Archive for July, 2012

The Looking Glass Wars – Frank Beddor

This review has some minor spoilers, btw.

READ THIS.

This book is so awesome, I don’t even know where to begin.

Ok, let’s start.

Summary

This book is basically a mix of Enchanted (The Movie), Snow White and the Huntsman (The Movie with Kristen Stewart), and, of course, Alice in Wonderland (But more like the movie by Tim Burton, it just had that sort of epic quality to it). It tells the story of Princess Alyss who basically has the worst birthday ever. Her evil aunt, Redd, invades the Queendom (Like a kingdom, but for Queens) and kills everyone and she’s all evil and stuff, so Alyss flees into the pool of tears and ends up in the real world. She tells Lewis Carroll about this, and he writes Alice in Wonderland. She then has to go back to Wonderland and defeat her Aunt with the power of White Imagination and stuff. And there is an adorable romance going on as well, and awesome awesome world building, and really cool characters and so on.

Cons

Sometimes the writing felt really childish. I don’t know how else to explain it, but it really did. Just the italics with sound effects really annoyed me. It probably shouldn’t have, but it did. I did get past it, though, as I got sucked up into the book.

It also was a tiny bit predictable, but I didn’t really care. I was too emotionally invested in the characters to really mind.

Pros

THE WORLD BUILDING WAS AWESOME

It was just so epic. Like, unbelieveably awesome. All the Characters were so interesting, and it was so cool to see his take on everything. For example. Bibwit Harte, who is based on the White Rabbit (see if you can guess why), or General Doppelgänger who is Tweedledee and Tweedledum (yes, singular. He can multiply himself). The Cat,  who was the Cheshire cat as an assassin on steroids. Hatter Madigan, who instead of being a jokey, crazy mad hatter, is a serious, stoic, and deadly fighter. I loved all the little details that appeared as well, and though I can’t pull any off the top of my head right now, they were definitely there.

And Dodge. Let’s talk about Dodge. I loved Dodge. His character development was so freaking awesome. He starts off as a 10 year old, who is very respectful of his lower ranking to the princess, is her best friend, but knows nothing romantic could ever happen between them in the future.

Then, when he thinks Alyss is dead, he turns bloody awesome.

Frank Beddor does this really well, by just describing this man, this renegade, who is deadly, fueled with determination and stands out, and then he describes the four scars on his cheek and you’re like, Holy freaking pancakes, that’s Dodge. He shows that Dodge has become this man who is so vengeful and angry, and how he’s grown.

Alyss has an awesome development as well. I love how Frank Beddor showed that all her supposed lessons with Bibwit, she found living in London. The street children that betrayed her, and her imagination slowly going and no one believing anything she said. She learns to ignore all her memories and stubbornness, and just simply accept what others do. When she finally accepts her dull life as Alice Liddell, it is such a turnaround from the 7 year old girl at the beginning of the book.

And Alyss and Dodge were so darn cute together. I was actually rooting for them. A lot of the times in books, I will be like meh, romance, get back to the plot, but this time I thought it was adorable.

Quotes

  • “I tell you to think black thoughts and you come up with that?!” the lieutenant had screamed. “Is a guinea pig bad? Do you consider a guinea pig the representation of all that is evil?”
    “Maybe… if it’s an evil guinea pig.”
  • “You can’t spend so much time in a place and not carry a bit of it inside you.”
  • “I’m having the weirdest sense of deja vu right now,” said the green caterpiller.
    “Duh!” said the blue caterpiller. “Do you think, just maybe, that’s because you predicted this?”
    “Oh, yeah.”

Overall

I really wanted to give this 5 shuriken stars. But alas, it was not meant to be. I just couldn’t put it in that category. So, here we go, 4 3/4 shuriken stars. Ta-dah! Now please go read this. PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE. I have not met enough people, in real life or the internet, who have read this book. The fanbase is way too tiny.

You know this was supposed to be made into a movie, and then Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland came out and they were like “Crap, now we can’t do it”. Yes, that movie was good, BUT THIS ONE WOULD HAVE BEEN SO MORE EPIC AND AMAZING AND ORIGINAL.

PLEASE MAKE THIS INTO A MOVIE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE.

The Enemy- Charlie Higson

The Enemy (The Enemy #1)It’s a good zombie book. That is the first thing you should take from this review. The second thing you should take from this review is that it is NOT a zombie book. So, to correct my statement: It’s a good book. And that’s the third thing you should take from this review.

Summary
There is a “zombie” plague (You’ll understand later why I put “zombie” in speech marks :D), and it has turned everyone over the age of 15 into a zombie. So, yep. If this plague happens right now, and if you are over 15, then you and I will be half dead. So the main people of this story is the “Morrisons” group and the “Waitrose” group, who btw, at the start of the book, hated each other because they were competition to stay alive… but in the end, they love each other, in some cases literally… 😀 So they are running out of food, (this is when they hate each other), but then, suddenly, this person pops up, and says that there is a “safe haven” (aka a lunatic, but you only find that out once you get to the palace), which is situated at Buckingham Palace. So both groups decided to pop over, except… it’s on the other side of London… So it is extremely dangerous… and many people die… Including from the first few pages… 😦 *one of my favourite characters… even if I only knew him for about 50 pages… ;(

Cons
“Zombie”
I just didn’t like how in the first half of the book, Charlie Higson, was saying that all the grown-ups were “zombies” but, then in the second half of the book, whoa, SUDDENLY!, he realises that they aren’t actually  zombies, but are a play off of them, so he starts calling them “grown ups”… And I repeat Half way into the book…

Pros
The action
I know this is going to sound cliché but, literally as soon as the book started, I was gripped, emotionally and physically. I guess I mainly liked it, because blood, guts and gore is a book that typically says me, so if you are someone who hates all of those things, just stop reading, and probably leave, and eat some ice-cream :D, and not be mentally scared by this book. Within the first few pages (by that, I mean about 50), someone died; I hope that wasn’t a spoiler, and I don’t really classify it as one, as to be honest, in most YA books, someone always dies (take delirium, or the hunger games for example)

The Shaggy Coat guy
I loved him so much. The thing that he was doing; with every person who dies (who he knows), he cuts a piece of the clothes he’s wearing, and sews it onto his “coat”. It was just such a thoughtful thing to do… and it seemed like a massive coat, because it was a coat… (Did that make sense?) And he knew who each cloth came from…. 😦 It just shows that there are loads of stories… and it almost links into day to day life; how there are tens of thousands of people dying everyday… ;(

The non-romance of the book
I’m just glad that the romantic element of YA books, hasn’t taken over this book, or any of the books in the series, for that matter. Such as, Catching Fire and Mockingjay…. The romance just completely took over the book…. and the plot kinda dissipated… I’m just so glad that this didn’t happen for this book…

The Ickeyness
Note. Ickeyness and Gooeyness, in my dictionary are two different things. Ickeyness is stuff like blood and gore and Gooeyness is romance…  So… I LOVE ALL THE BLOOD AND GORE IN THIS BOOK. I should also say; if you hate blood and gore…, you may not want to read this book….

Favourite Quotes

  • “If a wolf attacks his sheep, the shepard kills the wolf, but he eats the sheep when he’s hungry”
  • “Standing in the corridor was a large plastic bin on wheels. He looked inside. Empty tins of dog food. That explained the spaghetti with meat sauce. Oh well, he’d eaten worse”
  • “He’d always been scared of the dark. His mum had told him not to worry.
    ‘If you can’t see the monsters, they can’t see you.’
    Back then there had been no monsters. Not real ones. Only imaginary.”
  • “But I’ll never see any of those fish,” said Maxie.”Or those whales. Or any lions or tigers. I’m never going to set foot in a rain forest now, am I? I won’t even be able to watch old DVD’s about them without electricity. What does the future hold? It’s like going back to the middle ages. Nobody knowing what was going on beyond their front doorstep. All I’ll ever know is this. This little bit of London”

Summary
Overall 4 shuriken stars. Worth reading if you like blood and gore. If you hate that, stop reading this review, although this is pretty much the end…  😀

Ender’s Shadow – Orson Scott Card

Ender's Shadow (Shadow, #1)So, I didn’t write the review for Ender’s Game, so if I start saying loads of stuff that conflicts with the other review, that’s why. But I’m sure it’ll be ok.

So, this is the story of Bean, from Ender’s Game, and how he grew up and all that stuff.

Ok, I’m going to put it like this, if you haven’t read Ender’s Game, you should. Not just because it is EPIC, but because you’ll get a lot more depth from the story, when you read Ender’s Shadow. It skims over a lot of stuff that goes on in Ender’s Game. You can just read Ender’s Shadow on it’s own, it will still make sense, but you’ll get a lot more out of it if you read Ender’s Game as well.

Summary

Bean is a street urchin. Starving, looks like a toddler, and ridiculously smart. Seriously.

Ok, I’m going to put it this way. This may be a slight spoiler if you want to know absolutely nothing, but it’s pretty evident from the beginning of the book. Bean is smarter than Ender.

Yes, he is. Seriously a lot smarter than Ender. In the test to get into the school, Ender scored 98.5%. Bean scored 99%. The only reason he didn’t get 100% was because his physical ability wasn’t up to standard, as he was tiny and starved.

So Bean is starving, and he gets taken in by the group of starving children, then there’s this bully called Achilles who also becomes pretty important. And Poke, who is awesome.

And then he goes to Battle School, and you basically know the rest.

Cons

The Problem with a Parallel Story

When Orson Scott Card first wrote Ender’s Game, I’m guessing he didn’t really explore the character, Bean, as much. So when Bean started developing in Ender’s Shadow, with his past, his personality, his experience at battle school, his intellect being so freaking high, it must have been really hard for Orson Scott Card to make it plausible about the actions Bean took. They didn’t fit into his personality any more, as he really seemed like a different person.

For example, when he was having conversations with Ender. It was just little things he would say, or he would do. Instead of it coming naturally, Orson Scott Card (that is becoming really annoying to type out loads, let’s call him OSC), had to do stuff like “Oh, I said this even though I wanted to say this because I knew  this would happen”, as  an excuse for what he did. Which, while plausible, stood out to me. Because he had to force Bean to say these things, as it was a parallel, and it seemed so out of character. Not natural at all. Not that I blame OSC for doing it, it’s really hard, but it was just annoying at parts.

Pros

Ok, so if I’m reading the sequel (well, parallel, spin-off, companion) novel, it means I have no problem with the writing style, plot, characters, so on.

But let’s get this out of the way.

Writing Style & Dialogue = Amazing, as always.

Plot: Well, it’s the same as Ender’s Game for the most part, but I did LOVE the development at the beginning all about how Bean grew up in this place, so unlike Ender. Which makes despise people like Ender who grew up with privileges, parents, food, etc. And that makes me feel hostility for Ender, even though I love him as a character.

Characters: Achilles was so awesome. There was one part of the book, like a few pages or something, where we see into Achilles mind. Before, we absolutely hate him from Bean’s eyes, but that one glance is so creepy. The worst part is all his bad actions, he seem to think, are good. And we see why. He holds grudges for ages, and he is sick and twisted, but he thinks he’s doing the right thing. And I won’t deny it, for one second I agreed with him. For one, measly second I was like “Huh, I get where you’re coming from,”, but the next second, I was like :O YOU SICKO.

Poke. I loved her. But I also didn’t like her at the same time. Until the last time we see Poke before Bean leaves, and then I was so invested in her. She turned out to be such an awesome character, and almost like a moral guide for Bean. She also represents an underlying belief for Bean. He chose her because she was the most compassionate, she was the most caring. She gave the children more food and starved herself when there wasn’t enough to go around, but others took that as weak. She cared too much, and that led to people pushing her down, and her group of children turning on her. And I think I’m going to have to create a spoiler section after this review, so I can discuss the other stuff.

Bean. Awesomeness. The idea that he was smarter than Ender really was what did it for me. Because throughout the entirety of Ender’s Game they always pushed the idea that Ender was the only viable candidate to be the commander. But really, they also considered Bean. Graff just was so prejudiced against him that they chose Ender. They saw Ender as their golden boy, and completely overlooked Bean. Instead, they put all this pressure on Ender, when there was another person who could have done it. It all turned out good in the end, but still. And more to come in the spoiler section, because I’ve realised that there’s a lot I want to ramble about which may ruin stuff for some people.

Graff – I just like how OSC developed on why he got fired, and I really did start to hate him after a while. Even though I really liked him in the first book, now, I just wanted to slap him.

The other characters are also awesome, but I don’t have as much to develop on them.

Anyone else imagine Ender as like 40?

When I was reading Ender’s Shadow and Ender’s Game, it was really hard to imagine all these things that Ender was doing, coming from a 12 year old. Sometimes I would have to stop reading for a second and remind myself that Ender was a tiny little boy, but I just couldn’t fathom the idea. When he was commanding, I kept thinking of a veteran of war, an aged, jaded and brilliant adult. I guess that means it’s great writing. Because the idea that these kids really aren’t kids is pushed a lot in the books. And that really showed now.

So, Quotes. I’ll try as hard as I can to keep these spoiler free.

Quotes

  • “In my view, suicide is not really a wish for life to end.’
    “What is it then?’
    “It is the only way a powerless person can find to make everybody else look away from his shame. The wish is not to die, but to hide.”
  • “Isn’t that what it means to be civilized? That you can wait to get what you want?”
  • “Sister Carlotta, I’m on a leave of absence right now. That means I’ve been sacked, in case you don’t understand how the I.F. handles these things.”
    “Sacked! A miscarriage of justice. You ought to be shot.”
  • “That was interesting, to find that it wasn’t hunger that caused children to become bullies on the street. The bulliness was already in the child, and whatever the stakes were, they would find a way to act as they needed to act. … Intelligence and education, which all these children had, apparently didn’t make any important difference in human nature.”
  • “And then he thought: Is this how idiots rationalize their stupidity to themselves?”

Um, let’s do a spoiler section now. Because I lot I want to ramble on might spoil the book.

SPOILER ALERT WEEEEEEEE HEEEEEEEEEEE DON’T READ THIS IF YOU DON’T LIKE SPOILERS THERE ARE SOME BIG ONES IN HERE YUP GO SCROLL DOWN TO QUOTES

Ok. Poke. Her Death. I loved how it represented so much to Bean. That whatever you do, you can’t be kind or you’ll be killed. Smart, sure, that works. Bully? You’ll survive that way. But compassionate? That’s how you die. That’s when the bigger people push you down. Bean exploited this weakness, which is why he approached her. And even though she kicked him and called him worthless, he still cared for her because he knew she was doing it for her kids. And then her death. She was willing to sacrifice herself to save some little boy she hardly knew, and Bean could never comprehend why. He couldn’t understand love.

Which is one of the big differences between him and Ender. Ender loved his sister, had best friends, had good parents. He even loved his brother who could have killed him. Ender was loved, and loved people in return. Bean is more analytical. He only hugged Sister Carlotta because she needed it, not because he wanted to. He was alone, and cut off from the world. He found Ender a mystery in the way. He could never understand how Ender could love people, he was always trying to find Ender’s ulterior motives, even when they didn’t exist. I guess that’s why Bean didn’t die on the streets. I can feel a Dr Who reference coming, just because I watched that episode today.

“I have the two qualities you require to see absolute truth: I am brilliant and unloved.” – Miss Evangelista, Forest of the Dead.

😛

The other part that I loved about Bean, was that he worked out so quickly, what the teacher’s were up to. They would tell him one thing and he would immediately tell them what they were planning. I think that was one of the reasons the teachers didn’t want to make him commander. He was too intuitive. The reason Ender killed the Buggers was because he didn’t know what was going on. Bean did. Bean knew. They couldn’t trick him.

And the difference with Bean, being completely forgiving as opposed to Achilles who always held a grudge, was awesome. He was only driven by the determination to help Poke, because she was so kind, and bring someone to justice.

And did anyone else see that plot twist coming? About Bean and the genetic thing. Another reason why I started to hate Graff. He was so prejudiced against a boy who was fighting for them.

Quotes

  • “In my view, suicide is not really a wish for life to end.’
    What is it then?’
    It is the only way a powerless person can find to make everybody else look away from his shame. The wish is not to die, but to hide.”
  • “And then he thought: Is this how idiots rationalize their stupidity to themselves?”
  • “So it’s Mr. Wiggin and Who The Hell Are You.’
    ‘About right,’ Bean replied.”
  • “‘So I want to ask you a hypothetical question.’
    ‘My favorite kind. Next to rhetorical ones. I can nap equally well through either kind.'”
  • “That was interesting, to find that it wasn’t hunger that caused children to become bullies on the street. The bulliness was already in the child, and whatever the stakes were, they would find a way to act as they needed to act. … Intelligence and education, which all these children had, apparently didn’t make any important difference in human nature.”

Overall

4 1/2 shuriken stars. I think. That may change later, but for now, that’s how it stands. Read it if you really enjoyed Ender’s Game. If you didn’t, then don’t. But it’s an awesome book, and I loved it.

Clockwork Princess (Cover) – Cassandra Clare

All this Mortal Instrument news just keeps on coming out.

So, look what we have here.

A flipping gorgeous cover.

So, obviously this is Tessa, who is for some reason smouldering into the camera. But I don’t care, because the entire cover is really really pretty. All of the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices books have really nice covers. And there’s a glow coming from her book, which Cassandra Clare did say was the Codex. And they’ve got some of the london buildings in the background. The dress is also gorgeous, and of course she has the clockwork angel around her neck.

Guys, why does this book have to be so pretty?

I am going to read it, though I didn’t enjoy the first two as much as I thought I did, Cassandra Clare is a really talented writer, and her books are always so action packed with great dialogue and humour.

So, what do you guys think?

Tell me! I have absolutely no predictions for this last book, as she always surprises me, except that Will and Tessa will end up together (hopefully). Jem is nice and all, but Will is obviously made for Tessa.

City Of Bones (Teaser Poster) – Cassandra Clare

So this happened today.

I mean, it’s not very interesting, the poster for the Mortal Instruments movie, and it’s a hell of a long time away, but it’s still something. And for what it’s worth, it’s a nice movie poster. Nothing in it that I can really talk about, but it’s a nice movie poster.

Yeah. So that’s pretty much it. This has to be like the shortest post ever to be on this blog.

Oh, and yes, I do approve of the casting, what little there is anyway.

So until next time! 😀

The Death Cure- James Dashner

The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)Such an annoying end to such a great series….

That was my first thought after reading to the end of that book… It was just so… what’s the word?
Annoying?
Underwhelming? bleh… It takes too much effort to think up the word… Anyway, just to let those of you who haven’t read the book know; this is the last book in the Maze Runner trilogy, (the other books being the Maze Runner and the Scorch Trials), by James Dashner. OK. Back to me ranting! But don’t get me wrong. I still love the book and the series!, I just thought that it could have ended with a more satisfying end…

Summary (note. only read this if you have read the other two books in the series, or if you don’t care about getting the other books spoilt)
Everything comes down to WICKED. They have finished making the “blueprint” for the “cure”, and all the Gladers are going to get their memories back. BUT, Thomas and his little posse (Newt and Minho), don’t trust WICKED, and don’t want them fiddling with theirs brains (fair enough right?), so they kinda, break out, and run away. The rest of the book is basically about them trying to end WICKED and their schemes, and how they find out the truth and the answer to the question that has been bothering me and you (well, maybe it’s just me?) since Teresa came up in the Maze Runner: “Is WICKED good?”
Cons
THE ENDING (may contain hints of spoilers!)
Since I ranted a lot at the beginning, I’ll do a shorter synopsis (can I call it a synopsis?) of the ending. It was just so ANNOYING… because it kinda meant that all that happened in the previous two books were for NOTHING. And BRENDA??? I mean WTH??? That was just so annoying… and with Teresa as well… My feelings towards loads of the characters changed; e.g. Some which I liked in the other books, at the end I hated… and others, I eventually kinda liked…
I think the last death at the end should have it own little paragraph: I just wish the author wrote more about it, such as the feelings of the other character, rather than: “Oh, you’re dying. You just saved my life and now I’m going to run off into a heavenly world, with the person who you hate, and make out with him/her in a few minutes” I really hated that character at the end….
It just seemed to gloss over… and I can’t help but compare it to Prim’s death the Mockingjay (sorry if that is a spoiler to those of you who haven’t read the hunger games…); because with Prim’s death it was so sudden, and Katniss only had a one dimensional feeling of anger over Prim’s death; kinda like the death and feelings in this book…

Unanswered questions
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one… The main thing that really bothered me was, how Thomas didn’t get his memories back. It just seemed that Dashner didn’t exactly know what his memories were, so he just used a different method, to avoid writing about them altogether… I just hope we find them out in the Kill Order…

The Suddenness
Usually this is a good thing, but seriously, in this book, it just bothered me… There were just too many sudden plot twists, so after some time it just didn’t make my heart race as it did before. It still made me shocked, but just not to the same extent… Some parts of the book, I just wish he had spent a little more time building up to it, rather than just launching into it straight after a plot twist…

Pros
Usually I would do loads of paragraphs on the pros of this book, but it is pretty much the same as his other books (I’ll just make a list below), so I don’t think I’m going to explain them as I did for his other books, because this review is getting a little lengthy, and I think I’m rambling too much. I think I am rambling now… Damn it… So. Without any more rambling:
Writing style
Cover of the books
The awesomeness of Minho

The Heart-wrenchingness
The action 

Favourite Quotes (note. some quotes may contain hints to the book!)

  • “I ought to break your shuck nose”
  • “Kill me. If you’ve ever been my friend, kill me”
  • “Awww,” Minho said. “That’s almost as sweet as that time she slammed the end of a spear into your shuck face”
  • “Sometimes they do things to make me do the opposite of what they think, I think, they think, I am going to do.”
  • “Minho looked at Thomas, a serious expression on his face. “If I don’t see you on the other side,” he said in a sappy voice, “remember that I love you”

Overall
Because of my loyalty to this series, I’m going to give it 5 shuriken stars…. but I would have to say, that it is only five because I loved the other two books so much!, But if this was the first book in a series…, I would say it would probably only be around 3 and a half or 4 shuriken stars… BUT STILL! If you have read the other two books, I would still recommend you to read this book, as you never know, from other reviews that I have read, it seems that some people at least have liked it…

Speaker for the Dead- Orson Scott Card

Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga, #2)Wow, just wow.
This book is one of the best books ever written. However, I wouldn’t say that it was better than Ender’s Game (oh, just in case you didn’t know, this is the second in the Ender’s Game Saga, by Orson Scott Card (but for the purposive of this review, lets just abbreviate this down to OSC) :D, and there are four books since it is a saga! :D). Maybe it’s equal to?, but definitly not better, because Ender’s Game was AMAZING! Anyway, back to Speaker for the Dead.

So, if you haven’t read this book, please don’t judge it on the cover, or on the title, or anything, just trust me and read it! At first I was a little reluctant to read it, because I didn’t want anything to spoil Ender’s Game, and I was worried that this sequel would be a huge let down, partly because on Goodreads (note. the best book site ever), it had a slightly lower rating: Ender’s Game, 4.23 and Speaker for the Dead, 3.94. And usually the second book in a series has a higher rating, because most of the people who decide to read it, mostly likely had a high opinion on the first book… And so before I read this book, I was so worried…. 😦 But rest assured, that worry has been replaced by anticipation!

(I know this doesn’t have much to do with the book review, but: THERE IS GOING TO BE A ENDER’S GAME MOVIE IN 2013!!! This is why the world can’t end this year…:( I can’t wait. And just to clarify, the thing I can’t wait for is the movie, not the 2012 end of the world thing…, I don’t think I’m that crazy…)

Summary
This book takes place about 30 years after the first book, and originally it was meant as a stand alone book, so I guess, if you can’t be bothered to read the first it would still make sense… But I’m not advising that, because I felt that if I hadn’t read the first book, it would have been so much harder to connect with some of the characters, such as Ender (btw, I’m going to refer to him as Ender, instead of his other name, in case I release a spoiler to people who haven’t read either book). It is still about him finding a home planet for the hive queen. At the start of the book, we get introduced to a whole new range of character, and then, SUDDENLY. They are replaced by Ender. As he is a speaker for the dead, he decides to travel to the home planet of Pipo, Novinha and Libo, to speak for someone who died. However, when he is travelling to get there (it takes about 20 year, but he only feels it for about 1 week), he hears some news; Novinha wanted to cancel his appointment, and that there were more people wanting appointments… And so his trouble starts… The rest of the story is about him helping, and almost healing all of the people and piggies on the planet, as well as trying to heal himself, by getting rid of his guilt (which, although it doesn’t sound like much, is a major part of the story) 😀

Cons
Too many characters
I just felt that it was really hard to get to know all of the characters… because there are so many… And although we got to know a few of them…, it just made the ones that we didn’t get to know, in a way worse… Does that make sense???
Also, since I have no where else to put this I’ll put it here :D: I HATE OUANDA… she just frustrates me so much…. and I felt so sorry for  Miro at the end… How could she do that???? It just means that she is full of LIES… EVERYTHING ABOUT THEIR PAST TOGETHER… Miro… ;(

Individuality
Imagine a balloon being blown up. That’s Ender’s Game. Then Imagine the balloon deflating. That’s Speaker for the Dead, in comparison to Ender’s Game. Ender’s Game was just so unique, and there was nothing quite like it. And kinda the same with Speaker for the Dead, but just less… After reading it, and looking back at it, I realised that it is just like any science fiction book… about aliens…

Pros
Marcao’s Speaking scene
I just loved this moment. Without trying to sound cliché; it was magical.  I loved how Ender was able to make us see him in a new light every time, and how it wasn’t just the people in the book that saw him like that, but how we did too. It has almost completely changed the way that I think; how we, as the human race, can’t judge a person when we don’t know them (because although it is considered morally wrong, and if someone was questioned, they would most likely say that they didn’t, but it really made me think, and it made me sad, because I realised that sometimes, I actually did this), such as with Quara, how she was so quiet; if there was someone in the world today (as of course there are), wouldn’t that person be made fun of, maybe some sniggering comments behind her back, maybe some even said to her face?, but those people don’t know the truth about her, how she could have had an abusive father, who shocked her into being physically unable to speak, like in the story?
It just worries me, because little bits like that, could so easily be true.

Manipulation
Usually I really hate being manipulated… but this time was different… especially after I have finished reading this book, I just looked back and saw how well the author wrote this book. He could manipulate our feelings towards different characters so easily, such as the Marcao speaking scene, and how we felt towards each character in the end…

Humanity
There’s a quote by I can’t remember who that’s: “The only thing we learn from history, is nothing”. After reading this book, I totally agree. It’s almost sad… This book has made me realise even more, how cruel humanity is, and I can think of examples of how this book relates to real life. I would say, what I am referring to in the book, but being perfectly honest, I don’t think I can do the book justice…, if I try to explain.

Emotions
It has everything a book could offer; sadness, happiness, humour, action, loss, gain, doing what’s right, and what someone want, etc. I can’t imagine what else someone could want in a book…

Favourite Quotes

  • “This is how humans are: We question all our beliefs, except for the ones that we really believe in, and those we never think to question.”
  • “It’s the most charming thing about humans. You are all so sure that the lesser animals are bleeding with envy because they didn’t have the good fortune to be born Homo sapiens”
  • “Quim,” she said, “don’t ever try to teach me about good and evil. I’ve been there, and you’ve seen nothing but a map”
  • “Order and disorder’, said the speaker, ‘they each have their beauty”
  • “Dona Crista laughed a bit. “Oh, Pip, I’d be glad for you to try. But do believe me, my dear friend, touching her heart is like bathing in ice.”
    I imagine. I imagine it feels like bathing in ice to the person touching her. But how does it feel to her? Cold as she is, it must surely burn like fire.”
  • “Darkness bound them closer than light”
  • “As long as you keep being born its ok to die every now and then”
  • “What type of man of you is there, when his son asks for bread, and will give him a stone?”
  • “If you believed that someone was perfect in the heart, Bishop, so righteous that to live another day could only cause them to be less perfect, then wouldn’t it be a good thing for them if they were killed and taken directly to heaven?”

Overall
This is going to be quite blunt, as I think I have rambled a lot through this review… , oh, I’m rambling again… :D, so, as I said to be blunt: Read this book. Read Ender’s Game. They are amazing! You won’t regret it. 5 shuriken stars. One of my all time favourites.