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Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy) Hardcover – March 24, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—The second book in Green's trilogy picks up the story shortly after the conclusion of Half Bad (2014). Nathan has escaped from the Hunters again, and is living alone in the forest. Although he has received his magical ability from his father, Marcus (a powerful Black Witch), he still doesn't know how to control it. He's angry and frustrated, and worried that he'll end up more like Marcus than like his White Witch mother. As well as his internal struggles, the physical battle between Black Witches and White Witches begins in earnest here, and many of the characters from the previous installment are involved. Readers may have difficulty keeping track of the large cast. Like many stories of good versus evil, family, friendship, and trust are key themes. Stubborn Nathan learns about all of these the hard way, and the author's strong writing and the engaging plot will keep teens intrigued. Scenes of graphic violence make this title appropriate for older readers. It's essential to have read Half Bad to understand this volume, and readers who enjoyed it will devour this sequel. VERDICT Highly recommended for fans of dark fantasy.—Marlyn Beebe, Long Beach Public Library, Los Alamitos, CA
Praise and accolades for Half Wild:
"Sparks of orginality will keep fans excited for the final chapter” —USA Today
* "Riveting. . . . Features the same powerful language, well-developed characters, fascinating magic, and harrowing action sequences as its predecessor and will leave its readers anxiously awaiting the final volume." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Once again, Green pushes the boundaries of definition; this time: What is wild? What is human or even civilized? The blood and gore, the willingness to endure and survive at any price, and the dichotomies between good and bad, love and hate, wild and civilized—all haunt the reader, climaxing in a tragic ending that portends the horror, violence, and possible relationships in the trilogy’s final installment." —Booklist, starred review
"Green delivers vibrant characters, and Nathan's relationships arc in thrilling highs and lows. . . The climax ushers in a bloody, unforgettable cliffhanger. A character-driven page-turner offering both emotional depth and gory thrills." —Kirkus Reviews
“Strong writing and engaging plot. . . readers who enjoyed [Half Bad] will devour this sequel.” —School Library Journal
"Because this series has already been optioned for a movie, you better get on the books before the hype goes bananas."—Bustle
Praise and accolades for Half Bad:
"Highly entertaining and dangerously addictive."—Time Magazine
“Genuinely engaging.”—The New York Times
“Bewitching.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Captivating.”— Los Angeles Times
"A page-turner."—The Boston Globe
"An epic journey."—D.J. MacHale, New York Times bestselling author of Pendragon and Sylo
"Brilliant and utterly compelling." —Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Life
"This will haunt you." —Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend
"Edgy, arresting and brilliantly written." —Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone
* "A thrilling tale . . . Unforgettable."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Marvelous."—Booklist, starred review
A Spring 2014 Kids' Indie Next List pick
Holder of two Guinness World Records
Optioned for film by FOX 2000
Rights sold in 50 international markets
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The continuing saga of half code Nathan and his enamored companion Gabriel and the fair Annalise is ratcheted up a notch. Like father Marcus, Nathan's gift is to transform into wild animals. Much of the first half is given over to exploring the ability and controlling it, while simultaneously searching for and freeing girlfriend Annalise. I found the first third of the book riveting. Second installments notoriously lag, and Half Wild does a bit in the middle. Also, there's way too much time spent looking for the girlfriend and nattering about "the Alliance".
That said, Green does get things back on track for an action-packed, bang-up ending. There's more than a bit of violence in this book--there's loads of it, and only each parent can judge what is suitable for their teenager. The last chapter had an incident between father and son I found absolutely disgusting. To my utter amazement, other reviewers don't seem to be bothered a bit. Perhaps I'm too squeamish. I wouldn't hesitate to let 15 year olds and up read this, but certainly not preteens. The violence may not be indiscriminate or random, but it is lavish and constant. An interesting conundrum for teenage parents--a wonderfully written, problematic book.
If you can't handle that (which it is a little hard to with this book), then I recommend waiting til the third book comes out then just reading them all at once.
Content Reminders: This book has scenes of violence described. The main character must kill to survive many times. The acts are described in general terms (stabbing, shooting, biting, ripping, etc.) though I would not say the scenes are graphically detailed. The amount of blood is mentioned though. Also, there is a scene where a character must perform a witch ritual that is mentioned earlier in the book (and previous book) but not performed until this book (trying to avoid spoilers).
Recommended Age: 13+ (definitely would be a PG-13 movie if made in the United States).
I am in love with these books and cannot help but turn the next page.