The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

About (Goodreads)

In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow. This is the story of Einstein’s wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

My Thoughts

I don’t normally read historical fiction books because I’m not a huge fan of history, it bores me. However, I read this book because it was highly recommended at the library and I thought, ‘why not!’. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book.

As with most books I review, I usually peruse others views on the book to see if I’m in the majority or minority on how much or little I liked the book. I’m really surprised at how many people had problems with this book. The author does her best to explain that she takes liberties with her story, as it’s fiction. Let’s remember that, shall we? FICTION. This is a novel based on real people but it. is. fiction. Are there truths? Sure, absolutely. But there’s also a lot of faslehoods, which, have you read fiction? Yeah? Well, guess what..fiction ain’t real.

Like I said, it surprised me how many people didn’t like Benedict’s “lies”. She told a story about a remarkable woman and that’s what people took from this telling.

Mitza Maric was ahead of her time. She was a genius in her own right who made a terrible mistake by marrying the selfish, egotistical Albert Einstein. When I first began reading this book, I honestly, 100% didn’t even know Einstein had been married. It’s not something that is ever mentioned when learning about him. Or maybe it was, but briefly and wasn’t stressed as important. I did a lot of google searches to see how much lined up with what Benedict wrote in this book of fiction. I was surprised to find out a good majority did line up. Mitza was remarkable. Truly. She was no doubt an outcast (as stated in the book for more reasons than just her brilliance), but that gave her determination to me. To me, even though she was this outcast with little to no confidence in who she was as a person or scientist, she was refreshing. And reading a refreshing book, opens your mind.
In the reviews I read, most people had a problem with the opening about her and Einstein’s courtship. I’m in the small percentage, who was riveted. This book captured me from the beginning. I’ll be honest, when any science-y stuff went down, I was like what? (confused face). But the story, her story, was what captured my attention and held it. Mitza was encouraged from a young age by her father, which means a lot back then, to further her education more than most daughters, or women in general, were usually encouraged. She had a limp from a congenital defect but that doesn’t really stop her. She uses as an excuse numerous times, but it never really stops her. She overcomes it as strong women do. And she is strong. Stronger than anyone, including herself, gives her credit for.

Let me be real. I was disappointed she fell for Einstein. In the novel, he seeps slimy. But she can’t see it. Was he truly in love with her? Sure, I’m sure he was well-intentioned at first. But I wonder if maybe he saw just how brilliant, just how genius she was, and he exploited that for himself. I mean he did exploit her genius. All you have to is read the book to see that. But it’s lack of compassion, empathy, love for their first child that made my blood boil. It made me despise Albert Einstein in the book so much that he could refuse to his own child. He was a selfish prick who I was so hoping Mitza would see.

My heart broke when her daughter died. As a mom, I just couldn’t even imagine the pain of losing a child and especially so young. The emotions this book provokes is astounding. Their flirtatious relationship in the beginning makes you happy and almost bashful for seeing their intimate moments, the heartache, the betrayal, the hurt and pain that Mitza endures in those couple of years from the birth of her daughter until Einstein decided to marry her are so heart wrenching that you wish to jump in the book and beat the shit out this man. He NEVER sees his beautiful daughter. I understand that back then, a child out of wedlock what a BIG no-no. But if he truly, loved and cared for Dollie as he said then wouldn’t he at least try to do something for this woman he wants to marry? Yes, is the answer all other answers are wrong.

The progression of their relationship is heart wrenching. I hated Albert Einstein so much at the end of this book I couldn’t believe that he was such a renowned scientist. Which according to this novel, he stole the success and brilliance of his works from his genius wife. Was he a genius in the book as well, yes he was. But he stole her works all because she didn’t have a degree to her name like he did. Because she had.a.baby. I was so livid the last few chapters of the book. The way he treated Mitza made me furious. I think meeting Madame Curie did Mitza a world of good. It made her wake up from whatever awful nightmare she had been having.

It’s always nice to read a book about a strong woman. Even if it takes her some time to realize her own strength. Mitza was a brilliant, strong, funny woman who deserved more than was given in this book. I really enjoyed learning things from this work of fiction. It made me learn because I wanted to know the truth versus this novel. A book that inspires learning is a good book indeed.

4 out of 5 stars. Why not 5? I think my hatred for Albert E just is so BIG that I have to give it a 4. It made me really look at him in a new light (yes, I know it’s a work of fitction but still).

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Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

About (Goodreads)

From Julie Murphy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’ and Side Effects May Vary, comes another fearless heroine, Ramona Blue, in a gorgeously evocative novel about family, friendship, and how sometimes love can be more fluid than you first think. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Morgan Matson.

Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever.

Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever.

The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.

My Thoughts
I loved this book so much! I’m a big fan of Julie Murphy. Not only because her books are fun and unique, but also because of the Mississippi aspect. Mississippi, my home. When I find a book, or series, set in Mississippi I buy it, read it as fast as possible and then recommend it to anyone who will listen. Ramona Blue is a book that will go at the top of my Mississippi books list.

Set in Eulogy, MS Ramona Blue is a unique person. Tall with blue hair. Everyone knows who Ramona is. She’s hard to miss. In backwoods MS, being a super tall, dyed blue hair lesbian is something that wouldn’t go unnoticed. She knows who she is and isn’t ashamed. But things take a sharp turn when her childhood friend comes back to town. Ramona starts to question who she is and if she’s gay, straight, or bi.

I loved Ramona! She’s a strong, female character that I love reading about. I would for sure read another book about her adventures in college (hint hint lol). What I couldn’t get passed, was that she felt like her family and all their problems were her responsibility. She’s 17 and living like she’s 30. Working as many jobs as she can and worrying about who’s going to take care of her sister’s baby. Her sister is a whole other piece of work. Her sister is pregnant and selfish. I could not stand her. I really hoped she’d move away or something. I just can’t with her.

I was SO FREAKING HAPPY with the ending of this book. I know we all know people who deserve goodness in their lives. Ramona is one of those people. I know she’s a fictional character but seriously, the shit this child goes through is way more than most adults go through. Her dad works his ass off but still doesn’t make enough so Ramona and her sister pitch in. But somehow, Ramona has become the backbone of the family. Almost like she had to take the role of wife, or the other adult, so the family could eat, live, breathe. It broke my heart. She’s so young and no child should have to work harder than their parent to make lives better for those in the same house. Which I know kids do, but the world shouldn’t work that way. Her mom is also a POS (piece of shit), her sister and mom get along…wonder why (hmm).

Freddie comes along and Ramona’s whole world gets shook. I really like Freddie and Ramona together. They challenge each other, learn from each other, make each other better. Just like a relationship should. It’s nice to see how Murphy makes worlds collide, especially in a setting like MS. A white girl and black boy. Lesbian with a straight boy. It’s something only a creative, out of the box person could write.

I like that Ramona finally gets it. Her sister choosing her loser baby daddy over her finally breaks Ramona. And she decides to take her life into own hands. It’s great. I cheered for her! I was so proud of her for getting it.

It’s a great book to read. It explores sexuality, race, social classes, and life in general. It’s a refreshing story about a girl trying to find herself.

5 out of 5 stars!

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

About
A vulnerable young girl wins a dream assignment on a big-time New York fashion magazine and finds herself plunged into a nightmare. An autobiographical account of Sylvia Plath’s own mental breakdown and suicide attempt, THE BELL JAR is more than a confessional novel, it is a comic but painful statement of what happens to a woman’s aspirations in a society that refuses to take them seriously…a society that expects electroshock to cure the despair of a sensitive, questioning young artist whose search for identity becomes a terrifying descent toward madness.

My Thoughts
Going into reading this book, I knew that it was an autobiographical account of Plath’s own life. I also was supposed to have read this book in high school but I didn’t. I think I decided to because 1. everyone tells me how great it is, 2. I was curious, 3. I know what’s it like to be in a pit of depression.

It took me 2 weeks to read this book. Let me explain to you why. It depressed me even more than I already was. The anxiety it created in reading made my head spin. I HAD to stop reading, break it apart into small readings because it was so sad and yes, depressing. The decent into darkness and hopelessness that Esther goes through is something I, thankfully, haven’t experienced. Her cycle from normal to suicidal was almost instant in reading. Confusing to me as a reader as to how it went from good to so so awful so quickly. I’ve never been so down, so low, so dark that I want to commit suicide, those thoughts have never entered my mind. I’m a blessed person for that. Reading this book made me hurt so much for Esther, for Sylvia. The pain that she feels, you can feel it seeping off the page like the ink is trying to sink into you and explain the pain and hurt that she felt. They both feel in that book.

I don’t think mental health is something discussed enough. I think that’s a taboo subject that people stow away and try to hide from. Which isn’t good. People often have this mind set that depression, anxiety, and suicide are something that can go away if the person really wants it to but I’m afraid you’re wrong. In my case, I will say that I don’t like to talk about when I’m depressed or low. I just devour books, my the case load. I can’t get enough. Escape is my ultimate helper. And books have always helped me heal. I don’t know if I’ve ever told anyone that. Books help me heal when my heart, head, or both are hurting.

Do I think this is a good book? Absolutely. There’s no doubt in my mind that is a book that people should read. It shows a part of mental health that most people don’t see. Especially the scenes with electric shock therapy that was used a lot back then.

Recommend? Yes. But I would say that this book could be a trigger for anyone who has thought about, attempted, or been affected by suicide. It’s a great book to discuss mental health though and would be a good high school/college recommended read.

I will say that my rating will be one of those that’s lower just because of how I explained it took me a while to read because of how depressing the book is.

3 out of 5 stars.

Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

About (From Goodreads)

“Sometimes the greatest things are the most embarrassing.” Ellen Degeneres’ winning, upbeat candor has made her show one of the most popular, resilient and honored daytime shows on the air. (To date, it has won no fewer than 31 Emmys.) Seriously… I’m Kidding, Degeneres’ first book in eight years, brings us up to date about the life of a kindhearted woman who bowed out of American Idol because she didn’t want to be mean. Lively; hilarious; often sweetly poignant.

My Thoughts

First off, what’s not to love about Ellen DeGeneres? I mean she’s such a wonderful, giving, loving person and kind too. Not to mention hilarious.

I actually listened to this book because Ellen reads it herself and I feel like when the actual person reads their own book, it just makes sense to hear them read their story. I made the right call. She makes it hilarious and her inflection and pauses make the book much better than if you were trying to read her humor yourself.

She answers questions about her life, she shares some wisdom and she makes you laugh. All things you want from someone’s story. I do think listening to this book is the way to go because Ellen makes the book come to life and you get her humor better as she’s saying. It’s like a very long monologue before her show. But more personal. But I did have to relisten to a few parts because some of it was just there for the comedic feel of the book and you get lost in the comedy that you don’t hear the details of her life. So you can get bogged down in her humor that the good, feel- good, personal parts may go unnoticed.

I do recommend this book though. To everyone. Because it’s such a feel-good, humorous read.

4 out of 5 stars.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

About (from Goodreads)

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

My Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of YA. A good majority of what I read is young adult. For some reason, I’m drawn to love stories. Maybe because I never dated in high school (probably, no shrink needed for that one). I believe in true love. I believe in love at first sight. I should, I knew I’d marry my husband when I met him. No lie. So, when I came across this book, I knew I needed to read it.

First off, love the name Hadley. It’s unique and pretty. I find it interesting that most books you read portray the child whose mother or father is getting remarried as not knowing the person very well therefore it’s okay for them not to like said person. Maybe that’s how remarriage works. I don’t know really. I’m blessed that my parents are still together so I never had to find this out. (If anyone wants to tell me otherwise, please leave a comment and let me know- a nice comment, not a rude one. I ain’t got time for rude asses. I have kids for that.)

Back to the book (my bad)…

Hadley is going to London to attend the wedding of her father to his new bride. And Hadley is not wanting to go. I think, if memory serves, she wants to miss her flight, or take a later one so she ends up missing it altogether. Sounds like a teenager. But then she sees the boy, meets the boy. Oliver. She’s infatuated from the start. They’re on the same flight. They talk, fall asleep, talk some more. She finds out he’s going home for his dad. But he doesn’t specify for what. She tells him all about her life, her dad, and why she dislikes the soon to be stepmom.

They arrive at the airport and in the midst of the chaos that is airports, they lose each other. After some other stories, and emotions, they see each other again.

It’s definitely about more than just love and teens. It’s about family and being there. And so much more. For a story that takes place in a span of 24 hours, it’s really good and fast paced and tells more in 24 hours than some books do that last a span of a few weeks (you know what I’m talking about).

5 out of 5 stars! Give it a read!

A Court of Mist and Fury ( A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

About (from Goodreads)

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Thoughts (spoilers)

I cannot believe that I didn’t immedietly review this book. Because, while I may always hold a torch for Sirius Black, the amount of love and respect and just ‘god i wish he were real life’ for Rhysand is so much. He is what men should be alllll about. My heart, y’all.

So let me tell ya what happens, (it’s been a few months since I devoured this book so I may leave out some important deets so that means you just NEED TO READ THIS BOOK FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! IT”S THE BEST!)

Feyre and Tamlin are set to get married. The thing that bothered me most about this is that Feyre let someone else, some other woman, plan her wedding. Her whole wedding. The most glorious day of your life- and she let some bitch plan the whole thing. She was so not interested in the details I wanted to smack the crap out of her and be like, look girl, something is clearly NOT Right if you don’t care. And then she was just so complacent about sex with Tamlin too. Like, yep, that’s how it happens- he keeps me out of the loop of every.thing. and then he comes at me like a wolf and I just bend to him…some girls, I swear.

On their wedding day, Feyre is just screaming for someone to save her. And who saves her but, Rhysand. This man. Thinking about him, ooh yes!! He saves her from what I can only assume would be awful, jealous, and eventual loveless marriage. He saves her because they have the connection of the tattoo on her arm. So he pops up and takes her to his castle in the Night Court. Just imagine how pissed off Tamlin is for a moment, won’t you? Super PISSED.

I think what makes you fall for Rhysand is even though he’s this supposed awful, ruthless man, he’s gentle at heart. And he’s NOTHING like Tamlin. From the very start, he only wants Feyre to be happy. No matter what that is. And all the effort he puts into showing her that’s all he wants, is so sweet. Simple, and sweet. Their conversing is natural, energetic, and flirtatious- simply delicious. Whereas in the beginning with Tamlin you could definitely get a sense their relationship was forced, breaking, and superficial.

Being hunted by Tamlin at every turn. Feyre and Rhysand are training her to learn all about her powers so she can defend herself and those she loves. They get to put her powers to the test a few times. Narrowly missing being shot…narrowly missing being taken back to Tamlin. Then things get truly difficult. But not before Feyre figures out who she is truly meant to be with, who her life mate is. And the reader gets to finally be like, “Geez Feyre! took you long enough, you stupid girl.” I’ll prepare you, it’s the man you fall in love with while reading.

Read this book please. Well, read the first one then read this one. I swear to goodness you won’t be disappointed. And be warned, Rhysand will ruin all mortal men for you.

XOXO

M.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith & Jane Austen

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Subtitle: The Classic Regency Romance-Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—& the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty & arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—& even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism & thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

My Thoughts
I really enjoyed this book! I was admittedly hesitant when it comes to revamping the classics but this was surprisingly amazing and added to the story. I mean, Zombies are great alone but added with the wit and charm of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy, it makes it SO much and interesting.
Elizabeth is a force to be reckoned with in the classic story, but with the added zombies, she is just pure bad ass. I mean, her wit, individuality, humor, and sass is just twice as much with her added ninja skills to kill zombies.
I know some people are hesitant to read this book because again, it’s a classic, but it’s so great! You won’t be disappointed. I will say, that it may take a couple chapters to really get into it. It’s also written in the conversational type of that era so if you haven’t read the original P&P then the writing may be hard to follow and the flow may take some time to get used to.

4.5 stars out of 5! 1/2 star deducted because it took me a long time to read because of I don’t read a lot of books with the older speaking. BUT, it’s such a great read!

 

Room by Emma Donoghue

About
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

My Thoughts
I found this book a little hard to get into at first. I think it took about 3 or 4 chapters to decide whether or not I would finish it or just say ‘I tried’. I did finish it. The POV from the 5 year old Jack makes it a tough read at first. As bad as it makes me sound, I found it hard to get into because of the POV. It was a tad confusing and made me think something was seriously wrong with him. It takes a while to understand that he has a limited view of the world- which his world is his Room. But the way it’s all written, it just makes you REALLY think about what’s going on and what he’s saying. As it goes along, you begin to understand that something isn’t right with him or his mom’s life. And then, like punch to the stomach, you realize they live in that Room and it’s because they were kidnapped and held hostage. The more you hear the story, the more angry you become with Old Nick and the more you wonder how she lived so long and why she would want to keep the child of her captor but really, how could she not. As a mother, I understand how she can keep him and hide him so this monster can’t ever see or touch Jack. There is judgement but once you see the WHOLE picture and learn how young she is and was when she was captured then you just have tears in your eyes and it’s hard to keep them from falling. I can’t imagine anything like this. So even though the Ma isn’t that smart, as you can tell from what she taught her son, she comes up with a great and very smart plan of getting them out. And it works.

The overwhelming part that I felt was when they did get rescued and they’re out in the world and Jack just doesn’t understand anything. I mean he’s been in such a small Room for so long that his understanding of the real world, of Outside, is hard to take in for him. It breaks your heart. But really, what can you expect from a 5 yr old who has only known one person his whole life. And who just recently learned that Outside is real and not just something he sees on the tv.

It may take some time to get into the book but it’s a good read. It may take a few days to read because of the subject matter but it’s worth the time.

Now time to watch the movie!

4 out of 5 stars!

More Than This by Patrick Ness (possible spoilers)

About

From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life — or perhaps afterlife — of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this…

My Thoughts

I’ll be honest, I was a little bit hesitant at first to continue to read this book because I didn’t really get into it until halfway through. BUT, I kept reading and I’m glad I did. It’s a good book. If you’ve ever seen Bruce Willis’ 2009 movie, Surrogates, then you can imagine what this book is about.

It’s not your usual death by suicide Young Adult book. It’s something MORE. Much more. It’s an interesting twist on a surrealist, dystopian-type of world. Seth is the main focus/character of this world and you follow him through him figuring out what in the hell is going on. In flashbacks (which I mostly hate when books do the whole flashback stuff but in this case, he’s getting his memory back so it fit the scenario), you understand how Seth became to be in this ‘world that not’s a world’ it’s more of a hell because it’s certainly no heaven. Seth wakes up, nude with only a few bandages covering him. As his head starts to clear, he remembers what happened and why it happened. He tried to commit suicide because of pictures that went around with a friend of his. Then he woke up here- wherever here is. He’s not sure what this place is, only that it resembles the small house he grew up in when he was younger in England. Before what happened to his brother took place, before his brother became everything to his parents, especially his mom. Before he tried to kill himself.

Seth starts to search for food, water, and clothes. He starts to wander outside and finds a little store where he loads up on canned foods. One day while out, he runs into a couple more kids. That’s when they all start putting together what is REALLY happening. This world, is the real world and the world they thought was real is only what they want them to see. Seth and his friends figure out that there are people hooked up to machines that control their “world” and everything they think is real. There’s also a man, who’s the Keeper of the people, who tries to capture them in order to put them back in their coffins for hook-up to the world.
This is where it kinda lost me- he wants to hook them up in order for them to go back to the world where they died…yeah, that makes sense. But then you find out, that Seth’s brother really died and they brought him back so his parents could deal easier with his death- it wasn’t him in the he’s brought back to life but more of a figment that people can interact with but his smarts aren’t there, he grows but his mental age stays the same as when he died. (yeah, it took me forever to analyze this book to understand it cause I’m pretty sure Ness’s whole point was to confuse you with this idea). So you have ‘Them’ who control this and the Keeper who takes care of these people in their hooked up coffins in the prison, and you just are supposed to accept the fact that this world we live in is something better than if we were really awake in a wasteland of nothing that resembles hell. The way they try and save the world is unbelievable and just doesn’t make sense. I mean this book will give you headache from all the thinking you have to do to keep up. It’s an emotional roller coaster of WTF & OMG, with a little bit of sadness and happiness thrown in.

I liked this book but I had to wrap my head around the whole idea for a while. I don’t think I fully understood the whole idea until after I finished reading the book, put it down, and started to actually really think about what Patrick Ness was saying. It’s an interesting take on death, life, and the in-between but confusing. The ending was disappointing to me as well.

Even though I told you what sort of, kind of, happens- you need to read the book to fully understand what is going on. There’s so much vivid detail in the book that reading it is the only way to make sense of what I’m saying.

4 out of 5 stars.

M