Sorry for being inactive lately, exam season has been exhausting and I feel like it has been an eternity since I've last written a review. However, summer is approaching (*grins as now has an excuse to eat ice cream 24/7*) and I will have so much more time to keep up with my blog ;).
Anyway, the third Territory book is by far my favourite - Sarah once again has impressed me with her elegant writing style and finesse. The gripping finale tells the story of Noa and her friends escaping through the Fence, fleeing from the Ministry and their ubiquitous spies and dealing with a broken heart shattered into a million pieces. Fast paced, poignant and full of twists - this gem of a book is a rival to any modern classics. Throughout the book Sarah unconsciously forces us to consider our planet's future, how we handle population growth and makes us question our education system. Not only is this book an absolute pleasure to read but a warning that stimulates us to change something about the way we live on our precious planet.
Starring an endearingly flawed heroine and a compelling love triangle, the books are acutely observed and the themes of inequality and environmental collapse effect you chillingly close to the bone.
With elements of sci-fi, romance and adventure this book is suitable for anyone aged 12+. As we trek further into this book we develop a strong bond with all the characters, their personal stories and how they came to the Wetlands. As readers, witnessing strangers connect so closely by hard circumstances such as hunger and even death is so moving - this theme of having to face hard reality is one that makes this book feel so real.
In conclusion, I absolutely loved this book from the first word to the very last and would 100% recommend you to read it. If you have any suggestions for books I should read and perhaps reviews next - comment then down below!
Geraldine McCaughrean takes us back to 1727, to a sea stac located off the island of St Kilda.
Where the World Ends tells the story of Quilliam, his friends and a few adults that travel to this remote stac to
hunt for small animals and bring back resources such as feathers, oil and flesh which are vital for the Islanders.Their
annual adventure on the island was nothing out of the ordinary. Days flew by as the crew collected birds and gazed at the
picturesque and mesmerising view. The powerful waves crashing into Warrior stac, the smell of salt and song of the birds all
added to this harsh environment’s beauty. But they started to realise that the boat that was supposed to get them back hasn’t come yet.
They waited. Maybe there was a storm so were forced to set sail in the next few days? Maybe the islanders needed to get a new boat as the old one was being repaired?
But hope, warmth and light slowly faded like the setting sun from the hearts of Quill and his friends. It must be the end of the world, they thought, why else
would nobody bring them home? This tale of survival and friendship enthralled me from the beginning.I loved the vividly described flashbacks from Hirta,
the characterisation of Quilliam and the point of view the story was told from.
The description of the weather and birds on the Stac are evocative and realistic making this book even more authentic.
Overall, this undoubtedly original book is a delight to read and I would recommend it for children aged 12 to adults as I believe
this is a book everyone can enjoy.
Hello my fellow PageFlicker fans! What have you been up to lately. Remember, if you have any book review recommendations comment down below - I will definitely read them! Anyway down to the review. This book review is about the second book in The Territory series but don't fret if you haven't read the first book, you can read my review on it below.
The last book ends with Noa and Raf finding out that they passed the TAA but their beloved friend Jack was going to be send off to the disease ridden wetlands. Noa promised to save Jack, her lifelong friends that she couldn't lose. In the next days, Noa and Raf collected resources and supplies for their malignant and treacherous journey. Mosquito repellent, matches, clothes, water purification tablets - they took it all. Although getting through the fence will be tough, the toughest part would be parting from their families. As Noa's parents wished her good luck in college, Noa just smiled but inside complete agony and anguish tore through her as she knew the chances of them saving Jack and returning in time was slim to none.
This fresh-dystopian novel tells us a story of love, support and persistence. I especially enjoyed this novel as Govett didn't suddenly imagine that Noa and Raf are some kind of heroes but just teenagers. They survived through humanity and love. Moreover, when Noa and Raf enter the Wetlands we see that people there are trying to build a society - a new life. Children here a being born and educated. Generations are setting up villages and living here. This community is building an opposition team, hatching plans to overthrow the ministry. An elite team are recruited - to hack, fight and destroy. These people are fighting for a better future for the Territory - they want humanity and kindness - not a corrupt and unfair society. But although their master plan sounds magnificent and easy to pull off, others will hold them back.
I really enjoyed this fast paced, vivid, survival book. It made me cry and scream with joy. Many times I guessed what will happen later in the book but Sarah surprised with twists and turns in the plot. The one negative for me is the ending of this book - it didn't satisfy me - nothing major was revealed and nothing happened (in my opinion). This is why I hope there will be a new book in the series - continuing from this engrossing and enthralling book.
How are you my fellow PageFlicker fans! What have you been reading lately? Well..... in these spring holidays I've read a bunch of wonderful books but this book is a must read.
This is Robin Steven's 7th book in her Wells and Wong murder series and if you haven't read her previous book - I encourage you to do so as they are gripping, enthralling and filled with delighting characters and sinister murders.
Hazel's Grandfather passes away so Hazel and her detective friend, Daisy, head to the vibrant and bustling city of Hong Kong. But upon their arrival, they discover that Hazel has a new baby brother, Teddy.
Just as Hazel begins to get used to the new addition to her family, tragedy strikes - a member of Hazel's household is murdered and her baby brother - kidnapped! If matters couldn't get any worse, the killer has framed Hazel for committing this dreadful crime as the murder weapon is Hazel's jade pin. Hours later, a telephone rings in the Wong household. Everyone is anxious and panicked - is Teddy alive? Where is Su Li's murderer now? A muffled voice on the other side of the phone commands a ransom to be paid - 100 thousand dollars in return for precious Teddy.
The Detective society are once again on the hunt - following all clues and leads to retrieve Teddy and avenge Su Li's death by exposing her murderer. This fast paced book is filled with many intricately crafted characters and a well thought out plot. I also loved how Robin Stevens explored the complicated theme of family - maternal and paternal bonds - how overwhelming and difficult it is to have many siblings and how it feels like to not be the favourite.
Moreover, I loved the fact that Daisy was no longer in charge - this reverse of dynamics gave this book an interesting spin making this book a more enjoyable read. The vivid descriptions of Hong Kong - it's urban, metropolitan vibe contrasted against the lush, opulent and abundant array of flowers, wildlife and humid climate makes me feel like I'm in Hong Kong myself. This adds to the overall authenticity of the book.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thrilling, original and fast-paced - I would recommend this book to lovers of mystery and murder. If you would like to check out the authors website and read about her other books, here it is:
Omar is a 12 year old boy living in a beautiful town in Syria. Bosra was a hive of activity, a labyrinth of lively streets and alleys. Omar lived a great life surrounded by a loving family and his best friends. A life full of pleasures he soon realised he took for granted. With a safe home, loving family and education, his childhood was filled with laughter and joy. He loved selling merchandise to tourists with his uncle Rasoul and he aspired to become a businessman, this dream guiding him through the most difficult, depressing and dismal moments of his life. As Omar clutched onto this dream, catastrophic events struck forcing Omar and his family to flee to the town of Daraa. War came over the horizon like a slow moving tank. Misery was drenched in the bombed houses and sidewalks, the pools of blood on the streets and desolate and destroyed remains of the once lively city. Some wanted the regime to change, others supported the government, but Omar didn’t care about politics at all. Brutal demonstrations and violent marches filled the cities streets and what was the government’s response? The summoning of thousands of soldiers, the bombing of major cities, senseless killing, torturing and arresting innocent civilians. Everyone knew what this meant. War. A three letter word that can obliterate anything. Omar’s family is once again on the run, but it seems like any where they go, a path of torment, brutality and conflict follows them.
I love this book as it was different from lots of refugee themed books I’ve previously read. It really made me sympathise with refugees who have no home to return to, they feel like they belong to nobody at all. Omar had this dream of being an entrepreneur and it lead him through his life like a flashlight. It was like an object he would clasp onto, the last bit of hope, of something positive and bright.
I think this book is not only about refugees but about dreams. Many view them as wild ambitions that may never come true; others as cherished aspirations that drag you through your life, motivate you to work harder. Some consider them as imagined fantasies that ought to be ignored but this book taught me to not just follow my dreams but to chase them.
This book is an exceptional piece of writing. This poignant novel is gripping, fast paced, enlightening and thought provoking. I would recommend this book for children aged 10-14
The Hawkweed Prophecy is a perfect blend of fantasy and magic yet vivid, believable and beautifully flawed characters. This book had me enraptured from the first page with it’s delectable writing and words strung together amidst the classical fantasy theme running throughout the book.
Poppy is a troubled teenager, moving from place to place like a migrating bird. Constantly changing school and house means that she never makes any friends or long lasting connections. Poppy has an electric personality, her soul is filled with flames giving her strength and power so she can summon and cast spells. As she is left to her own devices, she stumbles across the Dell, a quaint and mystical place filled with abandoned junk, the perfect escape from Poppy’s otherwise mundane life.
Here she meets the kind and gentle Ember, a young witch living in the Coven, a sisterhood bound by their love of anything supernatural and paranormal. In this magical community, Ember feels like an outcast amid the talented witches of her age.
Soon there lives become intertwined in a friendship like no other as they share knowledge of their two worlds. Little do they know that a raven’s curse, the boy they both love, a life of betrayal and an ancient prophecy foretelling queen of the witches binds them together closer than they can ever imagine.
This story of friendship, heartbreak, courage and magic will break your heart and mend it. This lyrical debut novel examines what its like to have power and to be a women. Imaginative, poignant and breathtaking, this book is must-read if you are a lover of make-believe and friendship themes which I recommend for children aged from 11-13.
I personally have mixed feelings about this book as fantasy isn’t my cup of tea. Nevertheless, Irene’s original and elegant writing style gripped me from the very first line of this indisputably well written novel.
Meet Noa Blake, the protagonist of the first trilogy in the Territory series. As we follow her life on The Territory, a safe haven free from parasites and disease like the Wetlands, we meet believable, vivid and authentic characters. In this story of endurance, prejudice and discovery we learn to question the future of our world and begin to realise the importance of our environment and our overall impact on it.
The year is 2059 and on 5th June, Noa's life as she knows it might change forever.
After the catastrophic flood that took place due to global warming and the melting of the ice caps, most of our beautiful world is now uninhabitable. Vegetation, whole species of animals, cities - submerged and destroyed. The population in liveable areas is multiplying like bacteria and the government have no option but to control these numbers, as they like to say "Limited space requires limited numbers". They concluded that all children which are 15 years old must sit the TAA, pass this exam and you can continue to live on this island of bliss, but fail the exam and you're shipped off to the Wetlands, - a death sentence, a land ridden with disease, filth, grime, filled with starvation and malady.
The richest can afford their children to "Upload", bypass and download all the information needed for the exam. These "freakoids", referred to as Childes, have the highest chance of success but how about all the others? The Norms have their work cut out as come exam day, June 5th, their life can be taken away from them in a blink. Under this law established by The Ministry, thousands of innocent children each year lose their lives to this system.
Sarah explores this sinister theme of Freakoids, a newly engineered elite race seeming robotic in their way of thinking and their day to day behaviour. Becoming The Ministry's models and discriminating against the Norm society, there is clear friction between these groups sparking arguments, fights and protests all over the Territory.
I love the different topics the author explored in this book: sci-fi, dystopia and even the extent of predicting the consequences of our actions and how our world is slowly and painfully deteriorating. This book is important in our modern society and I recommend reading this book as It raises issues in our political and environmental system which gave me a new perspective on how I live my own life.
(Credit to my brother for some of the ideas)
Zeze is a blindingly precocious 5-year-old boy often known as the naughtiest “troublemaker” of the town. His misdeeds are meant simply for his entertainment and his attempt to get attention from his family and friends, but his poor family cannot give him the love he craves. He gets beaten, abused, and teased at school but his curious mind and his golden heart remains forever. His only true friend being his Sweet Orange Tree, Pinky. He can tell Pinky anything - all his secrets, his wild pranks and interesting stories. Pinky is always there for him as reliable as the sun rising and the moon descending behind the clouds. But that is until he meets Portuga, the richest man in town. He tries to ride on the bumper of Manoel Valadares, "Portuga", but is caught and spanked. Zeze feels humiliated and seeks revenge, however Portuga ends up understanding Zeze and shares his world of fantasies and a new friendship is formed.
To Zeze, Portuga is not only a friend but the caring father figure he needs.To Portuga, Zeze is a source of inspiration and the light in his otherwise mundane life. Zeze would almost live for Portuga, he would look forward to every time they would meet or take a ride in his car. He would eve forget about the poverty drenched city he lives in.
This book is beautifully written with believable characters and vivid descriptions and I would recommend it for children aged between 11-14. This is definitely a book you should put on your Christmas List!
The Great Network is a place of wonder and mystery. Beautiful locomotives and drones. Station angels, hive monks and mischevious boys just like Zen. The maze of a million gates, where trains whizz through the galaxy in a heartbeat. This complex maze links hundreds of rich and varied world, each one different from the other.
The story follows Zen, a street urchin on the bottom rungs of society, barely able to support his family. Soon he becomes entangled with a shady master criminal, Raven, who sends Zen and Nova on a mission and has a sinister plan for the Network...
This book is full of inventive concepts and intriguing ideas and I was driven to keep reading. There's an alien species called hive monks, who worship the "Insect Lines", a set of railway lines beyond the network. These compelling sci-fi concepts make Railhead such an original and captivating book.
The characters are vivid and believable. Zen is a prejudiced likable petty thief who is desperately trying to break free from his poverty-stricken lifestyle. Nova, a female Moto and Raven, a mix between an anti-hero and a villain, you decide.
Overall, I absolutely loved this book. I recommend it for children aged between 11-14. Filled with twists and turns, amazing description and lovable characters; you are gripped from the beginning. Will Zen complete Raven’s robbery and be able to ride on his beloved intergalactic trains once again? Read this incredible book to find out!
Here are reviews of books I've read recently that I think you may find interesting.