Friday, January 24, 2014

Ship Breaker Book Review

 “Ship Breaker” by Paolo Bacigalupi
                “Ship Breaker” by Paolo Bacigalupi is set in the near future, where the world is ravaged by unpredictable weather, including Category 6 hurricanes. There are those who are extremely wealthy, and there are those who are extremely poor, like Nailer. Nailer is part of a light crew that strips old ships of things such of copper wire that they sell for money. Not much money, but enough to get him, and his alcoholic father by. However, Nailer’s whole world changes after a storm causes a clipper ship to wreck near his shore. Nailer saves a girl off this ship, Nita. This is a girl he can ransom for more money than he’s ever known. But, Nailer is not so sure that he can sell Nita, a girl who’s done no wrong, to a man who will hurt her.

                Paolo Bacigalupi’s writing style is flows smoothly, and therefore, is very comfortable to read. The tone is fast paced to reflect the fast paced speed of the plot, and it keeps the reader hooked. Teens who enjoy adventurous books as well as novels set in the future will find “Ship Breaker” a good read. Also, teens who have an interest in boats may find this book interesting because Nailer is fond of ships and discusses them in the novel. “Ship Breaker” is a very interesting novel, and could be a good choice for anyone.  Dwijayini H., Teen Reviewer

The Fault In Our Stars Book Review

 “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
                “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green follows the story of Hazel, a teenage girl battling cancer. Hazel is somewhat forced to go to a support group where she meets Augustus, or “Gus” as well as his friend Isaac. The three become close friends, but there’s something more between Hazel and Gus. As their love blossoms the pair take a trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands, where Gus breaks some terrible news about his cancer to Hazel. 
                John Green’s writing style is easy to understand and reflects the way teenagers today think and speak. He tells Hazel’s story in a captivating way that makes it hard to put the book down. Green’s eloquent use of language really captures human emotions well. The plot is not predictable, which keeps the reader interested.

                John Green fans will find “The Fault in Our Stars” another wonderful novel, and a refreshing change from Green’s other books. Also, high school students will enjoy this book because Hazel’s life can be easily related to. Those who like Realistic Fiction may find this book a good choice for them. However, “The Fault in Our Stars” is a book that most people can enjoy because of its relatable nature. Dwijayini H., Teen Reviewer