I love a good reading challenge! It makes me read books that have been on my TBR list and diversify my selections as well. Plus it is fun! I was so excited when Alyssa decided to do another readathon this fall and I immediately started looking at which books to choose. My final list is below.
The criminal was Colonel Mustard (a book set during a time of war).
My favorite of the six books was Mindy Kaling’s collection of essays. I follow her on all the social media. She is funny, insightful and just a happy person. Her other two books, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and Why Not Me?, are great as well. If you want a laugh then these are perfect! I had a great time reading these books! I cannot wait to do another challenge.
First line: “There are places you can go,” Ariana tells him, “and a guy as smart as you has a decent chance of surviving to eighteen.”
Summary: A Second Civil War was fought over the rights of reproduction. Under the new Bills of Life children between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can be unwound which means their organs will be harvested and given to patients who need new parts. Every part of the Unwind will be used so technically they are still “alive” but just in another form.
Connor has been trouble for his parents for years but he never thought that they would actually choose to unwind him. Risa is a ward of the state. She lived her whole life in a state home learning how to play classical piano but when it comes time to test her she does not measure up to the set standards. Lev was raised knowing he was born to be an Unwind. He is called a tithe. But on one fateful day these three get thrown together and their lives will change forever!
My Thoughts: I absolutely love everything that Neal Shusterman has written (at the last the ones I’ve read so far)! He is a genius. He writes books that really make a person think. It is great that there are books like this and his other series, Scythe, for kids to read. The stories deal with tough topics and decisions. And the worlds he builds are just unreal. I am blown away by his story telling and his plots.
It is easy to get caught up in the story. I was listening to this as I took a trip to Kansas City and one of the discs had trouble loading and I was yelling at it to start working. I needed to know what happened! Luckily it started playing.
Each of the characters is unique and have difficult stories to tell. Shusterman brings in minor characters that give even more insight into life in the days of Unwinds and the recipients of the organs. And at one point we get to experience the consciousness of an Unwind while he is being unwound. It was disturbing.
I cannot wait to start the next book and see how the story continues. It is scary, realistic and very thought provoking. I highly recommend this.
FYI: It does have some graphic moments and can be a little disturbing for some people.
First line: The kitchen faucet makes the most bizarre sounds.
When a severe drought hits California people are forced to make extreme
choices in order to survive. Cutting back on water usage sounds doable
until the water runs dry. As people start to experience life threatening
thirst they become animals. Life has become a war zone and people are
going to die.
Alyssa, a high school student in California, is
shocked when the faucets stop working. Her family try to stay calm and
find new water sources. However, when they don’t return from a water run
Alyssa decides that she has to take matters into her own hands to keep
herself and her younger brother alive. With the help of the neighbor
boy, and his prepper family, she thinks that maybe they will survive the
Tap-Out until one night when the rest of the neighborhood turns on
My Thoughts: This story felt oddly familiar. I feel
like in a way we are living this reality right now. People are scared.
The world has changed. Life is almost unrecognizable. I don’t know if
this made the book even more intriguing or scarier.
I have to
say that I learned a lot about dehydration and how the human body needs
water for survival. Hopefully this will never become a reality because
it is terrifying. I found myself drinking a lot more water while reading
I enjoyed the characters. There were some I liked and
others not. I liked how the author incorporated news casts, snapshots
into other people during the crisis and then sometimes gave those
snapshots bigger parts later in the story. My heart was pounding and I
could not put the book down during the last 150 pages. I had to know if
Alyssa and her crew were going to survive.
I love that
Shusterman brings important issues to teens. Water conservation is
something we need to be careful about and plan for at one point. I
highly recommend reading this. It gives a scary but realistic view into
what could be a future world disaster.
First line: We must, by law, keep a record of the innocents we kill.
Society has finally learned to conquer death. The world is no longer
starving, dying from disease or dying in general. However, one small
problem remains. Overpopulation. The solution is the Scythedom. Scythes
are people who are chosen and trained to take human lives in order to
keep the population of Earth to a manageable level.
and Rowan are chosen by Honorable Scythe Faraday as his apprentices they
are less than thrilled. Life as a scythe is one of isolation and
loneliness not to mention death. As their training commences they learn
that there is more to the Scythedom than they originally knew including
some darker secrets at its core.
My Thoughts: I absolutely
loved and devoured this book! It was recommended to me by one of the
booksellers at Watermark Books. I finally bought myself a copy because I
could not wait for the library one to come back in. I am so happy that I
did. It was fast, fun and crazy. So many different twists and turns. I
loved the characters. The world is fascinating. Shusterman did a great
job of creating a real Utopia but also bringing in some very dark themes
as well. As soon as I finished it I immediately downloaded the digital
copy from Sunflower eLibrary. If you need something to suck you in from
the very beginning then this is that book!
FYI: Lots of
death and violence but I don’t think it is over the top. It would be
hard to avoid this topic in a book all about bringers of death.