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Strong Family Bond
A young teen with problems, but evokes the aid of an adult to help solve them
Finding the "worm hole" and dad pushing the nozzle of a garden hose in its invisible rectum to create a water trail to the other dimension.
No extreme reactions to Space Boy. I just enjoyed the story overall
A nice short trip into fantasy, with a happy ending.
The only part that comes to mind is when Tom and Abby argue about getting rid of the dog. Frostie brought comfort to Tom, as he felt he still had a little piece of Kaitlyn. Abby, on the other hand, felt a sense of loss every time she looked at the dog. There would be no compromise. Abby wanted the dog gone, and she made Tom fulfill her wish, even though it broke his heart. This seemed to be the central theme of the novel. Tom wanting to remember his little girl and save all her possessions in the hope she may return. Abby on the other hand wanted closure. She wanted to pack her daughter's things and give them away and have a mock funeral arrangement complete with tombstone, for closure. And finally for complete closure, she wanted to divorce Tom. This brought home the psychological effect of losing a child and how it affects the parents.
The Face Of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl, only because this novel involves a missing child. It has a political twist, but the effects on the parents are still devastating. The child was killed but the surprise ending reveals a dark secret in the family. Secrets also dovetailed Cemetery Girl. How long did the dad questioned his parenting? And how long did the mom secretly desire to get out of the marriage?
Tom was my favorite character. He was a father like me, a father that made mistakes and a father that wished he could turn certain events back in time. His devotion to search for his daughter felt real along with the anguish of not getting answers as to what happened to his daughter, even when she returned.
My reaction was that Tom felt completely alone. He had no close family member to give him comfort. His wife was estranged, not willing to forgive him for something that was out of his control. His daughter returns but acts as a stranger to her father, even despising him for finding her. The man was truly alone in his own household. I can identify with that, being a divorcee myself.
Cemetery Girl.... a very good but heartbreaking novel.
Breeding Ground dovetails H.G.Wells "The War Of The Worlds" and John Wyndham's "The Day of the Triffids" - In both scenerios mankind seems to have an unbeatable threat, trying to wipe out the human race.
My favorite scene involved the character Nigel Phelps. A fellow survivor, Nigel betrayed the others and got what a bad guy deserves.
If I renamed this novel, it would simply be Breeding Ground.....the beginning. Sarah Pinborough's ending of the novel suggests a book two conclusion, which has not happened as of this writing.
Very good book! I enjoyed the story and liked the narration by Lyssa Graham. The story was told in the first person by character Matthew Edge, much like the story told by DR. Bennell in the 1950's movie "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers"
"Hunger Games" is the first of a trilogy series that tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old average teen that became a tough hunter who puts food on her family's table, after her dad died in a mining accident. The problem is hunting is banned in District 12, in the country of Panem, where she lives with her mom and younger sister.
To supplement the need for food, Katniss would apply for a "tesserae", a means for getting grain and oil to survive. The only downside of a tessera is the yearly Hunger Games, an event in which two "tributes" ( payment to the rulers ) are drafted from each district and forced to fight to the death. A tessera would increase your chance of being selected during the reaping. ( the selection process)
The story gains momentum when Prim Everdeen, Katniss 12 year old sister, is selected at the reaping. Now Katniss is forced to volunteer in her place to save her young life. The Game makers agree, and Katniss will be trained for the games......
I found this novels idea of a government forcing parents to send their children to fight to the death as a way of keeping order was revolting, yet believable. I was on pins and needles as they say as I followed Katniss through out the story, hoping that she could survive the games. Excellent novel!
The audio version is better I think because the made the story exciting!
My favorite character was James Halliday, the creator of OASIS himself. He played a small physical role in the novel, but his thoughts and ideas were intertwined through out the book.
I felt like he really died and was able to live on thorugh the internet of the future.
I loved the scene when the Gunters and the Sixers had a final fight for the third clue in the game for control of OASIS.
I thought the moment when PARZIVAL realized that life with ART3MIS outside of the game was more desirable than inside was moving
I loved the 1980's theme play for control of OASIS. Players had to know all about era games, cars, music, and movies.
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