Monthly Archives: July 2013

Unwind by Neil Shusterman ~ A Review

Unwind  4.5 Stars



This is one book that will stay with me for a long time.  Great ethical brain-scratching how sick can a society get plot. Right up there with A Handmaid’s Tale dystopia read. A disturbing but fascinating read.

I’m was very surprised that this is aimed and marketed as Young Adult because there are some very heavy issues discussed.   Bravo and Kudos for starting the discussion early.

The plot of this book is that abortion is illegal; all children are born and wanted, but a parent can decide when their child is between the ages of 13-18 to unwind them.

Imagine being alive for 13 years and then being “unwound” (sacrificed/killed) because you are not up to society’s standards or you are brought into existence knowing that your parents have made the decision to have you “unwound” later in life as an ultimate sacrifice to help society, through the donation of your organs.

Pro-choice vs. Pro-life has come to a compromise.

I may actually up this to 5 stars once my head and heart has some distance from this book.

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What Makes You Abandon A Book?

Reprinted from Goodreads Blog:


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Sarah Addison Allen’s New Cover Reveal

One of my favorite authors is Sarah Addison Allen.  SarahAddisonAllen

Her books are magical and special.  SarahAddisonAllenbookcovers4

Allen has a new book, Lost Lake,  being released February 11, 2014.  Fans of hers have been waiting a long time for this one; 3 years.  3 very long years.

Enthusiasm and speculation for the cover of Lost Lake had grown so much that on July 5th St. Martin’s Press decided to create a Flock to Unlock for readers on Goodreads.   The goal was  if 500 people added LOST LAKE to their “to-read” shelf, St. Martin’s Press would agree to release the cover early!

The response was overwhelming, with over 1500 people marking the yet-to-be-released-until-next-year book onto their reading shelves, within 3 days of the announcement.

So…St Martin’s Press kept their word.


Isn’t it absolutely stunning!


Sarah Allen Addison writes: Here are a few fun facts about the cover:

*The cover is an original drawing by Rosie Sanders. She is a renowned botanical artist known for her work with apples, which is strangely appropriate, especially for those fans of the apple-thowing tree in Garden Spells.

*This is my first book without a person on the cover.

*The foliage is all native to southern Georgia, where the book is set.

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Genesis by Bernard Beckett ~ A Review

Genesis  5 Stars

WTF!! (What the Future!)

A philosophy book based on the future, rooted in Aristotle, Plato’s Republic and Socratic thoughts.
The Original Sin is revealed at the end … and I’m not telling you what it is.


A brilliant and chilling dystopia for a new generation in the tradition of Brave New World.

“‘Explain to us why you wish to enter The Academy.’”

Anaximander, a young Academy candidate, is put through a gruelling exam. Her special subject: the life of Adam Forde, her long-dead hero.

It’s late in the 21st century and the island Republic has emerged from a ruined, plague-ridden world, its citizens safe, but not free, and living in complete isolation from outside contact. Approaching planes are gunned down, refugees shot on sight.

Until a man named Adam Forde rescued a girl from the sea.

“Anaximander, we have asked you to consider why it is you would like to join the Academy. Is your answer ready?”

To answer that question, Anaximander must struggle with everything she has ever known about herself and her beloved Republic’s history, the nature of being human, of being conscious, and even what it means to have a soul.

And when everything has been laid bare, she must confront the Republic’s last great secret, her own surprising link to Adam Forde, and the horrifying truth about her world.

My Thoughts

This book had so many wonderful thought-idea-provoking passages that it surely going on my physical bookshelf at home. I got a copy from the library for this read, but this is one book I know I will go back to many times.


(How can I go back to fluff reads after reading a novel of this magnitude?…)

A small novel, but very powerful; it left my jaw dropping at the end of the story; I didn’t see the ending coming in this one.

This book had so many wonderful thought-idea-provoking passages. Worth the read, just for the surprise. Lots of food-for-thought, philosophy-style. Very short, interesting book, with an intriguing format.

Which came first, the mind or the idea of the mind? Have you never wondered? They arrived together. The mind is an idea. ~Genesis

In the end, living is defined by dying ~Genesis

Help us all on this path of evolution.

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Try This for Your Next Reading Adventure

Not sure what to read next?  Try this for some new inspiration.

Choose one of your favorite authors. Enter the author’s name into the Literature Map.

Literature Map is part of the gnod engine which helps people find similar tastes in books, music, and movies. Thank you to Marek Gibney for creating this imaginative website.

For the first book:
• Option 1 – If you are feeling adventurous – choose an author that appears on the literature map that you have not read before and try them out by reading one of their books.
• Option 2 – If you are feeling a little adventurous but don’t want to take it too far – choose an author that appears on the literature map that you have read before and read a new to you book from that author.
• Option 3 – If you want to go with the tried and true – choose an author that appears on the literature map that you have read before and re-read an old favorite.

Want more to this challenge?

Read a 2nd book following the directions below.

Are you up for it?  Sure you are!

For the second book:
• Option A – If you liked your first book – read another book by that author.
• Option B – If you liked the first book but don’t want to read another book by the same author – Go back to the beginning and enter the author of the first book you read into the literature map and select from the previous 1, 2, or 3 Options.

Come back here and let us all know how the machine worked for you and what your choice(s) are.

Have Fun and happy Reading!

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