A Wrinkle in Time – Review by Moriah

Moriah is thoughtful, mature, and really smart. It makes sense that she would enjoy this complex, thought-provoking novel that speaks to imaginative readers. She is not only in my class but also part of our school’s creative writing club. Glad the group was encouraged to write reviews for the blog!

 

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle, is a story about a girl in middle school named 9781250003430_p0_v5_s550x406Meg Murry, whose father has mysteriously gone missing for years. This has huge negative effects on her; she drops to the lowest class in her grade, she becomes closed off to others, gets into fights, and everyone just makes fun of her and shrugs her off. Things luckily take a slightly positive turn when she meets the three celestial entities, the wacky Ms. Whatsit, the intellectual Ms.Who, and the wise Ms. Which. They then lead her on an intergalactic journey through a the tesseract.

 

On this journey they travel through many different worlds and dimensions, until finally reaching Camazotz and coming face-to-face with IT-the manifestation of pure evil.

 

In this moment and throughout the whole of the journey, we see a little girl growing up and becoming stronger in the midst of the battle between dark and light. IT corrupts everything, and IT’s power is inevitable; which is why someone must stop it. But the darkness is beckoning, and light can only do so much unless someone finds the power to fight back. This is a great story that I would recommend for everyone (there is one kiss near the end but that’s about it).

 

A Wrinkle in Time is a beautiful story about the universe and the power inside each and every one of us. It brings literal tears to my eyes when I think about the theme of this dazzling story, and it’s my favorite book. What’s more, it’s deals with so many complex concepts, like good and evil, the universe, the extent of the mind and soul’s power, and so many other spiritual concepts.

 

In the face of darkness you see death and misery, and it never stops coming, never stops trying to destroy all light in the universe. There’s no stopping it no matter what, and one day, it will claim everything. Yet, in each of us, light and love can grow, and that’s all it takes to destroy evil.
While this story might seem like a great work of fiction, IT really exists; and it can take away everything. Just know all of us can do something to help stop it.

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Steelheart – Review by Keuyrbel Zewedu

IMG_20180705_134619_2Keuyrbel can’t get extra credit for doing another review or writing during the summer, so it’s extra awesome that he emailed me. He might be done with my class, but I’m hoping we’ll keep working together in the school’s drama department. He’s as adorable on stage as in his picture. Don’t let the smile fool you. His book taste can run darker, as his review shows. Enjoy!
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Shots. Cries. Screams. Blood. Death. At the First Union Bank, Deathpoint arrives unnamedand starts skeletonizing people in the bank, then Steelheart arrives. Steelheart stops Deathpoint and forces him to surrender his loyalty to him. Steelheart continues Deathpoint’s task: killing innocents. As Steelheart gets to the last 10, a man stands up, grabs a gun, and fires. Deathpoint is down, shot after trying to kill Steelheart. But Steelheart is bleeding on his cheek. Steelheart turns and, with anger, kills him with his own gun. A boy hides in a vault. Steelheart finishes killing the people and flies, commanding one of his servants, Faultline, to bury the vault. Faultine finds the boy in the vault and lets him go. Later, Steelheart turns most of Chicago into steel and calls it Newcago. That boy is 8-year-old boy David Charleson and that dead man was his father. Deathpoint, Steelheart, and Faultline were all Epics, humans granted superhuman powers by Calamity, a star. And Steelheart is invincible. Ten years later, at 18, David joins a group named the Reckoners committed to killing all Epics in the United States. Meeting them in Newcago, he gives them his research and convinces them to try to kill Steelheart. Because David knows Steelheart’s secret. David has seen him bleed. And he intends to see him bleeding again.
 
After reading Steelheart, you will feel amazed and still have that feeling for months. This book is truly a must-read, 10-out-of-10, amazing, suspenseful, and interesting book. I learned the importance of trust, safety, teamwork, security, and rebellion from incorrect methods. What I really like about this book is how David and the Reckoners are able to work as a team to help the United States. This series will be amazing once you read it. After this are books Firefight and Calamity. There is also a short story called Mitosis. I recommend for readers 10 and up. What are you waiting for? Stop reading my review and go read the books. There are 3 books in the Reckoner stories, plus a short story.

 

Eye of Minds – Review by Nico Carbone

getfileattachmentThe student blog is back and Nico is our first guest of the year! Nico is a great kid – bright, enthusiastic, and quick with a smile. He has chosen a favorite genre of our class’: dystopian fiction. We began our year studying these future worlds, and I love to see his enthusiasm for Dashner’s work. 

 

“An all new, edge-of-your seat adventure from James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyper advanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.” – Amazon
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The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine Series, James Dashner’s latest dystopian creation. The book is a gripping page turner describing a future world that could be all too possible. It describes a world in which video games are not just a way of passing time, but a way to live a second life! Michael is a teen gamer who spends more time in the VirtNet, than in real life. He is part of the “trifecta to dissect-ya” as coined by one of his teams members. His team consists of 3 elite hackers including himself. When they are recruited by the VNS to stop a cyber terrorist they decide they are up for the challenge. Of course after a few threats and the promise of the ultimate reward. This thrusts Michael into a crazy adventure and this is where Dashner shines. Fast paced action, with his usual subtle clues that lead his protagonists to the right conclusions. After witnessing everything from true death in the VirtNet to simple racing games Michael feels he is ready to find Kaine and take him and his army of kill sims on. But with his true life on the line Michael can’t make mistakes. Kaine is a dangerous man and Michael will have to take desperate measures to defeat him. Some of the action ends quite brutally and Dashner leaves out no details so don’t let children under the age of 10 read this book or they will be very scared. But for anyone over the age of ten it is a five star book from one of this generation’s best authors that will have you clearing your schedule so you can read it in one sitting! This book is very vital to think about because if we become so immersed in video games that we can’t tell the difference between real life and video games then how will we be able when we are in the real world and there will be consequences for crazy actions that are plausible in video games. So all in all The Eye of Minds by James Dashner is a five star book for anyone ages 10 and up and it is a fast paced action novel which still has a pressing ideas attached to it that will leave you contemplated if relying on technology so much will benefit the human race.