I finished reading Judy Blume's new book In the Unlikely Event- and I have mixed feelings about it. I love Judy Blume- I read her books when I was a teenager (like most teen girls) and related to the characters and situations. But this book (set in the 1950's) is harder to relate too and I think its because of the MULTIPLE (like 20) points of view. I found it hard to get attached to any character, when the POV kept switching between so many different people - all related or known to each other in some way- but still difficult to care for an individual. The only people I cared for were the plane crash victims- I was heartbroken when the first plane went down, devastated when the second went down and just (should've been expecting it by now) distraught when the third when down. All those innocent lives lost. I did enjoy seeing how the town (both the community and individuals) dealt with the tragedies. Such a horrible thing to happen- people deal with grief in different ways, even if they didn't know anyone personally on the planes. Its still a shock. The writing is good, Judy Blume is an excellent writer, its just by the end of the novel- I really didn't care for a majority of the characters- I just wanted to know how it ended and tied all together.
I finished another book about librarians - this time a YA book: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. When I first read the synopsis I fell in love- What happens if the Great Library of Alexandria survived? How does the world evolve with that all that knowledge that survives instead of burns - in this world, the Library rules- EVERYTHING. While you're encouraged to write everything down, you're not allowed to read anything outside of the approved list. Owning personal copies and first editions of books is a punishable offence. All knowledge is controlled and owned by the Library- the government and ruler of the world. In this world, Libraries aren't always a good thing.
There are so many wonderful things about this book! I fell in love within the first three chapters- the mystery surrounding the Library was intriguing- I wanted to love it, it is the Great Library of Alexandria after all but the controlling, power-hungry, Archivist didn't make that possible. Its a weird feeling- not liking a library but when the Library is controlling and destroying peoples lives, taking away all freedom of choice. I couldn't believe how inhumane the Library could be- locking people away for life- just because they have "powers" or because they wanted to own personal copies of books.
I didn't really like the main character (Jess) until he became a student of the Library and started to learn about the dark, seedy, choices that the library makes to "preserve" knowledge. I really liked some of Jess' fellow students- SPOILER- and right as I started to care about some of them - they started DYING! I mean come on- make me care about these teens who are living in a war-zone (which I guess should've been my first clue) and then kill them off. Geeze. Not nice.
Since the online Summer Reading Program is over, I'll keep a tally of my yearly goal (55)
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