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Downsiders Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2001
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Meticulous 14-year-old Lindsay isn't exactly thrilled about moving to the chaos that she believes is New York City. Her flighty "career college student" mom, now divorced, has dumped her on her city engineer dad, "a man who lived his life twenty minutes behind schedule and in a perpetual state of apology." Lindsay is certain that nothing better awaits her than prep school boredom and constant battles with her evil stepbrother Todd. But she is wrong. Quite by accident, Lindsay discovers an unusual boy named Talon who resides in a secret city beneath New York--a kind of underground Oz called the Downside. Talon and Lindsey are fascinated by the differences in their dual worlds and soon grow equally fascinated with each other. But when Lindsay's dad's construction project hits a snag that reveals the Downside, it is not only the blooming relationship that hangs in the balance, but the entire future of the Downside as well.
Downsiders is both funny and compelling. But while Lindsay and Talon's observations of their distinct environments is humorous (Talon compares Lindsay's French braid to a "gator's tail" and, despite Talon's explanation that "time is of low importance," Lindsay still thinks it's strange that Talon wears his watch around his ankle), Neal Shusterman also uses their relationship to illustrate how much a particular culture both shapes our identity and affects how we view people from backgrounds other than our own. This call to look beneath the surface is cleverly and subtly woven through an original story with broad appeal. (Ages 10 to 16) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
In PW's words, "History and urban folklore are wittily combined in this well-wrought fantasy, centering on an alternative society that thrives undisturbed in the subterranean recesses of New York City." Ages 12-up.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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You learn from this book that there could be many other worlds beyond the world we live in today. “Perhaps thought Talon, there was a path in between a way to shed their ignorance without losing their souls”. (Downsiders). This shows that there could be a different “side.” Talon hopes to find a way to help the Downside forget about all the rumors of the Topside.
The rising actions include the following: Talon meeting Lindsey, taking Lindsey to the Downside, Talon getting flushed, Talon coming back to the Topside to meet Lindsay again, and Talon going to the Chamber of Soft Walls. This all leads up to the climax, Lindsay brings Talon a folder that contains the truth of the Downside. Should Talon open it? Next is the falling action. The Downside gets discovered by the Topside, when a construction vehicle accidently falls into the Downside. Then the Downsiders end up blowing up half of their city. “I suppose you can’t call yourself Downsiders any more.” This quote helps explain the resolution without giving it away.
“Talon drew her through grunge-ridden passage ways void of light and filled with sour, befouled air. Drips of water sounded like a heavy ball being bounced; skittering pebbles seemed more like a flood of rats, and the walls themselves moaned in oppressive sorrow.” (Downsiders) This quote explains setting of the subway/sewer part of the city.
There’s a piece of paper in my front pocket, said Talon. Lindsay reached into his pocket and pulled out the paper. These are antibiotics. Do you have any? They’re for my little sister.” (Downsiders) The quote used here shows the conflict Talon has with the rule that you can’t go to the Topside.
My rating for this book is 4 out of 5. My reason is the book was really good, but it needed more detail at the end, just to explain and what the characters did after the end of the story.