Pretties is the second of four books in the Uglies series.
I sort of thought I would be irritated by seeing a "pretty" version of Tally. She's quite an interesting character. Don't worry, I don't give away anything from the first book by letting you know Tally became pretty!
This book is filled with conspiracies from the Department of Special Circumstances. It was pretty neat. I hope I get to book 3 before I'm too busy to read again!
Happy Cold Day #2!
I've been working on this book for about a week. It's historical non-fiction, which is a very dry read, and often takes a while, when you're not used to it. Since I read so much science fiction, the slow pace of historical books is rough! Either way, I made it.
This book was recommended to me by my best friend. While I do not read religious text, I am interested in the legitimate, documented history of religious events. That is what this book focuses on.
The author, Reza Aslan, spent two decades researching historical documents pertaining to the Roman occupation of Jerusalem through the crucifixion of Jesus, along with everyone and everything that occurred in between. Remember, this is a compilation of historical research, so it merely suggests the rationale behind what occurred in this time period. No interpretation or preference of religion is offered.
This was difficult for me to read because it's so unlike anything else I typically read. But, I'm glad I did.
Happy Cold Day!
I thought I'd take advantage of this day off of school to finish a book I started over the weekend.
I've had students give book talks about this book for a few years now and I was slightly interested. It has a superficial plot: it's a futuristic society, where they "cured" people's jealously, difference in appearance, and ability to care about anything by making them "pretty". At 16, uglies are sent to Prettyville to be made pretty; they undergo a surgery that completely changes how they look, so they are just as beautiful as everyone else and everyone has similar features, so no one looks different or better than anyone else.
Tally is looking forward to becoming pretty. One night, while doing a "trick" and sneaking into Prettyville to see a friend already made pretty, she runs into Shay. They become friends and Shay eventually tells Tally about the Smoke. It's a place where uglies run away when they don't want to be made pretty. This sounds dumb to Tally, but Shay runs away. When Tally's day comes for pretty surgery, the doctors refuse to operate on her until she takes them to where Shay ran away.
Now, Tally's whole procedure is in jeopardy. Will she be a good spy for the doctors? Or will living life ugly not seem so bad?
This book took a LONG time to get interesting. Like, page 200. But, it turned out pretty good. I'll be reading the next book, Pretties, soon enough.
Exodus is a story that takes place about 75 years into the future, close to 2100. In this world, global warming has worked its magic, and the ice caps have nearly all melted. Most of the Earth is flooded. Mara lives on an island in the Atlantic that is all but forgotten. Her family continues to move and rebuild their home further and further up into the mountains as the sea level rises. Quickly, they run out of space to hide.
Mara convinces her town, through an ancient internet device known as the Weave, that there are "sky cities" where refugees can live. Many die on the boat ride there, but they find a sky city. It's basically an enormous tower, higher than any of our highest buildings, where everyone lives. Of course, space is at a premium in the sky city, and all of Mara's people are left, stranded in boats, starving and dying of disease.
Yet, Mara is quite the clever 15-year-old. She figures out how she can save her people. While gaining a great deal of help along the way, Mara's brilliance and stubbornness might just be enough to save her people.
This was a pretty neat book. The technology in this future society is extremely crazy.
I'm an avid reader. One thing I've learned in my many years on this Earth is that no matter what is happening in your life, you can always benefit from temporarily escaping life in order to become absorbed in a make believe story.