Once is not enough. I will re-read this at some point to enjoy the rich characters, the suspense, and Rand's take on the dangers of 20th century secular intellectualism. It refreshes my soul to hear someone go after nonsense political rhetoric.
Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell is a great preparatory non-fiction book. I read right before this one, and it helped me understand the long discourses better.
Reardon's final moments with the "wet nurse" and subsequent rescue from his burning factory. As painful as that scene was, it released him from his angst and helped him reconcile with the friend he thought he could never forgive.
I'm glad I chose the unabridged audio version over print. The reader did voices so well, I forgot the characters were fictional. The story seemed real
Dr. Birjandi's final stand in the facility. I wondered if he would truly stand for Christ. I knew in my heart he would, but it was amazing to see it happen. He was afraid but did what he had to do. I sometimes time wonder if I could be as courageous. This scene reminded me to be in prayer and ready at all times to speak the truth even if might mean my execution.
Nouri's kidnapping from the hospital had me off the edge of my chair. It didn't seem like they could pull that off, but the quickness and unity of the team made it happen. I loved the courage, teamwork, and daring of all the players.
Twelfth Imam Goes Down -- he was the essence of evil. Glad to see him go.
Lots of page-turning tension. I now have no more fingernails, but it was worth it. My favorite book of 2013 so far.
I was curious but expecting to be disappointing in a series about teenagers in a gladiator ring. Loved it because the author made me care about the characters and the fight for freedom. I'm a bit embarrassed to say I cried over the loss of the the beloved ones and rejoiced over the death of the bad ones. But I guess that's a sign of great storytellling.
The fate of Peeta and Catniss. Would not have predicted that ending, but I had to say, "Yeah, that makes sense."
Create male and female voices well.
Finnick's final moment. Great character
Great YA book for anyone who loves fully-developed characters.
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