Thursday, March 27, 2014

Neptune's Children by: Bonnie Dobkin

Josh and his sister are visiting the Isles of Wonder when a terrorist group biologically attacks the world, killing all of the adults. Josh and his sister are stranded on the island of the Isles of Wonder with other children who were visiting or live there. They come together to help each other but when accusations are aspersed small groups form. The islanders are on the brink of a war that will determine the future of the islanders. Will Josh and his sister come out safe and sound or will they lose their lives in this war?

When I read the blurb for Neptune's Children, my first thought was: Gone by Michael Grant. The basic idea of both novels is the same, all the adults disappear, the children are left to fend for themselves, cliques form etc. I thought that I would like it considering it was like Gone. But I didn't like it. I didn't like it very much because it was very predictable. You always knew who was going to cause problems. Another reason I didn't like it was because I had already read Gone. I had a picture in my head that was similar to what happens in Gone. I believe I would have liked Neptune's Children if I hadn't read Gone before. I would give it 2 stars just because it was very predictable.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Unwind by: Neal Shusterman

Unwind is the story of Connor, a boy who has been sent to be unwound because he gets into too many fights; Risa a ward of the state who doesn't make the cut and is sent to be unwound; and Lev a tithe. Lev is being sent to be unwound because his family believes they should give 10% of everything to God. Lev is their 10th child and therefore the 10% that needs to be given to God. Connor uses Lev as a human shield to escape while Risa uses the commotion caused by Connor and Lev to escape as well. The three form and iffy alliance to escaped the unwinding process. Will they avoid capture with support from each other or will they be unwound?

The first time I heard about Unwind I was skeptical. People taking kids apart to use their "parts?" I didn't think it would be a very interesting book in terms of how interesting the plot would be. I was definitely surprised at how it sucked me in. My favorite and least favorite thing about the book was how short the chapters were. I liked it because it made you want to keep reading. I didn'tlike the shortness of the chapters because couldn't tell myself "one more chapter" and procrastinate longer. I would give Unwind 5 stars because of it's awesome plot. 

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