Wednesday, October 14, 2015

TY Books: Ness, Hinton

Two more Extended Essay book recommendations.

Sebastian Fitzgibbon recommends Patrick Ness's More Than This:

"This book blew me away. For me, the problem with a lot of books is that after the first few pages, the lack of intrigue stops. Not all books do this, but many have in my experience. Patrick Ness writes such an incredibly laid out story that literally every few pages something happens. It opens up with the main character committing suicide by drowning himself in violent seas. Then it goes to him waking up: he can't move, he can't see, he can't see and he can't see. Slowly but surely he regains all his abilities and begins to walk around, completely and utterly, alone. Not a single soul in sight. Where is he, was my first question, Hell? Heaven? Limbo? A new planet or another universe? Is he just dreaming and did he really die? You don't even know if those questions will be answered for you. By the end of the book I desperately hoped for a sequel while at the same time was worried the book would be ruined as a result. This was my experience when reading this book. In conclusion I would give it 10/10 and highly recommend to people to read it."

And Emily Torkington has read S.E. Hinton's classic, The Outsiders:

"The Outsiders is a book that is set in America in the 1960's. It is about two rival gangs called the socs and the greasers. It follows a fourteen year old boy called Ponyboy Curtis, his brothers and fellow gang members, and tells the story of some of their struggles and life events. 

I thought that this was a very good book, and it really kept me hooked until the end of the novel. I liked that this was based on real gangs in America, and that made the story even more interesting and realistic, along with the fact that the author wrote this book when she was 15, and had spent time with both these groups. I would highly recommend this book to people."

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