOT want to give anything away, but this book is an amazing thriller.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
This Young Adult book was a light fun read. Can you imagine growing up where people don’t show affection… because they can’t feel it? No one holds hands or says I love you or hugs or anything. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a PDA person AT ALL, but still…
“Lena Haloway is content in her safe, government-managed society. She feels (mostly) relaxed about the future in which her husband and career will be decided, and looks forward to turning 18, when she’ll be cured of deliria, a.k.a. love. She tries not to think about her mother’s suicide (her last words to Lena were a forbidden “I love you”) or the supposed “Invalid” community made up of the uncured just beyond her Portland, Maine, border. There’s no real point—she believes her government knows how to best protect its people, and should do so at any cost. But 95 days before her cure, Lena meets Alex, a confident and mysterious young man who makes her heart flutter and her skin turn red-hot. As their romance blossoms, Lena begins to doubt the intentions of those in power, and fears that her world will turn gray should she submit to the procedure.” – From Amazon.com
This book was fun. It defidently brought me back to the days of my first crush oh so long ago and the butterfly feelings that you get… her next book (about different characters, but somewhat similar topics… teens are “matched” for the rest of their lives so you don’t have to chose who your partner or life will be like. It’s in my list of books to dig in to next.
Lena got super whiney sometimes, but I guess that’s to be expected in a book for angsty teenagers. I read the rights to the movie version were bought by Disney… so… there’s that.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
A yet to be fully released Trilogy, this is the best book to get you out of your “Hunger Games” funk and into the real world again… OK… maybe it’s not the real world when it’s still a young adult book series… but it’ll do in a pinch.
“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her selfless family where she has never truly fit in and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.” – Taken from Amazon.com
This was a fun read and the initiation process was very reminiscent of The Hunger Games. Although the characters seemed to suspect what is happening to them… then forget moments later only to rediscover it again…(SO ANNOYING)… I’m looking forward to the next books in the series! The rights were bought by the same company as Hunger Games… which is super exciting, but I don’t think they’ll even think about going into production until all of HG has been made.
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