Review of Shadow and Bones by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bones is a fantasy book about a world where the magical elite rule  under the guidance of a powerful leader called the Darkling. The main character Alina is recruited by a magical unit called the Grisha after a traumatic experience unleashes a power that she never knew she had. From that moment on Alina is thrust into a strange and dangerous world. The main theme of this book is that the truth always comes to light. Alina hid her power for years to avoid being separated from her best friend Mal until Alina exposed herself by creating a blinding light. The Darkling’s plan of gaining power is hidden from everyone until a trainer named Bahgra exposes his plans and helps Alina escape. The book was great but I wished it could have talked more in depth about Alina’s Grisha training and the different powers the Grisha’s have. I hope the next one focuses more on the Grisha than the problems of the main character or the huge class distinctions between Grisha and the non Grisha. If you like fantasy and can be patient when it comes to world building I would recommend this book.

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Why the Narration Makes Article 5 by Kristen Simmons A Remarkable Dystopia

Article 5 is a lot like The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood due to the fact that both  societies are ran by males and have barbaric ideas when it comes to woman. Article 5 is about a girl named Ember who is taken from her home after officers arrest her mother for violating Article 5 in the governments amendments, stating that children are only considered true citizens if both the mother and father are married. What makes this book a good dystopia is the way the world is seen. Ember knows very little about what happens to lawbreakers until the readers do so they learn more about the messed up society at the same time she does. One example is Ember witnesses what happens when people escape when she receives a fierce beating for trying to escape herself. Most books feature protagonists who know more about the dystopia world than the readers do. Article 5 allows the main character and the readers to learn about the world the book takes place in together.

Review of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

 

The Girl Who Played With Fire is the sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and like the first book it has a lot to say. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a book about a woman named Lisbeth Salander and a man named Mikael Blomkvist  who team up and solving the disappearance of a missing woman. This book makes a statement about the few rights woman have. This is especially seen by the fact that the missing woman ran away due to  the fact that she couldn’t stand to stay in the house and be at her brother and fathers mercy.The book takes place in Sweden so some things are really hard for people who live in countries like the United States to grasp.

The second book The Girl Who Played With Fire takes place sometime after the first. Lisbeth is accused of murdering two people whom Blomkvist knows and he is determined to prove her innocent. This book gives insight  into Lisbeth complex background. The main point of the book was  to me show other treat people with mental issues. Lisbeth is viewed by those who do not know as mentally challenged and a psychopath. This treatment is caused by people abusing their powers as mental health professionals, cops and so forth. The people do this to destroy Lisbeth credibility about an incident in the path. The book ends on a cliff hanger and the next one takes place immediately after so if you plan to buy this book buy the one after it.

Creating Morals in a World Without As Seen In The Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman

The Unwind series is a dystopia like no other. It makes us question the world around us. The Unwind series consists of three book of which I have read two Unwind and Unwholly.The premise of the books is that between the ages of thirteen and seventeen parents are allowed to sign a form saying their  kid could be unwound. Unwinding means being taken apart organ by organ and having those organs donated to people in need and the kids themselves have absolutely no say in it.

The books explores unwinding from three different angles. Risa is a ward of the state or an orphan who is scheduled to be unwound after she lose a piano competition to get into a music school and is deemed worthless. Conner whose parents make the decision to unwind him and finally Levi whose overly religious parents view unwinding as sharing their precious son with those in need.

The trio manages to escape unwinding when Conner who stole a car crashes with the trucktransporting Risa and Levi to the unwinding camp. The three escape the accident together andchange the worlds views on unwinding forever.

My favorite chapter is called Teacher. It occurs when a teacher who finds Conner and Risa hiding in school, rather than turning them in she decides that it is her duty as a teacher to lead by example and helps them escape. Showing the teacher’s point of view of the incident shows that adults have a duty to set good examples for kids to follow. I think that chapter shows a valuable moral.

In Unwind Conner discovers, his, own set of morals and helps to guide others with it. In Unwholly Risa shows why sticking to morals is so important when after being. paralyzed from the waist down she is told that if she doesn’t  listen to the woman who captured her, that the woman would tell the government where the  kids who escaped unwinding were hiding. Risa had declined a new spine before due to personal morals, but she compromised those morals to stick to her morals about escaped unwinders safe.