Tag Archives: survival

See Me, Review

9 Nov

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Plot: At first this book seemed like it would follow the typical Nicholas Sparks format where a guy and a girl with troubled pasts meet and fall in love, but then the past meets up with the present and they have to work their way through something tragic. I’m not saying that that didn’t happen, however in this book, about half of it was filled with  danger from the past as opposed to it just being something that happens at the conclusion.

A chance encounter on a rainy night leads to Colin helping Maria change her tire on a deserted road. With a little detective work from Maria’s younger sister, it turns out that they know each other, and she helps facilitate another meeting between Maria and Colin. Although rocky at first, things start picking up between them, and they share many details from their past. But when Maria starts receiving threatening notes and gifts, she needs to confront some skeletons in her closet before it’s too late.

Would you recommend this book? Yes, but not for younger teens. There are some mature themes.

4 stars

–Jen

Monument 14: Sky on Fire, Review

15 Dec

Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne (Monument 14, Book 2)

Plot: In this second book in a trilogy, Dean, Astrid, and some of the kids  stayed in the superstore rather than get on the bus with Alex, Niko, and the others.

There is a surprising return of one of the original Monument 14 to the superstore that gets Dean a little riled up as he is trying to get closer to Josie. Alex and the others who left are trying to get to Denver International Airport to get to safety, and run into some people they were not expecting. Their goal is to get to the airport and then get help sent back to the superstore, but will everybody still be in the store when they arrive back?

This book is told in alternating viewpoints as you follow the group who left the store as well as the group who stayed in the store, so it helps to keep the story flowing and is therefore a quick read.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars

–Jen

 

Throne of Glass, Book Trailer

5 Dec

The Rule of Three, Book Trailer

21 Feb

Could you survive?

The 5th Wave, Book Trailer

13 Jan

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, Review

23 Sep

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Plot: This book is about people telling their stories about how they survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. The survivors told about what it was like on the night it sank, such as how cold it was, how scary it was and how they lost their loved ones.

I loved the book because it was about the Titanic, and I love any stories about the Titanic.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

5 stars

–Alia

 

Insurgent, Book Trailer

9 Aug

*This is one of the nominees for the Teens’ Top Ten 2013!

The City of Ember, Review

8 Jul

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Plot: In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions. This is about two young heroes who attempt to solve an ancient mystery in time to prevent their underground city from being swallowed by darkness. The City of Ember was built over 200 years ago, deep below the earth, where the destruction of a mass-scale disaster couldn’t reach it. Equipped with a massive generator and vast supplies, the people of Ember have thrived happily for generations — but the city wasn’t meant to be lived in forever. The generator is breaking down and the supplies are running out, but two centuries in isolation have robbed the Emberites of their knowledge — nobody knows how the electric lights work anymore, and nobody understands that there’s something beyond the city besides darkness. Nobody, that is, besides Lina  and Doon , two twelve-year-olds who still have the hope that everyone else has lost to ignorance and apathy — not to mention a sheet of instructions left by the Builders themselves explaining how to leave the city. But the 200-year-old paper is falling apart, and pieces are missing. So with the lights threatening to flicker out for the last time and leave Ember in darkness forever, Lina and Doon set out on an adventure through the streets, sewers, and dark caverns of Ember to put the pieces back together. To solve the mystery, they’ll have to get inside the Builders’ heads, and avoid the grasp of corrupt Mayor Cole, who wants to keep Ember the way it is — no matter what the cost.

Lina and Doon were childhood friends who grew apart, but the mission of putting together a secret message found in a box but chewed up by Lina’s little sister reminds them of why they became friends years ago.  The City of Ember has prescribed times of light and dark, at 9PM all the lights go out and at 6AM they come back on.  All citizens receive a job assignment when they are 12 by picking them from a hat.  Some work at the pipe works, some work with electricity, some go to the green house, others are messengers and some work in the store room and so on.  Lina longs to be a messenger, but gets a job below ground as a pipe worker; by trading with Doon they both start to get a new view of the city.  The shortages that are coming about in the storehouses, the flickering of the lights, the sicknesses and failed crops in the greenhouse start suspicions that the city is failing.  Then Lina finds a message in a box, a message her grandmother is looking for but unable to find with her failing memory. Unfortunately Poppy, her two year old sister, finds it first and mangles it up.  Lina can’t get anyone but Doon to take the message seriously.

The children work together to find a way to solve the riddle and save the city while dealing with some society members who have been hoarding supplies and want to keep the status quo.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars

–Jill

Fabulous Films 2013: Survival

17 Apr

The 2013 theme for Fabulous Films is Survival. Check out the great list of movies below that fit the theme. Have you seen any of them yet?

FICTION

1. 127 Hours A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

2. 28 Days Later– An infirmary patient awakens from a coma to an empty room to find that a powerful virus has transformed the world around him into a seemingly desolate wasteland.

3. Alive– Faced with the brutal weather conditions in the Andes after their plane crashes, members of a rugby team struggle to survive.

4. Apollo 13–  When the Apollo 13 spacecraft was seriously during an explosion, the crew and Houston-based mission controllers race against time and heavy odds to return the damaged spacecraft safely to Earth.

5. Battle Royale– A 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they are locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left.

6. Big Miracle– Three whales are trapped by ice in the waters off Barrow, Alaska.  Various segments of the population come together to save the whales.

7. Cast Away– When Chuck Nolan’s plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean, he finds himself stranded on a deserted island.  With few supplies, Chuck must physically and mentally adapt to his new environment in order to survive.

8. Defiance– Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.

9. Devil’s Arithmetic– A teen girl learns to appreciate her Jewish heritage after being transported back in time to the concentration camp that imprisoned her ancestor.

10. Eight Below– This film tells the story of a pack of sled dogs abandoned at a research film.  These dogs must battle hunger, the extreme climate, and dangerous predator in order to survive.

11. Grave of the Fireflies–  Forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath of fire-bombing at the end of WWII, Seita and Setsuko’s doomed struggle is both a tribute to the human spirit and the stuff of nightmares.

12. Hunger Games– Katniss Everdeen, 16, volunteers in her younger sister’s place during the annual Hunger Games and must rely upon her sharp instincts when she’s pitted against highly trained Tributes who have prepared their entire lives.

13. I am Legend– Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

14. Jurassic Park– When scientists discover how to breed dinosaurs from preserved DNA and open a theme park, things go terribly wrong.

15. King of Thorn– As the Medousa Virus spreads worldwide, a handful of individuals are selected to be cryogenically frozen while a cure is developed. When they awaken they find the facility mysteriously different and must fight a battle to escape a labyrinthine nightmare.

16. Rabbit-Proof Fence–  In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.

17. Shaun of the Dead– Brain-hungry zombies shamble through the streets of London, but Shaun only cares about his girlfriend Liz, who just dumped him. With the help of his slacker roommate Ed, Shaun fights his way across town to rescue Liz.

18. Soul Surfer– After surviving a shark attack that leaves her with only one arm, Bethany Hamilton makes a comeback as a competitive surfer.

19. Tomorrow When the War Began– A group of teenagers return from a camping trip to discover their country has been taken over by an invading army and must band together to survive.

20. Wall-E– Wall-E is the last robot of the “Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class” left on earth to clean up the environmental degradation done by the former human inhabitants. When a new robot, EVE, finds plant life on Earth, Wall-E must help the human race return to their former life on Earth.

21. War of the Worlds– Ray Ferrier, a divorced father who witnesses one giant craft destroy his New Jersey town, is on the road with his teen son  and preteen daughter in tow, trying to keep ahead of the invasion.

22. Winter’s Bone– An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

23. Zombieland– A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the Last Twinkie and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

NON-FICTION

1. American Experience-The Donner Party– This documentary by Ric Burns uncovers the tragic story of the Donner Party as they traveled across the West to settle in California.

2. Which Way Home– Among the thousands who ride the Mexican freight trains, many are children traveling alone to risk everything for the chance of a better life.

After the Snow, Book Trailer

12 Jan

One of the 2013 William C. Morris Award finalists…the winner will be announced at the end of this month!