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Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien

Prized (Birthmarked, #2)Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gaia continues to the Dead Forest to discover that there is civilization outside of the Enclave. Here she discovers information about her family, especially her grandmother and her role in this community. But every community has its problems and Slyum is no exception.

I really enjoyed Birthmarked, but, I loved Prized. It is a rare occurrence that a sequel is better than its initial in a trilogy, but Prized exceeds the standards O’Brien set in her first novel in this trilogy.

This book is exceptionally well-written, with exceptional character development. Gaia’s character evolves further in this novel, suggesting that Birthmarked was only a small glimpse into Gaia’s personality and strength. This dystopia sets up a promising conclusion to the trilogy that will combine the first and the second.

I really cannot say enough about how excellent this book is. So many dystopias miss an aspect–perhaps pushing the society, or a love triangle, but falling flat in some other aspect. While there was a “love square”, O’Brien handled the romantic intrigue with great care so that it did not feel forced or as if Gaia’s decisions and personality relied on the inclusion of a a boyfriend in order to complete her as a person.

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The Body for Beginners by Dani Cavallaro

The Body for Beginners (For Beginners)The Body for Beginners by Dani Cavallaro
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There is some really interesting information in this book and it provides a decent overview of body ideas and construction. There is an obvious bias throughout this book, and some of the facts and explanations should be taken lightly and not as law. I question the inclusion of certain ideas and absence of others. And I KNOW this book was published in 1998, but it FEELS like it was published in 1998. A lot of the assumption of the state of technology, the terminology and the assumptions of the direction of science fiction is clearly outdated and far from timeless.

However, the quality of the printing of this book is just awful–multiple fonts on a page, white on black, sometimes, works over pictures: it is a mess. Also there is a lack of resources; there is a bibliography, yes, but is seems skeletal to the amount of concise information found in this book. A list of further readings would have been helpful and most welcome.

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Death by Paper

THIS PAPER IS KILLING MY BRAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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