I think that the positive really did outweigh the negative in this story. Yes it is a sad story, and yes it swears a lot, but I thought it was a good book and was worth it to read it. When bad things happen, like when pretty much everyone Liesel knew got blown to smithereens, there can still be light after all the shadow and bad. I did not enjoy all the swearing, and the sadness was, well, sad. Mr. Green chose a good book for us to read, and I think that he should keep doing this book for Popular Literature.
Source: Archenemies, by Marissa Meyer, page 400
Context: “Soon she was standing outside a little-used back entrance to Renegade Headquarters, where deliveries were made and foreign dignitaries were brought inside when they were worried the tourists and journalists would make too much fuss over them.”
In their words: It means a person considered to be important because of high rank or office.
Source: Archenemies, by Marissa Meyer, page 232
Context: “‘Or anti-prodigy zealots who would love to get their hands on a kid who can wipe out superpowers,’ added Adrian.”
In their words: The word zealot means a person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals.
Source: Archenemies, by Marissa Meyer, page 217
Context: “Adrian was both nervous and exhausted as he reached the mezzanine floor over the main lobby of headquarters.”
In their words: The word mezzanine means a low story between two others in a building, typically between the ground and first floors.
Source: Archenemies, by Marissa Meyer, page 243
Quote: “The more he read, the more he understood how this design could protect someone from forces that would seek to weaken him or her.”
Context: Adrian now has this amulet that has amazing powers to protect you from ill effects. He has been researching it to know its powers because he wants to use it to get to his brother, who has magical abilities so you can’t get close to him.
This makes me think: Reading can give you knowledge and insight on things of life, and other things. He wants to know things that are good to help others. When you want to learn something with ill intent, then it is bad. But when you want to learn something for good then it is a good purpose. Knowledge has power and can be very important, as well as being good or bad.
In the Book Thief , Liesel reads an allegory about a girl, seeds, trees, and words. My interpretation of this story is that words are powerful and can have many different meanings. Her words don’t defeat the Nazis but create a path for those who aren’t completely joined up with the Nazis. Her words help others even after the Nazis topple her tree. Words can continue ever since they left your mouth/brain. Words can cause many effects and consequences. When you care for, seek for, and use words you can wield them with great power and inspiration. With consequences to your words, use words wisely.
Source: Archenemies, by Marissa Meyer, page 101
Quote: “There were still consequences. There were always consequences, no matter which side she was on.”
Context: She is visiting her fellow anarchists, and she feels like there is nothing wrong or bad about them and their ideals.
This makes me think: Sometimes we feel so comfortable that you feel there are no consequences for your actions, good or bad. One example is drugs. You feel happy, but not the right kind of happiness, then you go to jail, suffer from sickness, lose connections, etc., etc. Sometimes we need to just think about what consequences there could be for our actions. Consequences aren’t always bad, there are good consequences too. There will always be consequences for your actions. We need to think and see what will have good effects and bad effects. Another example is not cleaning your room. You may have some time right then, but the mess in your room will get bigger, and bigger.