Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review: BOMB

BOMB by Steve Sheinkin

“Bomb: The Race to Build -and Steal- The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon” by Steve Sheinkin is a non-fiction book about the events surrounding the development of the atomic bomb. The book goes back and forth between the development of the bomb and the efforts of Russian spies to steal the plans. Intermingled in these two major plots are glimpses of the Norwegian resistance and their efforts to prevent Germany from building their own bomb.

Review: Everyday

Everyday by David Levithan

What would it be like to wake up in a different body everyday? Would you like getting a glimpse into the lives of many different people? Would you long to stay in one place? Moving from one body to another is not a hypothetical question for A. It is A’s life.

A is 16 years old, and therefore only inhabits the bodies of 16 year olds. A is does not identify as being a boy or girl, but takes on the gender of the body s/he is inhabiting for the day. A is fine with this, and through the years has learned how to live inside someone without disrupting that person’s life. Until A meets Rhiannon and falls in love.

Rhiannon is the only person A can think about. Instead of making the day of the person whose body s/he is in habiting as normal as possible, A spend his/her days traveling to see Rhiannon and convince her, and him/herself that a relationship is possible. Soon, though, A loses track of things and messes with the life of the wrong boy. A no longer feels safe, and finds out that s/he might not be alone.

This book is engaging from the first page to the last. I could not put it down, and had to know what happens to A. Does A find a way to make it work with Rhiannon, or get over her? Or maybe A falls in love with someone else. It was easy to identify with A, and I enjoyed reading about the world through this unique lense. The only thing I wanted more of was the other beings that were like A. The plot introduces readers to a “Bad” one, but what about another “good” one? And how did A come into existence, anyway?

I liked Everyday and felt like I couldn’t read fast enough to find out what comes next. At the end, though, I still had many questions that were left unanswered. Sequel, please?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013