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The Unidentified by Rae Mariz

The UnidentifiedThe Unidentified by Rae Mariz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Following along my dystopian kick, I picked this one up after hearing someone discuss it at the ICFA in Orlando. I thought the concept was spot on and it had a combination feel of Monica Hughes’ Invitation to the Game, MT Anderson’s Feed and So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld.

Rampant consumerism, consumerized education, branded styles, trendsetters and cool hunters, popularity and technology all surround apathetic Kid who is more concerned with making music and just getting by than trying to get noticed by sponsors and get branded. But after she witnesses a disturbing stunt, she starts to do some research. She stumbles upon the UnIdentified–a group committed to staying below the controlling technology and constant feed access of the Game. But Kid has been noticed now, and she stumbles onto something more than a bunch of teenaged rebels.

An interesting read, and some interesting characters. Overall I enjoyed the story arc and the world building, noticing that the focus on the microcosm of the futuristic high school kept the story quote controlled and not overwhelming in regards to world building. However, I was disappointed that the novel ended where it did…it felt sudden and unsatisfying. Realistic, yes, but I would have like a few ends to be tied up. It seems that this might continue into a trilogy, though I don’t think the existing story has enough momentum to do so. So, we’ll see.

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Wow. This was a great read! due out in February, Oliver creates a dystopia free of the disease of love. Each chapter is headed with quotes from the government-issued texts regarding science and religion (which have become one and the same), pamphlets on “The Cure” and the dangers of love.

The confined societies harks to a Hunger Games/Uglies-esque, divided communities. Strangely, at 18 all citizens receive the cure, ridding them of the ability to love; yet all citizens are “matched” with a mate and raise a nuclear family, living in the same house, maintaining a routine. Citizens are closely monitored, the fences electrified and no one allowed in or out. Excessive laughter, singing, hugging, coddling of children is looked down upon as manifested symptoms of the disease.

Olivier brings an interesting concept by painting love as a disease: increased heart rate, flushing, distraction, delusions, sweaty palms, sometimes faint, inability to focus, difficulty breathing, bouts of crying and depression, shirking responsibilities…It sounds legitimate, yet her descriptions aptly describe first love.

In a world where “Romeo and Juliet” is a cautionary tale, how does the main character cope with her deceased mother, who could not be cured despite three attempts…if she gets the cure, her memories will be gone….yet so will the pain. And there is also a boy…

The strength of the novel is the world building. Some of the character’s narration is choppy and needs further development to feel more authentic. But overall this book presents a fascinating concept and follows it through to the end.

Books that are similar:

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • Feed by MT Anderson
  • Uglies Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld
  • Skinned by Wasserman

Books that I am going to read over break:

  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • Evolution’s darling by Scott Westerfeld
  • Polymorph by Scott Westerfeld
  • Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • Boy Toy by Lyga
  • This Book is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson

Books I HAVE ro read over break:

  • The Outsiders
  • I’ll Get There. It Better be Worth the Trip.
  • Jacob Have I Loved
  • Annie on My Mind
  • The Language of Goldfish
  • The Planet of Junior Brown
  • The Friends
  • Annie John
  • Remembering the Good Times
  • A Separate Peace
  • House on Mango Street
  • (and some more)

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79 is the 2009 Number


I am gearing up for my 2009 Retrospective look at books, but it is a time consuming task and I have not committed the block of time necessary to complete it as of yet. I think it shall be forthcoming on Thursday.

However, my friends, I did complete 79 books in 2009, which is well about my yearly average of 55 books. I know that I can thank Crit for this, having had to read 2-3 books a week was a great way to end my year reading. Speaking of that delightful class, I did earn myself an A-, of which I am incredibly proud. All of my hard work did not go to waste.

I started reading MT Anderson’s “Feed” upon Lauren’s request, and it is quite good so far. It shall be my read of choice for today. I am also in the process of reading “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” (which is not really holding my attentions) and “Magician’s Elephant” by Kate DiCamillo–which incidentally has such delightful prose that reading it is pure joy.

Well now, for now, I am out. You shall get the run down very shortly!


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