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Memory Boy Paperback – January 3, 2012
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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It is the year 2008, and volcanic ash is still falling soft and deadly over 16-year-old Miles Newell's hometown of Minneapolis. Ever since the '06 eruption of Washington's Mount Rainier, the entire United States has suffered food and fuel shortages due to the stifling gray ash. In the big cities, chaos and crime are beginning to creep in. Miles, who always hid his mechanical skills and phenomenal memory behind a screen of sarcasm and smart remarks, discovers that now his natural talents just may save the lives of his family. Since fuel is astronomically expensive, he uses his tools to build a vehicle made of bicycle and sailboat parts. The Newell family utilizes this strange apparatus to escape to their summer cottage, braving hostile biker gangs and suspicious police along the way. But a nasty surprise awaits them when they finally reach their destination, and Miles must draw upon his other special gift--his amazingly accurate memory--to find sanctuary for himself and his family in this new, uncertain future.
In an interesting departure from his usual setting of farmyards and baseball fields, (Farm Team, Hard Ball, etc.) young-adult novelist Will Weaver has created an eerie gray landscape where only the resourceful survive. While the adventurous plot of this futuristic Swiss Family Robinson tale will draw in even the most reluctant reader, the novel's greatest strength lies in Weaver's characterization of a smart young man who discovers his worth. Memory Boy is an admirable first foray into a new genre for veteran author Weaver. (Ages 12 to 15) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The year is 2008, two years after a massive volcano has wreaked havoc in the United States. The air is polluted with ash, crops keep failing, fuel is scarce and looting is rampant. Sixteen-year-old Miles knows that the only way for his family to survive is to head to their cabin in the Minnesota wilderness. Relying on knowledge passed down to him from an elderly friend, Mr. Kurz, Miles constructs a man-powered vehicle out of bicycles and sailboat parts to transport himself, his parents and younger sister. Suspense builds steadily as the traveling foursome contends with hostile strangers, including road bandits and a sheriff who has allowed his relatives to occupy their cabin. Though it looks like the Newells have reached a dead end, Miles forms another plan. In an imaginative and plausible rendering of a futuristic society, Weaver plants enough familiar details so that readers can relate--including Dairy Queens and McDonald's restaurants (though meals cost 10 times as much), plus Miles's memories of school, suburbia and Mr. Kurz's nursing home. Although danger lurks around every corner, audience members will rest assured that Miles, armed with good instincts and highly developed mechanical skills, will be prepared to combat whatever roadblocks his loved ones meet. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Jericho - The Complete Series
That's all the good about it.
1) There are times in this book where the writing technique is downright poor. There were short, choppy sentences, and what made it worse was many began with "I". Like...I did this. I did this. I felt like this. I then did this.
2) At the beginning of the book, Weaver alternated between past and present in his chapters. I enjoyed the present; the past I found immensely boring. And then he just drops it halfway through.
3) Many of the decisions the characters make are just...stupid. Like, traveling eighty miles north on limited resources to a cabin that they don't even know exists because...they have nothing better to do? Honestly? That's the best you can come up with?
And leaving a really nice home to go live in a cabin in the woods where you will have to live off the land...no. Just, no. You guys have lived in the city all your lives, with money coming out of your ears. I hope you packed some Man vs. Wild DVD's and an extra pair of panties, Miles, because Mother Nature isn't that forgiving.
More terrible descisions include going to a lake alone with a biker you've known for 12 hours that has been in jail and told you to get off his property or get shot to ask for a gun, and then sending your younger sister alone with that same family...and that isn't it either.
4) So the Cascade range explodes. That's nearly impossible to begin with, but I'll let it slide. But would this affect the entire world? Definitely not. So why doesn't this very, VERY rich family just...move somewhere else? Like Boston! Boston is is nice!
Pretty disappointed, to say the least.
It was a quick read, which I am thankful for, because it was just an okay book but definitely not something I will want to read again or refer to someone else.