Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Alive, by Piers Paul Read

Alive, by Piers Paul Read, is a true story all about an amateur rugby teams' plane crash on their way to their rugby game. They were traveling through the Andes and a little too close to the mountains. Their plane hit a mountain and the wing broke off. The plane crashed in the cold, hard snow. Some died from the impact of the crash, but 32 survived. The only shelter they have is the plane's shattered fuselage, and their only supplies are a little wine and some bits of candy. To what lengths will this rugby team go to survive, and how long until they're rescued? To find out, read this chilling survival story.

This book is a compelling story of survival. Unfortunately the author uses too many details and information where the tragic feeling of the story is lost in the average teenage reader. Overall, I enjoyed this story, but I found it difficult to read. I am hesitant to recommend this book. If you think you can get through the inordinate amount of details, you may enjoy this true story of survival. I think this story could have been better told in way less pages.

-Reviewed by Logan, grade 9.

Monday, July 25, 2011

House of Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer

In the House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer; Matteo Alacran, a boy clone, is harvested out of the stomach of a cow. His DNA came from El Patron, lord of a country called Opium. At the age of six, Matt breaks out of the house he was held in to play with some kids. He is soon lead back to the mansion in which El Patron lives. Everybody thinks he is a monster except for El Patron who loves Matt as himself. Throughout the story, Matt is trying to find out his existence. While he is trying to figure out he is threatened by El Patrons power hungry family, and is surrounded by dangerous body guards. An unexpected twist happens and now escaping the mansion is the only chance he has of surviving. Even if he does escape he is never safe because he is marked by his difference.
In my opinion, this book is up there in the best books I have ever read. It's a great science fiction book filled with adventure. This story creates perfect pictures in your mind. It really feels like you know these characters very well and get to know them. Gives a compelling picture of what the future could bring. I would recommend this book to everyone who can read 400 pages with no problem and especially to those who like science fiction. This book has wowed me and I hope it will wow you, too.
-Reviewed by Logan, grade 9.