Book Review #2.3 – Brian’s Winter

Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulson

134 pages/Realistic Fiction/ 3.7 out of 5

How it starts: This book leaves off right before Brian gets the transmitter, this is an alternate ending of the story. Brian is in an Airplane heading to Canada from his mom’s he is going by himself riding as the co-pilot. The pilot suddenly has a heart attack over the Canadian highlands Brian manages to bring the plane down onto the woods landing in a lake with a hard landing. He ends up stranded alone in the woodlands with just a hatchet. It is winter now though and Brian has a whole new array of problems.

How it gets complicated: Brian is just started to settle in and understanding how it works and trying to get home. But then it hits fast and hard, winter. This makes Brian almost have to start over in his progress.

What I liked: I liked how it was a different ending because I didn’t really like the other ending of the book. I thought this one made a lot more sense. Besides that though I like the same things I did in the other book.

What I disliked: I disliked how he survived because I’m pretty sure that any 13 year old would probably die. Let alone one that has never made his own fire or used a hatchet. I think he should have died eventually even though he did good he should have died.

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to almost anyone because even if they aren’t really into like survival or stuff it’s still really good and not all like that it has other stuff too.

Not Being Seen

  1. Connor wants to be seen but not as a lump of nothing because nobody talks to him or looks at him he feels completely alone
  2. Connor is pushing away the one person that sees him AKA Lily but he pushes her away because she is the one who made everyone not see him anymore. I think he hates her for that and that is why he pushes her away
  3. I think that Connor would feel better to be punished because it would make people see him as a normal person not just someone that everyone should feel bad for
  4. I think that the monster represents the cancer and Connor is like his mom and he is almost slowly being overtook by this monster.

Deep Thinker #2.4

Source: UnSouled by Neal Shusterman page 295

Quote: However, the manner of his death–that cold-blooded execution on Starkey’s dictorial order—was far more wrong than it was right. It reeked of cruelty rather than justice.

Context: Hayden is thinking back to when he was held captive by the juvies and how Mason Starkey freed him. He was taken out and told to murder somebody to clear his name. Although he said know Starkey had somebody else kill the man and he dropped meaningless this again shows how heartless Starkey is to people.

What This Makes Me Think: I am not sure why Hayden thought of this of all things at the time. He was with the runaways trying to keep them alive and he thinks of this. Maybe because Starkey is with them but I don’t know why he keeps thinking about the man they killed a lot.

Guam Marines support, share island’s 69th Liberation celebration

Deep Thinker #2.3

Source: UnSouled by Neal Shusterman page 281

Quote: “He can’t now about Cam,” Una says. “The Tahi’nes must never know about Wil’s hands. It will destroy them.” The way it destroyed you? Connor wants to say, but instead he just says, “Understood.”

Context: The guy that is made out of other peoples parts Cam has the hands of Wil. Wil is part of an Indian reservation and he got killed and taken for his hands that could play the guitar very well. Una is or actually was Wil’s fiance but he died and was destroyed by finding out that Cam had his hands. That is why Connor thinks his thought

What this makes me think: This makes me wonder what I would do if I found someone with my lovers hands. I think that I would be okay with it because at least they’re using the gifts of those hands or etc. Then again I’m not sure maybe I would have a meltdown and loose it like Una did.

Deep Thinker #2.2

Source: UnSouled by Neal Shusterman page 236

Quote: The pop isn’t loud it’s just a pop like a single stray firecracker Menard crumples,dead before he hits the ground”

Context: Mason Starkey attacks a harvest camp with the rest of the storked kids. They kill all of the guards sacrificing some kids. At the end of the attack he takes the camp director out and tells a kid to shoot him in the head.

What This Makes Me Think: This makes me think that Mason Starkey only cares about his reputation and his power. He shows how meaningless everyone else is to him and that nobody will get in his way.

Guam Marines support, share island’s 69th Liberation celebration

Say What #2.15 – Vendicated

Source: UnSouled by Neal Shusterman page 221

Context: But instead he feels vindicated

In Their Words:

1.

to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like:

to vindicate someone’s honor.
2.

to afford justification for; justify:

Subsequent events vindicated his policy.
3.

to uphold or justify by argument or evidence:

to vindicate a claim.
4.

to assert, maintain, or defend (a right, cause, etc.) against opposition.
5.

to claim for oneself or another.
6.

Roman and Civil Law. to regain possession, under claim of title of property through legal procedure, or to assert one’s right to possession.
7.

to get revenge for; avenge.
8.

Obsolete. to deliver from; liberate.
9.

Obsolete. to punish.
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/vindicate?s=t
In Pictures:
In My Words: To be justified

Say What #2.14 – Atonal

Source: UnSouled by Neal Shusterman page 220

Context: His chords sound atonal and random.

In Their Words:

1.

absence of or disregard for an established musical key in a composition
2.

the principles of composition embodying this and providing a radical alternative to the diatonic system
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/atonality

In Pictures:

In My Words: A song or rhythm that doesn’t use one consistent chord or key

Say What #2.13 – Sleaze

Source: UnSouled by Neal Shusterman page 168

Context: Sleaze number three takes this as a que to exit.

In Their Words:

1.

a contemptible or vulgar person.
2.

a shabby or slovenly person.
3.

sleazy quality, character, or atmosphere; shoddiness; vulgarity.
4.

sleazy behavior, content, appearance, or the like.
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/sleaze?s=t
In Pictures:
In My Words: A bum

Say What #2.12 – vitrolic

Source: UnSouled by Neal Shusterman page 168

Context: A vitriolic burst of curses that sound increasingly impotent.

In Their Words:

1.

Chemistry. any of certain metallic sulfates of glassy appearance, as copper sulfate or blue vitriol, iron sulfate or green vitriol, zinc sulfate or white vitriol, etc.
2.

oil of vitriol; sulfuric acid.
3.
something highly caustic or severe in effect, as criticism.
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/vitriol
In Pictures:
In My Words: Intense or evil

Say What #2.11 – Impotant

Source: UnSouled by Neal Shusterman page 168

Context: A vitrolic burst of curses that sound increasingly impotent.

In Their Words:

1.

not potent; lacking power or ability.
2.

utterly unable (to do something).
3.

without force or effectiveness.
4.

lacking bodily strength or physically helpless.
7.

Obsolete. without restraint.
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/impotent?s=t
In Pictures:
In My Words: Powerless or lack of strength
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