I've been curious about this book for quite a while. Every year, I have students give book talks on this book, and I'm always left feeling like I need to read this book.
The premise is pretty simple: Hannah Baker is a sophomore. Half way through the school year, she commits suicide.
Here's the catch; the book is told through the eyes of Clay. He comes home from school to find a box delivered to him. Within the box are 7 tapes. Each side of the tape is directed at one person. Each of these people have a direct connection to why Hannah kills herself. She mailed the tapes to the first person on the tapes the morning she died. Then, it's up to the person to mail the box on to the next person mentioned on the tape.
This is such a sad, but probable story line. It really makes you think about how you impact the lives of those around you.
Fire and Ash is the concluding fourth novel in the Rot and Ruin series.
After this, I have to give zombie books a rest. I stayed up late to finish this book, and my dreams were full of zombie scenarios (by the way, I was totally awesome at killing zombies in my dream).
Now, in Sanctuary, the band of friends (Nix, Benny, Chong, and Lilah) are sort of falling apart. Nix is angry about too many things, Benny is confused by Nix, Lilah is upset about Chong, and, well, Chong craves human flesh.
Benny is obsessed with trying to figure out how to save Chong, but, what he doesn't realize, is that the new leader of the Reapers, Saint John, is heading to Mountainside. He's heading to Mountainside with 40,000+ Reapers and super-fast zombies.
Will he destroy Benny's home? Will Benny save Mountainside and Chong?
The ending to this series was pretty satisfying. Benny turns out to be the baddest-you-know-what 16 year old since Katniss Everdeen. :)
Flesh and Bone is the third book in the Rot and Ruin series.
Not to give away too much, but, this is what's up:
Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong are continuing their travels to find the jet they saw in the first book. But, with the death of Tom, it's proven a bit more of a difficult task than they realized.
Even worse, there are horrible bad guys messing things up. These guys call themselves "Reapers" and are agents of the Night Church. Really, this is a cult, created by a serial killer, who brainwashed a bunch of people to believe that the zombie plague was actually god's way of setting the world right--that the world belonged to the purest, the zombies. So, they go around killing people and "sending them to the darkness" to be with their god.
Of course, the Reapers cause a lot of issues in this novel, especially once Nix and Benny find a crashed jet, similar to the one they saw in the first novel. They discover the existence of a place called Sanctuary, which the Reapers want to destroy, because they're searching for a cure of the zombie plague.
Lot so craziness goes down, one character, sort of, dies.
Onward to book 4!
The Final Descent is the fourth and final book in the Monstrumologist series. If you want a clearer understanding of this series, check out my book reviews from summer, 2013. I read the first three books in the series before school started in August.
This very short book was an interesting end to the series. Will Henry, 16 now, has sort of turned into this crazy shoot first, ask questions later sort of guy. This is much different from the Will Henry of the other three books.
The story is told through some flashbacks. It goes back and forth from Will Henry as an adult, Will Henry caring for Pellinore in his old age, and Will Henry's last adventure with the monstrumologist when he's 16.
I'm not entirely satisfied with the ending, but, with the crazy stories this series told, I'm not sure any ending would have been good enough.
Dust and Decay is the sequel to the zombie novel, Rot and Ruin.
Not too give too much away, this book starts 6 months after the first book ended. Tom, Nix, and Benny are all obsessed with finding out where the mysterious jet they saw at the end of the first book is.
The prepare to leave Mountainside to go in search of the jet and life out in the Rot and Ruin. But, of course, bad guy bounty hunters have other ideas. AND, they rebuild Gameland. AND, our slew of characters get abducted and taken to Gameland.
Crazy things go down. A main character dies. It was pretty good stuff. I look forward to book 3!
I tried reading this book at the beginning of the school year, but the start of my thesis sort of got in the way. Now, I've finally had a chance to read it.
So, today I finished Dualed. This story is unlike any I've read before. In this world, people don't make babies the traditional way (ya know what I mean). They go to a clinic and pregnancies are made, much like what couples who have fertility problems go through now.
Except, there's a hitch.
When a couple goes to the clinic to make their baby, the clinic makes two babies. These babies are identical. When they become teenagers, they are activated. This means they will have 31 days to kill their alternate. 31 days to prove which twin is worthy of living.
West, the main character, loses her mother, father, sister, and older brother all by her 15th birthday. She has no one, except Chord, her older brother's best friend. She's a good fighter, she's a good shot, and she's good with knives. At 15, she's activated. But, her Alt is just as ready. Which will prove they're worthy of living?
This book was pretty awesome. West is just vicious.
This was such an interesting book! Asylum, written by Madeline Roux, isn't your typical haunted-asylum type story.
Daniel is in the summer before his senior year. In order to have some college prep, he goes to a college campus where they have college classes for high school students. For some reason, the dormitory for these students is an old asylum that the school purchased in order to make is a historical site for the college. The rooms have been fixed up for dorming, and more dangerous parts of the former asylum are blocked off.
When Daniel arrives, he finds some strange picture with someone's eyes crossed out hiding in his desk drawer. He's freaked, but ignores it. His roommate is distractingly weird. Upon making a few friends, he ends up sneaking in the to old office of the Warden, from when the building was still a mental hospital. They start snooping, and find some creepy pictures of old patients, and find out most of the patients were criminally insane.
After snooping, Daniel starts having strange and frightening nightmares of things that happened in the asylum via the old warden. Then, strange notes start popping up in his room, that cause Daniel to question his sanity. Then, someone ends up dead in the first floor lobby. Did Daniel do it? Who's putting strange notes in his room? What happened in the asylum's basement?
This is another story surrounding the Zombie Apocalypse.
In this story, Benny, a 15 year old, lives in Mountainside. A fenced in city that has flourished, despite the occurrence of zombies. At 15, teens must choose what path/job they will take, or else their rations get cut in half until they do. With much resistance, Benny decides to apprentice with his brother, Tom, who is a bounty hunter. But, Tom isn't like other bounty hunters. He goes out and hunts specific zombies. He provides comfort to living families by going out and finding their zombified relatives, and "quieting" or killing them. He explains that zombies were once people, too, and should be respected.
Yet, not everyone works this way. Benny discovers that one of the bounty hunters, Charlie, is quite evil and has been rounding up children for a place called Gameland. It's sort of like a zombie hunger games.
Then, Charlie kid naps Benny's best friend.
Will they get her back? Will they die trying?
It was pretty good. Took a while to get into, but, once I did, totally worth the effort.
It feels like FOREVER since I read a book!
Graduate school was really cramping my reading style. But, now I've graduated, and seem to have an abundance of time on my hands. So, I finished the 3rd book in the Divergent Series, Allegiant.
It was an interesting end to the series. Without giving too much away, it explains why everyone is inside the walls of Chicago and why no one ever ventures out of those walls. We now understand what it means to be divergent AND there's a crazy plot twist at the end that I did not see coming.
Ok. Break is almost near. I have 10 books checked out from the library. Lets GO!
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.