LITTLE BROTHER: Little Brother by Corey Doctrow (2008)
This novel is a fantastic reinterpretation of George Orwell’s classic Nineteen Eighty-Four and is written for teens. I found that Doctrow did a good job at reinventing this classic and found he made the world Orwell created in Nineteen Eighty-Four more relatable to us who were born after 1984. This book made me laugh a lot and I found myself really caring for the main character “w1n5t0n.” This is definitely one of the more literary YA novels that I have read in while. For all you teachers out there, don’t torture today’s student with 1984, but perhaps, let them read Little Brother….just saying!
Summary: Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.
But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they’re mercilessly interrogated for days.
When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.
BIG BROTHER: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell was written in 1949 and is a dystopian science fiction novel about the future of America. It is everything the liberals fight against: mind control, perpetual war, government surveillance and propaganda.
Overall, I found this novel very hard to read and complete. It portrays a very unreasonable society where ignorance is praised and common sense is punished. As you can read on the poster to the left, this is just one example of the many propaganda we are shown and it is very hard to swallow. The main character, Winston Smith, is our guide through the new regime and Orwell does an amazing job of making the reader feel as uncomfortable as Winston does about how his world is being run. He has absolutely no freedom: Big Brother is always watching!
Winston is part of a small group of non-believers who don’t agree with the government (it’s less of a movement, and more of a natural instinct), and these non-believers come in many different strands. Julia, for example, is the character Winston “falls in love with” (which in this society, love is not allowed, nor does it exist). Coincidently, Julia feels the same for Winston and they steel away to the country, far from any eyes of Big Brother to break the law and participate in illegal love making. Winston is elated at finding another non-believer, but then he realizes that Julia does believe in Big Brother whole-heartedly, except when it comes to restricting love.
This book has been made in to many different movies, but here is the 1984 version of Nineteen Eighty-Four:
Overall, I tend to read for pleasure and this novel was anything but a pleasurable read. If you decide to take the leap and try reading this widely popular classic, good luck and don’t give up!
I’m sorry that I completely abandoned my Halloween posts, but both jobs got the better of me!
If you are wondering, I ended up being a Faery for Halloween. My costume was inspired from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series (I’m kind of addicted to these books right now).
In RT Book Reviews magazine, I came across these delightful e-reader covers that are fashioned out of, you guessed it, classic texts. Not only do these covers bring the old-school-feel we miss when having an e-reader, but I think they cleverly mask your possibly expensive investment.
Some of my favourites:
Not every cover fits every e-reader, so make sure to read the fine print before your order one of your own!
Check it out: CLICK HERE!
If you don’t see a favourite, the designer, Randy, does make custom orders!
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: A Twilight Novella
Release date: Jun5, 2010, in stores and FREE online!
On June 5th after 12pm Stephenie Meyer will post this book on www.breetanner.com for free. Stephenie states that she is so grateful for all her book sales that she wanted to provide this story for free, as well as in the bookstore for those die-hard collectors.
As everyone knows, the next Twilight series, Midnight Sun, the story narrated from Edwards perspective, has been cancelled due to a leak of the manuscript. This is possibiliy your last chance to a new Twilight work by Meyer so happy reading!
Working at a bookstore, I find it hard to escape the Twilight phenomenon, especially since we sell at least ten copies of the series every time I’m in. So I took the plunge, put all my prejudice of mass market teen fiction aside and read all four books and the results: I loved it!
My advice for one who is taking on the Twilight journey is, don’t get fustrated with the first two books. Yes the plot moves slowly, but once you get to book three and four, all your determined reading will be paid off! Aslo, the movies make so much more sense after having read the books, I guarentee.
Also, I read the last two books on my iPod touch thanks to the Kobo app, and enjoyed having the ability to read in all my spare moments. If you haven’t tried an e-book, now is the time to take the plunge before they explode in popularity!
Here is the movie trailer for the latest movie in the Twilight saga, set to release in theatres June 30, 2010.