Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Books #33 and #34

I've finished two books since the last time I wrote one of these, so it's time to catch up!
The first book that I finished was Son by Lois Lowry. Son is the last of the four books in The Giver quartet. I don't even think that the fourth book was supposed to exist, but thankfully, it did. I loved The Giver. It's one of my most favorite books of all time. The language, the plot, everything is just perfect in that book. The best part about it too, is probably the worst part about it because you don't really know what happens to the community. It's one of those endings that you just have to imagine for yourself, like the ending in Inception (which was just as brilliant).
I loved Son because, unlike Gathering Blue and The Messenger, it returned to the original community; Jonas' community.  I learnt more about this place from the perspective of a girl named Claire. I should probably mention here that the book focused on a girl named Claire who was named a birthmother, but her son was taken from her and she just wanted him back. She searched for years for her son (and I'm not going to tell you if she found him or not).  The writing in this book was just as good as the writing in The Giver. Unlike some reviews of the book that I've read, I think that the time that Claire spent in the fishing village was one of the best parts of the book-especially her relationship with Einar. I loved the Rumplestiltskin-like character of the Trademaster. And above all, I loved the theme of the book-that love is stronger than hate (if you didn't learn that from Harry Potter, you'll definitely learn it here).
5 stars

The second book I read, I finished over the weekend. It's a book called Cinder by Melissa Meyer. I was very cynical about this book. I saw it on the bookshelves of Barnes & Noble and thought it would be just a typical distopian-Twilight-esque book. The reason that I read it is because the school's librarian, Mr. S. gave me a copy of the book because there was a raffle at school on Banned Book Week, and I won, so he picked out a book for me to read. He actually gave me another one as well, called Starters, but I've already read that.
It was ok. I don't think it was great. It was an interesting twist on the Cinderella story. I didn't like the language. I think it was too straightforward and a bit dull. It was also very predictable. My favorite part about it though, was Iko. She was amazing. I would want to have a robot that had a personality like Iko. She was cute and funny, and I loved the fact that she dressed herself up in Cinder's stepmother's jewelry.
3.5 Stars

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