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The themes in Salt to the Sea make me re-examine my understanding of the world. In the book, symbols of how their life is going to go leads their life in a certain direction. This makes me realize how some lives are fate, and some are destiny. Joana, one of the main characters, life is just fate, what ever happens happens. But Emilia, another one of the main characters, her life was shown by an event in her life. Emilia went to a flower wreath gathering with some of the older girls when she was younger. The wreath gathering is were you made a wreath of flowers and sent it down the river with a candle, and what ever boy at the end of the river got your wreath, that was who you were to marry. Emilia followed her wreath down the river, but it got caught in something under the current. The candle then tipped and started to but the wreath. Emilia was alone, watching her wreath burn. It was almost like Emilia's life was playing out in front of her. When Emilia got older and coincidentally met paths with others, she was able to get aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff. As the Russians send torpedoes toward the ship, every one got on life boats. When Emilia was alone on one of the last life boats, she watched as her destiny played out. She was alone, watching the sinking ship sink. Emilia makes me question whether my life will be fate or destiny, and when it will lay out.
the theme in The Death Cure made me re-examine the world. in the dystopian novel the theme is about making the right choice and wether it will affect anyone. this made me realize that some people have a hard time making decisions and they don't know if it will affect someone they know. Thomas, who is the main character leads a whole group of boys and never has a plan in mind. sometimes he has to make decisions that will affect his friends and everyone else. Teresa, who is another main character had made a decision by joining an organization named WICKED hoping to find a cure to a disease called the Flare. Thomas and the other characters were affected by this and think that teresa had betrayed them. a lot of sacrifices came in to play in this book because of the decision someone had made. Thomas makes me question that if I make an important decision in my life, it might affect the people around me.
the theme in the court of thorns and roses made me re-examine the world. The theme is that you have to pay a price if you do something that you shouldn't do. this made me realize that doing something that you didn't intend to do can make you pay a price. Feyre is a human girl who is poor and hunts for food. she one day found a wolf that was bigger than an average wolf. she had made the wrong decision of killing it and selling it. one day a wolf the same size came and attacked Feyre's family. she had to pay the price by going with the wolf and living with the wolf forever. the wolf turned out to be a person also known as a high fae. Feyre has to face some challenges as well as challenges that will cost her life. she has to pay a big price because of what she's done in the past. Feyre makes me question that if I make a bad mistake in my life, it might mean that I have to pay a price to fix that mistake.
the theme in the book a court of mist and fury made me re-examine the world. the theme is about betrayal to people whom Feyre loves and is friends with. this made me realize that there is a lot of betrayal that goes on in our world. Feyre has made a deal with a character named Rhysand. there deal was that feyre had to spend a week with rhysand once a month. in the book Feyre had made a decision to betray someone and stay with the one she loves. she has to make a hard decision between two people. Feyre makes me question that if I betray something that I was promised not to break, it would mean that it would affect the person I made the promise with, but it would also affect me.
The theme in Uglies by Scott Westerfeld makes me examine my understanding of the world. In the dystopian literature, the theme is about choosing others vs egoistic choices (choices regarding yourself). This choice made me rethink the value of friendship vs appearance, and how people would do anything for themselves vs helping the ones in need. I believe that this is wrong because some people should think more about the needs of others instead of their personal ones, this is what happened in the book. Tally, the main character, is the one making the choice between friendship and becoming pretty. Shay had run away because she didn't what to become pretty. When Tally eventually finds Shay and is about to bring him back to Uglyvile, she meets David; when David introduces Tally to his parent, his parents share a secret with Tally that will change her perspective of being pretty. The choices that Tally makes, make me think about how everything is not granted and how you have to make difficult and life changing choices throughout your life.
The theme in Treasure Hunters, by James Patterson, help me re-examine the day understanding of the real world. In the book, the four kids lose there family and travel around the world looking for clues to find them. The makes me realize that some family’s are perfect and have each other, while others have there kids looking for there parents
The two twins, Beck and Bick, get into many fights and what there parents call them,” Twin Tirades.” This makes me questions because how lucky I am to not a twin, even though I got into little fight with my little brother. Beck and Bick’s fights are major! But only lasts minutes.
The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket is the first book I read this summer. This novel is about three siblings who are orphans, and their terribly unfortunate lives have led them to a fictional place called the Mortmain Mountains, where they are separated upon arrival. They try to rescue the youngest sibling, Sunny Baudelaire, from the clutches of the villain, Count Olaf, but in the process realize that maybe they are not as noble as they first thought, because of some of their plans and actions. In other words, nobody is just one type of person. Everyone is a chef's salad, the different ingredients being characteristics and choices. So, the theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because it shows me that even if someone seems noble (or wicked) at first glance, they most likely come with the opposite trait as well. The characters who cause me to question something about my own life are the three main characters: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. Starting in this part of the series, the orphans begin to realize that it is near impossible to find out if someone is noble or wicked, just by glancing at them. So, they make me question whether there is more to people I dislike, than their seemingly defining characteristic.
The novel, The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket, is about Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, the three orphans. The main setting is under the water on a submarine called the Qeequeg, upon which they journey to an underwater cave that has deadly mushrooms and a crucial object. The theme is that family always comes first and can often influence many choices we make. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world by realizing that a strange or rash choice someone makes may in fact be driven by their passion for a family member. It is important to keep this re-examination in our minds because it frees us from judgments. A character from this novel who causes me to question something about my own life, is Fernald Widdershins. At the beginning of the series, he works for the evil Count Olaf, but in this novel, he runs away to join his sister Fiona (who is the daughter of Captain Widdershins of the Qeequeg). Fiona is mostly against Count Olaf. Fernald makes me question what I would do if a family member turned against me: would they join me, or would I be forced to join them?
In Four, a Divergent book by Veronica Roth, the main character, Four, has to navigate his way through initiation. The majority of this book is set in the Dauntless compound and starts in the Abnegation quarters. This book focusses mostly on freewill and fighting for what you believe in. This is because Four was a transfer from one faction to another, which is looked down upon especially in Abnegation. Four did not feel comfortable in Abnegation and would not fit in with any other faction because of who he was and issues with his family. Four therefore picked a new faction and started a life without his horrid family. When Four is asked to state his opinion on the factions, he does not want to share his opinion because he looks down upon other factions, such as Erudite, and fights for what he believes in. This makes me look at my understand of the world because in many places around the world people hold riots and stand up for what they believe in. They also use these riots to protest and bring attention to what they believe in. It also makes people look at what they are fighting for. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because riots are usually put on the news and make the government think about the laws that they have put in place. Riots are ways to publicize what you believe in and make others look at that position as well.
Eric, one of the other initiates in Fours group, wants to be on top. Eric was undefeated in the battles and wanted to be number one on the board. Eric is not nice to Four because he knows that Four is doing just as good as he is in battles and fear landscapes. Eric makes me wonder about my life, and my future because I wonder if it will be this competitive getting into college. Not only that, but I wonder if other girls are this competitive when they are trying out for a sports team. I tried out for competitive cheer and there was a cut off for volleyball as well. There were a lot of girls that wanted to do better than others and that wanted to be number one just for the satisfaction. I wonder if these girls could possibly end up being friendly with me, just like Four and Eric eventually were during other transfers initiations.
In The Fever Code by James Dashner the main character, Thomas, is forced to abandon his own name. Taken away from his family and stripped of his name, Thomas is forced to join WICKED and work with them to put his only friends in an unsolvable maze. Thomas must create, engineer, and survive the maze bigger than the WICKED complex itself. The main idea is that not everyone is treated equal. This is because Thomas and his best friend, Teresa, help to build the maze that the subjects have to enter. Even though they make some of the most important features of the maze, Thomas and Teresa get none of the information that the others have. Thomas and Teresa are not treated the same as the workers and are often lied to by the other employees. This shows that even thought Thomas and his friend do a lot of the work, but they are not treated equal and are not given the information that they need and want.
Minho, one of the friends that Thomas makes while wandering the halls of WICKED, tries to escape the complex. He gets caught and has suffer a punishment that Thomas must watch. Minho tells his friends when he plans to escape, and while he tells them, he explains how he thinks that WICKED is like a prison. When Minho talks about how the WICKED complex is like prison, then ties to escape, it makes me think about how some criminals are escaping jail and how some are attacking schools. This makes me realize how many kids learning is affected by terrorist attacks. Thinking about this makes me wonder if I will ever have to experience one.
In the novel Thirteen by Lauren Myracle, the main character Winnie has just turned thirteen. she realizes that her mother has been acting weirdly as well as her boyfriend. she has to go through a lot of drama with her best friends. The main idea is that becoming 13 means that you have a bigger responsibility than when you were younger. Winnie has been left out in a lot of things and she feels like she can't help anyone if they don't tell her whats going on. this makes me think that people are hiding more secrets when they are older so that no one can hurt them. thinking about this makes me wonder if drama will pop up more often the older you get.
In the novel The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, The main character Jason has forgotten who he was because his memories are gone. he makes friends with two other characters, Leo and Piper. later on during a field trip Jason realizes he has a power to defeat monsters. he found this out when he was attacked by one during the field trip. the leader had risked his life to save the three friends. They are later retrieved by people who are known as half bloods. camp half blood is a camp where kids who are born from a god or goddess are trained to fight and are protected by the monsters. The main idea is that the camp was created to protect the children of the gods and goddesses. they are split up from the rest of the world in order to keep the world safe and so that no humans are affected by these kids. this basically means that half bloods are treated differently than an average human. later in the story the three main characters find out which god or goddess the belonged to. jason's parent was a big shock to all the campers on the camp. this shows that whoever the parents are to the child shows how important they are in the camp and to the monsters. Annabeth who is percy's girlfriend tells the three teenagers that percy had went missing and that she wants to search for him. the three friends go on an adventure to find Percy Jackson. this makes me wonder if people who are different are always split up from other people.
In Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti, the main character Ethan (a.k.a. SCAM) lives in a normal neighborhood. But unlike other teenagers his age, he has powers. That don't always come in handy. Scam and a couple of the other Zeroes (kids with "powers") try to blend in. But when there is a robbery at the bank and Scam messes up, he and his friends have to find a way to help him and protect their powers. The main theme of this book is that everyone makes mistakes because even though Scam makes the most mistakes out of the group, they all do things that land them in trouble. This makes me wonder, because the bank robbers are part of a family, if there are really a lot of people out in the world that would do that. There are plenty of robberies and families that need the money to live, but would all of them rob a bank to get just what they wanted. It is understandable that there are families that need the money, but committing a crime and going to jail, is it worth it?
Kelsie, one of the Zeroes, makes me wonder how different some families are. Her Mother died and her Father is a criminal. She has special powers and can not always control them. Kelsie makes me wonder if families that have a divorce go through as much as Kelsie did. I have met a lot of people who's parents are divorced and even have a couple of friends that suffer a family divorce. Kelsie makes me feel empathy towards the people who have a complicated relationship with their families and don't have a way of fixing it.
The novel, The Penultimate Peril, by Lemony Snicket, is about Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire and the chapter of their life which takes place in the Hotel Denouement, on a mission for a secret organization called V.F.D. As a part of their mission, they must be disguised as concierges and examine who is noble and who is wicked. Along the way, they meet many of their former guardians and are able to learn more about them in ways that lead to a powerful theme: Even though someone is noble they usually care about themselves just as much as a wicked person would. This theme helps me re-examine my understanding of the world because it reminds me that people will first think what's best for them, before they think what's best for a friend (or for anyone else, really). This is important to realize because it helps one remember that some choices that people make are often not to offend one (in other words: "It's nothing personal). Furthermore, a character who causes me to question something about my own life is Jerome Squalor, one of the Baudelaire's guardians. In the novel in which he played a significant role, he left the Baudelaires to be taken away to another guardian by Mr. Poe, the banker in charge of the Baudelaire fortune. In The Penultimate Peril, Jerome Squalor comes back as an injustice expert, and means to help the orphans because he felt so bad about letting the children be whisked away. All because he wanted to protect himself from all the villains. Jerome Squalor makes me question whether people in my own life are noble enough to do that. But he also makes me question whether technology and other factors have gone so far, that people really only do care about themselves, and so wouldn't be able to commit an action even remotely similar to what Jerome Squalor did.
The theme of the Crossover by Kwame Alexander is family. This is a huge theme in the book because when Chuck Bell (father of JB and Josh) passed away both boys JB and Josh felt like they needed each other. There relationship broke when Josh got jealous of JB and threw a basketball at JB’s nose. Josh instantly knew that there friendship was gonna be broken after that. At the end of the book both JB and Josh needed each other so they decided it was the right thing to get a new loving friendship with each other. This book really shows how relationships can affect people. When JB got a girlfriend Josh felt all alone and lonely because his dad couldn’t play basketball with him due to his sickness. Josh considerd his brother his bestfriend and when JB stopped playing as much basketball as Josh and spending more time with Alexis it made Josh frustrated. Josh also showed jealousy when he threw the ball really hard at JB’s face. There’s many things i learned about friendships and relationships and how it affects people. Josh reminded me of myself because I used to have a really good friend that we used to do everything toegether until he broke his leg and arm. He was out for awhile and we started to lose touch because he couldn’t do all the stuff we used to do. Overall the Crossover really shows a lot of life lessons and shows how much you need your family in certain times.
The theme of the book The Seventh Most Important Thing is loss of family. In this book the main character Arthur lost his dad when he was only 5 years old. With this hard loss, he had to take his dad's responsibility. Later on in the book, he was thinking about his father which caused Arthur to throw a brick and the Junk man. Arthur ended up going to jail and ending up in the court. He had to work 120 hours for the Junk Man. With all of this relating to their family death, this at the same time caused a lot of problems. Now that his father was dead, it was Arthur's responsibility to put up the Christmas tree and do all of his father's chores. After Arthur's 120 working hours were over, everything was calm until the next day. The next day, Arthur found himself rushing over the the Junk Man in his garage. Arthur saw him laying on the hard metal floor while it was hard for him to breathe. This shows that when you have a family member loss, it will be really hard to move on from it.
The final novel in A Series of Unfortunate Events is The End, by Lemony Snicket. In this chapter of the Baudelaire orphans' history, they end up shipwrecked on a coastal shelf, and are then welcomed into an island colony nearby. The island's facilitator, Ishmael, has worked hard to keep the colony safe from the treachery of the outside world, by keeping everything as simple as possible. However, in the process, Ishmael helps lead the reader to an important theme: EVERYONE has secrets, whether they be good or bad and most always, many secrets lead the way to a problem of any kind. This theme makes me re-examine my understanding of the world, because it sheds light onto the theory that maybe many of the worlds largest complications (corruption, murder, and even bullying) are the cause of people keeping dangerous secrets, that are eventually found out by others. This is similar to the many secrets that Ishmael and the Baudelaires kept, about forbidden items they were hiding, and these secrets almost led the people of the island to a schism. Ishmael is also the one who leads me to question something about my own life. He makes me question whether friends and family don't tell me things because they want to "...keep me from the treachery of the world..." (page 230) or simply because they don't trust or want to tell me.
In the novel, Gone by Michael Grant, the main character Sam Temple lives alone with his mother holding the big secret that no one except him knows. He has the power. One minute all the teachers, grow ups, parents, and anyone over 14 were there. The next they are gone- vanished without a trace. Now Sam and his best friend Quinn have to overcome the many troubles of only children, no adults, and destructive pretend leaders. Sides are being chosen and kids are dying. Sam must choose to help save everyone. But, he isn't the only one with the power. More kids have it too. The theme of the book is being good in all the bad, results into conflict with the good and bad characters. This makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because most good people are always shamed from the bad people. I have realized that almost all conflicts are started from assumptions. If people would just talk to one another instead of assuming things then maybe there wouldn't be so much conflict and corruption. If Sam and the pretend leaders had talked to each other and stopped assuming things then maybe some of the other children might not have dyed.
In Pretties Scott Westerfeld,Tally has to pick to forget what the danger of being pretty is, otherwise she is risking her life. The theme in this dystopian novel is about danger. remembering the danger of being pretty , and at the same time she is risking her life, because the authorities wont let anyone with that kind of information survive. This theme make me re-examine my understanding of the world because it shows how many people are risking their life's for what they believe is right to know. Tally who is the main character risks to save Zane. Zane is affected be the "diseases " that is transmitted to pretties. These risks that tally takes make me think of how people support each other through difficult times.
In the boy in the striped pajamas by John boyne, you learn about how life can be different between two different people in the 1930’s-1940’s. John boyne writes about the life’s between 2 boy, one being locked away in a prison camp and the other being free. Despite their living conditions the two boys became friends. This can relate to the real world, people today judge people based on their appearance. I feel like this relates to the boy in the striped pajamas because today society cares about how you look and how you dress, some people can’t afford nicer clothes which puts those kids in a lower social class, but kids that can afford more expensive clothes are put more in a higher social class. It’s crazy to think that one thing you can’t control defines who you are. In the dot in the striped pajamas, one of the boys where Jewish so he was put in a concentration camp, but the other boy wasn’t Jewish you he was free. Even though that’s something that they couldn’t control they still had to be treated differently.
In the book, Fray by Joss Whedon, the main character Melahka Fray has no more family and no real home. She spends her life stealing from people to sell things and get money. The problem is she doesn't know that she is a relative of the protectors of people. Fray then has to fight the demons to protect humanity and save everyone that she cares about. The main character Fray makes me question things such as when people seal from banks, I know its bad but what if they do it so they can feed their family. Fray stole to get money and pay for a little girl's medicine because the girl was dying and no one cared. She makes me think maybe people have to do bad things sometimes to fix some wrong things. Even if they are breaking the law.
Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling, is the last book of the seven books in this series. In this book, Harry is whisked away from his childhood house by people who are willing to take any chances in protecting him from the Dark Lord. As he stays with his friends and co family, he grows tiresome of waiting for his chance to look for horcruxs, fragments of Voldemort's soul which are the key to defeating him. Destroying them would mean that Voldemort would weaken and die. As Harry, Hermione, and Ron receive mysterious items from Dumbledore from his will, they leave everyone with no explanation as to where they are going. This part was important because they are now on their own. As they search for horcruxs, Harry learns bits about the Dumbledore he thought he knew and grows angry at himself for believing he knew everything about him. As Ron disbands the group, Harry and Hermione are left to deal with strands of clues and leads that can help them. As Ron rejoins the group, they move closer to finding the last horcruxs, the place where it all started for Voldemort, his home, Hogwarts. Harry and his friends join together to defeat Voldemort. They learned and they grew their knowledge of the wizarding world and the people in it. I think that the theme I found in the book is very important. The theme is that no matter how old you are or where you came from or what could be holding you back, you stick to what you believe in and you fight for what you believe in. This could be applied to every person in this story good and bad. I think that J.K. Rowling made a very good theme that could help a lot of people to be stronger, even if people say that they can't do anything to help and make a difference in the world because of where they come from or who they are. This helps me re-imagine the world and help me think that anyone can become anything no matter how old you are or who you are, it just matters what your going to do.
The Fault in our Stars, written by John Green, is about two cancer fighters named Hazel Grace and August Waters who fall madly in love and spend their last days together learning all about the misfortunes that life has to offer. I was able to question a lot about my life from Hazel and Gus's traumatic and exuberant experiences. First, Hazel helped me realize that not everything in life is like a bubble, and certainly not like the bubble most of us live in. She showed that the universe can be cruel and kind, but that you should fight for it. You don't get many choices in life, but if you have something close to you that you love and can hold onto, the fight is worth it. Hazel was isolated her whole life, felt as if she had no worth in the world, and worst of all, she viewed herself as a grenade that could explode at any moment killing the hearts of the people closest to her. But when she met Augustus Waters, he revealed the cruel excitements in life that are amazing but could be lost in a second. He helped her live every day she had, and to make the most of it. From Gus, she was able to explore the infinities of life, and how one infinity, like the countless decimals between 1 and 100, may be bigger than other infinities like the decimals between 1 and 2. And while she wanted more numbers than she was going to get in her life, she thought that Gus gave her an infinity beyond infinites only in a number of days before he died. So what I am able to question in my own life is that no matter how much smaller your infinity with the world is than another by numbers, that doesn't mean your forever with someone should be smaller. You can always make your life great, which is better than what most people get. This relates to my own life because now instead of holding hesitation about how I live my days, I know that my infinity in life is as good as anyone else's as long as I am up for living it to the fullest.
In the story Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen, is about a boy named Roy who moves to California and gets bullied on the bus for multiple days and then he realized that even though the bully was older and larger than him, he punched them in the face. It ended up breaking their the bully's nose and they each got suspended for a few days. Then throughout the story Roy meets a boy who does not tell his name starts to vandalize and he keeps getting away from everything and he is very suspicious. The theme of the story makes me realize that some kids are bad and do criminal stuff and that is bad because they can get in a lot of trouble. None of these characters seem like me because I do not bully people or have anything to do with criminals.
The fantasy novel, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, written by
J. K. Rowling, helps the reader re-examine their understanding of the world. Two themes in Harry Potter are to always help one another out, and the idea of injustice. In today's world, life is filled with inequality. To this day people are underestimated, or judged by their race and/or gender, much like in this Harry Potter novel. Lord Voldemort, the antagonist who has been defeated by Harry Potter many times in the past, and once lost all power for eleven years, has come back from the “dead” and is more powerful than ever. However, he isn’t targeting to kill just any witch or wizard, but ‘mudbloods’ in particular. This means he targets wizards having little to no wizaring ancestry, because he believes that the ‘muggles’ stole magic blood to become a witch or wizard and Voldemort thinks they don’t deserve to have magical abilities. Wizarding world and today's world alike, share the the same idea of inequality. Leaving the reader seeing that even in a world of magic and fantasy, there is still injustice towards a group of people, causing all this trouble. The reader re-examines their world seeing that if our world would see one another as equals, then almost all problems would be solved. Just like in this novel, Harry and his professor, Dumbledore, work together and plan a way to take down the Dark Lord. Both Harry and Dumbledore believe that what the Dark Lord is doing is wrong. This provides more evidence towards the themes, because they are working together to end the injustice. This helps the reader re-examine their understanding of today's world.
Forgot to add my last sentence to the conclusion-
"This helps the reader re-examine their understanding of today's world, because they can see that working together can make a difference."
The fantasy novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, written by J. K. Rowling, has themes of friendship and that one can accomplish more if you work together. In this book, Harry and his friends, Ron and Hermione leave Hogwarts: School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to carry out Dumbledore’s plan. The three friends are to destroy all of Lord Voldemort's horcruxes, which store pieces of his soul, making him immortal. This plan being very dangerous, leaves Harry’s friend, Ron, doubtful it is even possible, so he leaves, Harry and Hermione are not successful without Ron. But, in the end, he came back to help out, renewing the theme of friendship, and they discover that they are more successful when they worked together. But this ‘friendship’ theme isn’t just with Harry and his friends. The novel has an anti-Voldemort side and a pro-Voldemort side. The Anti-Voldemort side includes members of the Order of Phoenix and members of Dumbledore’s Army, a secret school Defense Against the Dark Arts Club. These organizations all help fight against Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Death Eaters are on Voldemort's side and also are anti-mudblood. Going along with the theme, without Harry’s friends, and the other who are anti-Voldemort, he would not have been able to carry out this mission, or defeat the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters. All of the character who fought against Voldemort and his Death Eaters risked their lives to end evil. Their bravery left me think about whether or not me and my friends would be brave enough to do the same.
The theme of a “Long Walk to Water” is that teamwork conquers your challenges. In the book, Salva and his parents are separated due to the army raiding their town. Salva and A group of boys and girls start to walk to a refugee camp in the neighboring country. This reminded me of how many children get separated during wars and controversial acts of the government. I learned a lot from this book about the South Sudan war. Salva made me question my self about how strong my mental state is. Salva saw and experienced many terrible things, such as Marial getting eaten by a lion. In the end, Salva and the group of boys persevered and conquered the challenge of reaching the refugee camp.
In the novel, The Maze Runner, by James Dashner,a teenage boy named Thomas wakes up and finds himself in a dark box with no memory of his past life, traveling to his doom. When the Box opens, he meets other boys about the same age as his with no memory either. He soon finds that he is in the middle of a deadly maze, the Glade, with terrifying creatures on the outside that watch, kill, and change people if Stung. With some new friends that won't give him any answers on how he got here and why any of them are here. The leader, Alby, who has been there for 2 years, tells him what he needs to know about the Maze and how things work. He finds nothing to answer his burning questions. As he learns little by little, he grows the urge to become a Runner, the people that go into the Maze to find a way out. But the number one rule is that no one besides the runners can go into the Maze. When Alby and his other friend, a Runner named Minoh, receives urgent news to go into the maze, they get stuck out there with the doors closing. Thomas, over come by the urge to save his friends, dashes out into the Maze. When he finds out that he has meet his demise, he figures out a way to trick the Grievers, the creatures, by tricking them to fall over the edge of a cliff. When he gets out, he is promoted to a runner but after that, things start to go haywire. A girl has come up from the Box for the first time and carrying an ominous message saying that she is The End. Then the supplies stop coming and the sky goes gray and the doors will not close. As they prepare for night fall the girl wakes up saying that she remembers Thomas from her past and says a way to get out of the Maze. As Alby goes through the Changing and decides he does not want to go back home so Newt, Thomas's friend leads them down their way out, they reach a lab that becomes invaded by people that bring them to a place to stay and explain what has happened while they were gone. This book was very good and helped me re-examine the world. It gave me a view of what it would be like to have your memory taken from you and placed somewhere where it seems like there would be no way out. It may not be very realistic but a close comparison of that would be getting kidnapped and brought to a whole other place and you have no clue where you are. I feel like this happens to quite a few people and this book taught me about what must be going through their mind and what would happen to me. The theme of this book is that no matter how lost you seem, you can always move forward to overcome the obstacle in your way. This is a great theme because it helps me persevere through many obstacles big and small. Like the kidnapping as a big one or just with the small things like homework and making it through school on a subject I am just learning about. It shows me that I can be lost at some points but I can find out my solution if I don't give up.
In the book Plague by Michael Grant, one of the main characters Caine Temple, had a plan to take over the FAYZ. The FAYZ meaning the phase in their time where there were no grownups and only adults. He had a plan to become king and take the leadership away from his brother Sam. But something troubling has happened. There are these nasty blue bugs that are making people sick and killing them. The illness is spreading. Caine, Diana, Sam, and Astrid have doubts that they will survive the FAYZ. Theme of the novel is never give up on who you love or what you believe in. I think this because Sam and Caine both hated each other but they soon learned they couldn't give up hope on each other. People were dying and Sam and Caine needed to help. The theme of the book makes me re-examine my understanding of the world because lots if people give up on what they love or believe in. But, if people learned to stop hating and start doing what made them believe or have love then that's what the world needs.
In the book The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott, two teenagers are pulled into the world of alchemy and necromancy. Said to be the twins in The Book of Abraham the Mage (a book of alchemy and wizardry), they must have their powers awakened and learn to defend themselves and the whole world. The twins are pulled into Hekate's (the goddess with three faces) realm. But there are more setbacks to come. Dr. John Dee, a necromancer, is working with the Dark Elders to bring them back . To do so, he must steel the book Nicholas Flamel has been hiding for years and either take or kill one of the twins. The theme of this book is that power comes with a great cost. This is because when the twins are awakened of their magical powers, they not only have to learn to control it, but to use it for good. Alchemy is very strong magic in this book and can easily be used wrong. If practiced by the wrong people, the whole world could be destroyed. This theme makes me look at the social pyramid, or in the US, the government. The twins, Sophie and Josh, make me think about how sometimes being a twin is really hard, especially with power involved. It also makes me notice, when their powers are awakened, how distant they become. I wonder if they become more distant because of the prophecy or just because of the new ability to control the five elements (fire, water, earth, air, and time).
In the dystopian novel, The Compound by S.A. Bodeen, Eli and his family were led to believe by his father that there was going to be nuclear attack. He also told them that the only way to survive was to live in an elaborate underground compound built for them. While being transported to the compound, Eli and his father are separated from his twin brother and grandmother. When Eli is in the shelter, he learns that his brother and grandmother didn’t make it. Eli became angry at his father for not waiting longer for the rest of his family before closing the compound door. Eli’s father (Rex) believes he had no choice but to save himself, Eli, his sisters and mother. This part of the story made me question my life and the world because, would I do what Rex did and sacrifice members of my family in order to save others? While thinking about it, I would do all I could to save all of my family but who knows in extreme circumstances what one is forced to do and to make that difficult decision.
In addition, Eli later learns that the whole idea of a nuclear attack was just a social experiment and he had wasted six years of his life isolated from the real world. He also figures out that his father was creating clones of him and his sisters in order to use them as a food source. While reading this, I wondered what I would do in an extreme survival case like that. I can’t imagine I could ever eat another human being. Overall, Eli’s family was tested to the limits in the underground compound and had to make split second decisions in order to survive and carry out their dystopian lives.
In the book Booked by Kwame Alexander, the theme of this book is when life brings you down you have to get back up. I think this because when Nick was "drowning" he had many mentors helping swim and keep his head above water. Mr. Mac, Nick's school librarian was one of his mentors that helped him get his head above water. Mr. Mac visited Nick when he was in the ER for a broken ankle and surgery on his appendix. Mr. Mac was a good mentor to Nick because he gave Nick a lot of motivating talks. For example; "Nick, the river is always turning and bending, you never know where it is going to go and where you will wind up. Follow the bend."
In Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti, the Zeroes (a group of teenagers with special but not helpful super powers) have completed their mission. With Scam (A.K.A. Ethan) out of questioning from the police and with Kelsie to help the group out, they thought they had completed their mission. But when two more Zeroes come to Cambria, they warn the others of a dangerous guy hunting Zeroes down, manipulating them to work with him. The group must find a way to either get rid of the evil Zero, or flee him. Their main problem is that he hunts by groups of Zeroes and uses their fear as his power. They must split up or come up with a plan to get him out of Cambria and away from others like them. The theme of this book is that friendship is more important than anything. This is because the six Zeroes must stick together to defeat this new enemy. When Nate (Glorious Leader) realizes that he remembers Anon (Anonymous or Nothing), a guy with the powers to cut connections and become nearly invisible to others, they realize that they actually want to get to know each other and that they might be more alike than they think. Also, when something unfortunate happens to Davey (a fellow Zero fleeing from Swarm, the bad guy) and Craig (the security guard for their illegal nightclub A.K.A. their practice space), they all bond because they had to go through it together. Nate and Anon, Anonymous and Glorious Leader, in the beginning, think that they are opposites. With the power to disappear and the power to bring attention to you, they seam like unlikely friends, but at the end of the book, Nate and Anon realize that they are not so different anymore and that they might have the same power after all.
In the biography, Elon Musk & The Quest For A Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk is shown as an inspiration to many entrepreneurs and has proven to be a real world Tony Stark. Through his many companies like Tesla, SpaceX, Solar City, PayPal and more, he has been able to revolutionize and break boundaries with his technological ideas and advancements. While achieving these successes, he has experienced many failures but his drive to pursue his dreams of a better world only made him more motivated to achieve what he had set out to do. Musk’s concern about the future of the planet due to global warming, pollution and other human factors has motivated him to look at alternative solutions. One of his main goals of life is to continue humankind for many generations to come and has even suggested the colonization of Mars. Some people feel that his ideas are unrealistic and unreachable and some think he is ‘crazy’. However, he has proven people wrong with the release of SpaceX’s first vertical landing rocket, the release of Tesla’s self driving feature on their cars, and the introduction of the Hyperloop that will revolutionize transportation. Musk wants to inspire young people to be creative and to find solutions to solve many of the world's problems. Before reading this biography, I was concerned what the future would hold for my generation and future generations to come. After reading about Musk’s ideas, inventions, successes and failures, I feel hopeful that there will be more people like Elon Musk who will continue his legacy of innovation and creativity. Musk has caused me to question how I can help benefit the world in a positive way. Not everyone can be a Elon musk but if we all contribute in some way, large or small, we can all make a difference in the world.