Friday, August 30, 2019

All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury

A group of little children are on the planet Venus trying to have happy lives there because most of the time it rains. During such seldom times, the sun becomes visible to these children which is a very exclusive thing for everyone there. A nine year old girl named Margot is the only one who remembers what the sun looks like because she left Earth five years before her arrival to Venus so she explains her interactive experience with it but the other children do not believe her. With the sun coming back after all these years, such as once in a blue moon, will she ever see the sun again like she had while being on planet Earth?

The book was kind of...odd I would say. I mean I get the whole idea of it but sometimes I start to wonder why an author would make a setting on a random planet for a group of little children. Odd stories are really good in my opinion because at least readers would get to see the different tones and connotations in books rather than the same old basic ones over and over. I thought the cover of this book looks very cool, especially since this is a sci-fi novel. It’s aesthetically pleasing. And I also like how the author used children in this rather than a bunch of teenagers or very old adults because having a plot like that would probably bore the reader. When I first started reading this book, it was when I was in sixth grade so I would recommend 5th or 6th graders to read this. This is a story that many people should easily understand and they should be able to get all the basic lines and key details of this book even though this can sound like teen fiction or young adult fiction. The earlier you start reading sci-fi the better.

Reviewed by Hannah R., Grade 10
Downtown Central

Monday, August 26, 2019

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

A firefighter named Guy Montag has to serve a purpose that he doesn't want to do. He is required to burn any reading material that he sees an individual reading in this dystopian society because reading any literature is strictly forbidden. Everyone is brainwashed into thinking this kind of law is a very good idea and the right thing to follow except for Montag. He meets his neighbor Clarisse, explaining what life was like when books were considered harmless and everyone had the freedom to read anything. All of this leads to Montag wondering so many things about what happened to this kind of society.

While first hearing about the topic of this book, I thought this is going to be great. Later on while reading the book, I thought it was pretty great but at the same time not really. Half of the time I liked this book because of the plot and it had something unique, something that I thought an author would never put in a controversial book like the action of burning books. The rest of my experience of this book I thought wasn't really that great because in the beginning, it felt a bit boring. The plot was too detailed and too wordy but I can't blame it because of course it's literature and I know a lot of people would absolutely love it. 

I think there is a negative and positive opinion I would say here but anyone can read this book whether it is just for fun or for school. In fact, I can see a lot of teachers would recommend their students reading this book as a school assignment. Well, mostly high school and college students in general because like I said, it can be a bit too wordy but that's okay. And this novel has a lot of different types of editions and book adaptations. The one I got was pretty small but it doesn't matter much. I like the more modern copy that shows a book containing a bookmark on it. If you want to watch the movie on this, I mean sure you can but of course the books are obviously much better. I haven't watched the movie yet and I'll leave it as that because I'd rather appreciate the value of literature because Ray Bradbury is a really good author. If you want to give a movie a view, then go ahead.

Reviewed by Hannah R., Grade 10
Downtown Central Library