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Some Fine Day Paperback – February 17, 2015
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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Gr 8 Up—Highly trained and living underground, 16-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is rebellious and smart. She is sent above ground where the world has flooded and man-made climate change has taken hold. She has no idea how to survive this transition but hopes to rely on her black ops military training when raiders attack. Thick with details, the work incorporates current issues from technology to genetics without overburdening the story. Mary Robinette Kowal's reading makes Jansin's overprivileged life below ground apparent but adjusts when the situation above ground gets serious. Kowel draws listeners in, conveying Jansin's vulnerability and shifting from singsongy sarcastic to weary and worried. VERDICT Dystopian fans will not want to miss this one. Though Kowal's reading enhances the story, some teens may want to read the book rather than listen to the audio in order to keep track of the details.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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There were some silly errors, such as a reference to the "northwestern hemisphere." The word HEMISPHERE implies one-half of a sphere. So if you look at the world, there are northern and southern hemispheres as divided by the equator. You can also imagine an eastern or western hemisphere as if a line extends around the earth from the poles. There is no such thing as a northwestern hemisphere.
There were also some minor grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors. None of it was particularly egregious, although the main issues tended toward misuse of words with respect to singular or plural.
The only trouble I did have with it was that the protagonist was 16. I had a hard time with believing what she was doing and what she was thinking in a 16 year old's body and mind. This was no problem for me, I just made her 18 (in my own mind, and it worked beautifully).
Good plot, nice twists, character development was good, considering it was only 300 pages, believable budding of a man/woman relationship, strong woman character, the male character is strong (very strong) but not what you would call traditional (it's good to finally see this!), great ending for a sequel (which I am awaiting. shhhhh, don't tell anyone).
I also enjoy the backdrop of the story: What happens to humanity when we totally screw up the planet, the solution the generation before hers chooses, and the social consequences that choice breeds. Perhaps it's not totally original, but I'm not looking for totally original with my guilty pleasure. It's a futuristic book, but not technically super sci-fi. The readers minds don't start to glaze over with the explanation of the technical minutia, but still gives a good description.
MY star system (galaxy, I suppose, heh), I would have given it 3 stars which would mean I liked it enough to recommend it to readers who like this kind of book. (If I read it and hate it, I don't rate it... no stars! =o)
Btw, if you are looking for steamy sex scenes, you won't find them here, which is alright with me as my own imagination far exceeds what most can deliver. =) There is sex, but it's appropriate, is not described in detail, infrequent (so it's believable) and it doesn't drive the story. I would definitely feel comfortable letting my 16 year old daughter read it.. if I had one... and she listened to me. ha! Okay, so I would definitely encourage my 16 year old son to read, He just might have, ya never know.
This story was not quite what I was expecting, once she went to the surface - it was not quite as 'predictable' as I had originally suspected. The base concept was neat, although it reminded me of another book I've read lately - Atlantia. My big gripe with the book is that I was about 75% of the way through, noticed that some story threads had not been wrapped up, and then I reached the end of the book and they never really were addressed. There was a throwaway mention, but no followthrough beyond that.
And Jansin is about as kick-ass a heroine as you can ever hope to find. I especially loved the scene where she "earns" her place within the hierarchy of her captors' society. She's a great character who's believably tough yet doesn't have that thick shell of emotional numbness or tough-girl demeanor that can be sometimes off-putting. She's emotional and vulnerable and when she finally melts when she meets ... well, OK, no spoilers. All I can say is, you feel that attraction right along with her and you melt as quickly as she does.
I especially loved the pairing of real climate-related catastrophe theory and the world that evolved as a result. IOW, the world-building didn't constantly have me tripping over improbabilities or force me to work hard to suspend my disbelief. I wish my disbelief-suspension was always this effortless.
A great read that made me go, "AW! That's the end?!" I really want to know what happened next.