So she parts ways from her dearest friend with a beautiful, sorrowful final message. Ending their relationship by repeating one of the first lines they ever shared was a brilliant decision. Even though this fic had tons of comedy and light-hearted moments, Mara never let you truly forget what what these characters were up against.
This was the first line of TOSOT that I copied and saved for later; it made me decide this book was good enough to write a blog post about. Simply put, Mara did a great job of never letting you forget the stakes and suffering in this universe.
I especially appreciated how she kept the ending hopeful, but not overly saccharine. DJ was stopped, the kids got back home, and the healed Future Jimmy and Aurora promised to help make the universe a better place. But in spite of all those victories, there were still many sacrifices. For the first third or so of this story, I was rather disappointed in how conflicted the five JN kids seemed.
This book clearly took place after much if not all of the third season of the show, where the JN gang were clearly friends forming on family. There were certainly some nice moments between these two groups, especially between Libby and Sheen, but overall I felt Mara was slacking in this regard. While I still might argue that this book needed just a hint more comraderie between these kids in the first half of the book, there was one scene between them that seriously touched me. Lastly, I think Mara chose the perfect lines for each character during their toast.
They travel through a maze of rooms, and each one assaults them with a different form of emotional torture. The group realizes they have to rely on each other to get through it; if any one of them are strong enough to survive each room they can pull the others through. This whole sequence was riveting, but what really hit me hard was when the group was forced to face the worst of who they were. This links back to my earlier complaint, where I thought that the JN gang as a whole should be closer. But looking back over the story, I actually think that Mara did a really good job.
In return, Jimmy feels he can trust her and asks for him to back up his crazy plan for stopping DJ. Later on, Cindy does choose to side with James. But my favorite moment between these two was a very quick scene after stopping DJ. In two quick lines, everything that these kids have been through and all they feel for each other is summed up. Getting to see what these future visions of the kids actually looked like, as well as the original characters, just plain helps you visualize things better. This was a chapter I was really looking forward to. When I saw this picture at the top of the chapter, I knew that Mara understood what her readers wanted.
I assumed that his first instinct would be to kill himself, and Mara shared that thought. This was a brilliant scene made even better with the inclusion of a chilling drawing. But when the humor landed it was fantastic. It was never bad, it was just never great either.
Ready for book two! I especially appreciated how she kept the ending hopeful, but not overly saccharine. Rebecca Leonard marked it as to-read Jul 30, I love that the author used this book to shed light on something personal to her and bring awareness to kidney disease but I truly felt like it was overdone and it took away from the romance I thought I was going to get out of this book. However, that is NOTHING compared to how this story made me feel because this story is a personal one to the author and you can feel that on each and every page you read, or devour if you are like me!
It got across what it wanted to say simply. Nearly immediately after, he reverted into a cocky jerk. He constantly stroked his own ego and butted heads with Aurora. I found this really hard to understand; he bounced back from feeling awful for committing genocide way too fast. Now to be fair, Sheen is in my opinion definitely the hardest of the JN characters to write for. Misbalance any of those characteristics and all of who he is goes out the window.
It was by no means a deal breaker, but I feel he could have been written a bit stronger. As a whole, I really enjoyed chapter 39, which is where DJ and Aurora begin their final battle. It was filled with startling revelations, well-described action, and a wonderfully tense goodbye between the JN gang as they split up.
Unfortunately, this last battle between Aurora and DJ stretched into chapter 40, and I believe the climax suffered for it. A huge amount of the tension went out the window as I realized that this battle was meant to last a long time; I stopped believing that each punch or energy blast might kill one of the characters. Condensing this final melee into a single chapter and eliminating a lot of the repeating switching of upper hands would have kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
From a writing standpoint, this was a great first draft. In the world of the future, the government has supposedly ensured that vehicles will be safe--no speeding and no accidents. But there are always the young joyriders who will find their way around the laws and restrictions. These young men find that when thy joyride and manage to break the speeding laws one too many times that they are incarcerated--not in prison, but in Traverse Park. In what seems like a speed-demon's paradise, all bets are off.
Hey everyone, and welcome to my fanfic, The Other Side of Tomorrow! Before we get started, there are a few points to attend to: Firstly, I do not. The Other Side of Tomorrow has ratings and 33 reviews. Life can change in an instant For Willa Hansen, this statement couldn't be truer. One minute.
The speeders can go as fast as they want and drive as recklessly as they want. Is it really the freedom from restrictions that it appears? Or is there a more chilling motive behind the speeder's park? In this story humanity has been selecting for super intelligence. However there are always some throwbacks born--"norms" as they are called.
The norms are always at a disadvantage, not just because of their lower intelligence quotient but also because of the restrictions and discrimination that they face. One norm, a poet, rises up as a voice for the oppressed and becomes a Moses for his kind--asking "Pharaoh" the government of the su-norms to build spaceships so he and his people can leave Earth and have place where they can be free.
Will the World Council agree? Or will the norms be second-class citizens forever? As the world prepares to celebrate the onset of the s, a young man faces decisions about his career choice. As he tries to decide between becoming a laser surgeon like his father or a high-paying, high-profile job in communication engineering. The man who is trying to recruit him gets caught up in a plot to cause a revolt at the millennium celebrations and Tommy the young man comes to his rescue Probably the darkest and most chilling of the stories.
A young man who hopes to be a biochemist one day makes a disturbing discovery about the additives in his morning breakfast cereal He soon realizes that the chemicals have been added to allow the population to be controlled. Those in power can't afford for him and others who have discovered various other means of controlling the public--from subliminal messages to a secret organization that runs everything to follow up on his knowledge and so he is quarantined with the other "troublemakers.
Two teen-agers are working on their State Science Fair project when they accidentally produce a powerful laser. Government agents are their way to talk to the boys about their discovery and more sinister agents want to get control of the device. There is also an offer of fame and fortune.
Marty is all for fame and money, but Doug can't stop thinking about what a terrible weapon the laser could become. But there's more to this situation than meets the eye and Doug finds that he's being put to the test. Emelen and his friends have a very small world. They are restricted to four walled areas and are instructed by the Voice. The Voice teaches them everything they need to know and tells them exactly what to do and when to do it.
But Emelen is curious--where does the food they eat come from? How did they get where they are? Why do all of his friends look different different number of hands or eyes or mouths or legs One day he discovers the Others and the world changes. Emelen finds a way to get a whole new world for his friends--and all the people who are like him. Another story of a group of people looking for a paradise away from the over-crowded Earth. These young people are determined to set up a commune on the far-distant planet--a place of love and hope where they will share all they have from food to troubles.
No one will raise a hand against another. A lovely sentiment and a worthy motto to follow. But when they start to settle into their new home they find that their very lives may depend on whether or not they can keep to their lofty goals of peace, love, and harmony. This was first posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Sep 22, J. Hushour rated it it was amazing. He lived in this world--the world of , the world of Mr.
And, if you're like me, chances are you checked it out every goddamn chance you got and devoured it wholesale. Now, decades later, I have found it and re-read it. It's never really left me and it must "Will Cruz did not live in another world. It's never really left me and it must've left some mark on my forebrain somewhere that just kept calling out, demanding a revisitation. Goddamn, this is a fantastic collection. Compiled and published in , it is a true exemplar of how fucking wacky fiction of the time was.
These are by no means light, frolicking space tales for children and it makes me wonder what the editors were thinking. Nathan's was a world devastated by a confluence of disasters natural and man-made where high school kids are taught subliminally through headbands and are then tested to see where in the Orwellian yes, a clear knock off, but that's fine society one might fit.
Space hippies fleeing their commune on Earth settle on a far-flung alien world after stealing a spaceship and attempt to set up an edenic New Age colony based on peace and love except the planet is populated by freakish alien shades who devour fear and hatred. There's actually a couple of stories about poorly-chosen planets to colonize. The core story is "A Bowl of Biskies Makes a Growing Boy" in which a young man in the near-future discovers that there's a suspicious chemical in all foods that is linked to television programming designed by the monolithic government that they use to brainwash people.
This would make a fantastic movie. My personal favorite, which would also make a fine film, is "The Speeders". Speed addicts in the future get sent to an experiment prison slash racetrack where they get to test new experimental cars and drive as maniacally as they want. And kill each other. With the rocket cars.
So much better than the so-called dystopian crap drifting in the literary toilet today. Nathan over the Hunger Games any day. Feb 24, D. This is a book of short stories which involved future dystopias. Very dark for it's time, as Roger Elwood back then released several anthologies that were marketed towards kids, but were scary even for adults. This is the book with "A Bowl Of Biskies makes a Growing Boy," where a bright young kid realizes they are putting addictive drugs into breakfast cereals to control everyone.
Very dark, because of his attempts of withdrawing from it, and the downer ending. Another story from it involved spee This is a book of short stories which involved future dystopias.
Another story from it involved speeding kids. Two of them steal cars and get arrested for a fatal joy ride. To speed as much as they like in a private arena, testing the hottest and fastest cars. But it soon shows that nothing is scarier than letting people destroy themselves. This is rare as hell if you can find it, but if you think the dystopian idea in kidslit is a modern trend, this might surprise you.
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