Source: Never Fade, Alexandra Bracken, page 29
Quote: “Have a lovely HECKING meal,” she said in her sweetest voice, but the fury that radiated off Vida’s form cut through the air between us and closed around my neck like a fist. Like a promise.”
(It didn’t actually say hecking ;c )
Context: Vida hates Ruby, which makes it difficult to lead her-you can’t lead someone who hates you/thinks they’re better than you.
This Makes Me Think: I have no idea how Ruby doesn’t get into a fight with her. If it were me, I would probably have already thrown a punch or something because I’ve never met anyone who is as rude as Vida, but if I did, I would be in trouble. I sort of wish the main character of this book was more hot-headed. It’s a great note for me because a lot of the time, main characters don’t have any personalities. I would have loved to see Ruby start a fight, so in my writing, I should make sure that people have limits.
Source: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, page 29
Quote: “I will tear you to shreds before you hurt her again.”
“You don’t know anything about me,” I said, feeling her anger in a way I didn’t expect.
“I know everything I need to,” Vida spat out, “I know what you are. We all do.”
Context: Ruby’s new partner in the children’s league is yelling at her for making it difficult on Cate to capture her into the league, because it apparently made her sad. Vida loves Cate like an adoptive mother.
This Makes Me Think: In the situation where you’re sort of captured just for the ones you care about, do you think you’d have the patience and energy to actually cooperate and deal with those who don’t and won’t like you because you’re powerful? I don’t think I’d be able to, just not being able to deal with extremely rude people because I am the rude person and they aren’t supposed to mix.
Source: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, page 36
Quote: “I felt myself lean closer to her, a rushing stream of thoughts filtering through her mind.”
Context: Ruby is currently slipping into a state of mind-reading, because she is an orange she can read memories. She can control people, and I believe she can read thoughts.
This Makes Me Think: If you could read the minds of people, would you? I can definitely say I would because I’m not a liar. I bet I would altar thoughts and memories if I saw it necessary and if not, I’d just read through it. It’s really terrifying to think about someone else having this ability though because they could ruin so many people’s lives. Later in the book, another orange character uses his ability to make Ruby think her partner is someone she wasn’t, and vise versa for the partner, and they were close to killing one another. That. Is. Horrifying.
So in monster calls, we have been reading about Conor, the walking contradiction. Conor wants to be ignored and then he wants to be seen. I feel at the beginning Conor wanted to be noticed less and less and as we near towards the end of the book (and perhaps Conor’s mum’s life) he needs more and more reassurance that he isn’t being ignored, and he doesn’t care how he gets it. Conor wants to be seen as a normal person and everyone ignores him because Conor is apart of an awkward equation. However, with this being true, Conor will do almost anything at this point to be noticed because he thirsts for normality. Conor pushes people like Lily away because he feels that they’ve wronged him in some way, and he doesn’t like it. I think Conor’s gram-mama is making a mistake by SUCKING SO BADLY and just not letting him see his mom because it is evident that she is going to die, Conor might not have lashed out in school if he had more mommy and me time, and seriously grammamy it is his dying mother let him see her.
What I Read:
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, 482 pages, FIVE/FIVE STARS (yeet)
How it starts: Ruby has been captured by the Children’s League and after the first book’s events has willingly agreed to go along with them. She gets placed into a team of other colors, almost completing the set having missing a red. She has an issue with one of her teammates and she finds that she is taking the place of an old Orange, and the things they had him do isn’t exactly what she had thought she’d be doing.
How it gets complicated: Ruby and Vida get sent on an operation to take back a prisoner (which is surprising because you’re not supposed to go back for anyone in the league), and she discovers that she actually has a much bigger connection to this prisoner than she ever could have wanted.
What I liked: I really enjoyed the story and the characters, and the way it was written was just flawless. I love the way the author describes these things and situations that happen, because this is fiction, but she makes it seem like it’s a normal thing that I have full comprehension of. Alexandra Bracken is a great writer and this is a great book.
What I disliked: Honestly, not much I had that I disliked. It was a bit slow-paced at times, but I always felt like paying attention to it. I’m impatient so I didn’t love those parts, but I never really disliked this book at any point.
Recommendation: If you like Michael Vey with actual good writing (fight me) and character flaws, this is for you. It is a cliche kids with powers on the run from the government, but it feels more like a classic to me.
The monster talks about how belief is in important and stands idly by while a man’s life gets ruined because he threw out his beliefs. I think this is overall unfair because maybe he didn’t, maybe he was lying and would continue preaching his beliefs after his daughters were healed. How was he supposed to know this wise man’s tale of the yew tree? The parson’s whole family died most likely after their house being wrecked, and then think of all the people who died without the parson preaching hope to them, think of those who gave up without someone to lead and to guide them. I do not think anyone should ever be punished on behalf of their beliefs and what they do with them, as long as it isn’t harming anyone. I do think the parson should’ve given the apothecary the yew tree wood, but I also think the apothecary should have been nicer to people. Everyone has mistakes made and flaws present, and you can’t kill a whole family because a man loved his daughters enough to either give up his beliefs in the public eye or just lie.
The entire point of the monster telling Conor this story WAS TO TEACH A LESSON-the lesson that the truth is not always fair, and that everything is never black and white and good and bad. While he may not be teaching niceness, he is definitely teaching Conor to take into consideration the reality of things, and that it is never fair, is never a perfect happy ending, and that sacrifices are made and even are often unnecessary. The Monster contradicts itself, being a sentient entity himself, while his lesson is that there is no lesson. Or rather, the lesson is that real truth is not always based off of ideal morals and perfect ethics. We tell ethical stories to tell our children so we can paint a fake world for them where everyone is night and day, and that the good side will always win. I tell stories for the purpose of enjoying it, for the purpose of blowing someone’s mind. I hate stories about ethics because no one can tell you that there is a rule for ethics. As that does seep into religion, there’s many different religions, so who’s to say? I like stories about differently individuals with different morals and ethics, which is what the monster gave Conor.
What I Read: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Sci-Fi, page count 550, I rate 2.5/5.
How it starts: The main character is a girl named Cinder, an adopted cyborg teen who just so happens to be the best mechanic in New Beijing. She lives with her step-mother who mooches off of her and simultaneously hates her, and her two step sisters in which she only cares for one. She wants to get away from her step-mother and live on her own or maybe with her favorite sister, Peony and Cinder’s droid.
How it gets complicated: Her mother obviously just doesn’t want to, something happens with her favorite sister that keeps her from running away, and she would also have to hide money from her mother considering all that she makes goes directly to her mother, and she seemingly gets involved with the Prince of New Beijing.
What I liked: I really enjoyed the technicalities, or at least the mechanical ones, of being in a futuristic utopia. There was some logic that wasn’t all there, but I enjoyed the way it was written. As far as the story goes, I think it’s a creative spin on the classic Cinderella tale.
What I disliked: The only complaint I have about this book is how slow-paced it was at times.
Recommendation: If you like mainstream pop culture and Sci-Fi stories, this is probably something you would enjoy. It is sort of targeted at girls, I can’t exactly explain how I figure, it’s just in the text, but I think if you’re a boy you definitely could take something from this story if you gave it a try. The book isn’t extraordinary, but it definitely is a crowd-pleaser that almost anyone could read and not hate.
Now, I don’t really think I’ve gone through any necessarily appropriate for school blogs bad experiences, but I definitely do have an opinion on how to survive them. As everyone does, because if you’re a human, you have an opinion and it doesn’t matter what it’s on. Anyways, my ‘philosophy’ for getting past difficult events is to focus on me and what I want to do for half of the day, and devote the rest of the time to my family. I do not really live the normal Utah lifestyle that family is your life, but being around them and mourning/dealing together with people who aren’t going to try to trump your sadness or sorrow or tell you that you don’t have it that bad because they’re going through the exact same thing, or they just understand from their perspective can be really healing. Even if you don’t want to tell your family about what’s going on, just devoting a more than small amount of time to hanging out with family can really benefit you if you have at least an average relationship with them.
Character Analyzation: Why Jamie Lanister from Game of Thrones and Luke Skywalker from Star Wars are Essentially the Same Person
(GAME OF THRONES AND STAR WARS SPOILERS BUT I MEAN COME ON)
1. Daddy Issues
They both have some mean dads. Their dads kinda like them but, they’re still kinda off.
Both of their dads have extreme issues about the death of mom. I mean sure your brother already has to be three times as small as everyone else but your dad has an immense hatred for him now too for a death that wasn’t remotely his fault. And then on the darkside of things, you just can’t get over your wife’s death so you have to just make an empire solely fixated on being evil??
Gross Gross Sister:
Although Jamie may have taken it way farther than Luke, they both did some gross things with their sisters. (BAD!)
They both only have one real hand? Poor guys.
They’re both pretty big deals..
Jamie Lanister is the (alleged) father of several kings and a knight, too I guess. He killed the mad king so everyone is pretty chilled for this guy.
Luke Skywalker is the last air bender in space. He’s the jedi, yeah? Important information.
Jamie is meaner than Luke, hands down. Even though they are both, by the book definition, honorable (Sort of, Jamie), Jamie is definitely crueler than Skywalker. I also feel as though Luke isn’t as good as keeping oaths as Jamie.