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You Must Try Before Giving Up

Do you have the courage to stand up for others? Through out reading the book, Gone, I started to think the theme of the book is “You must try before giving up ” because the main character Sam wanted to at least try defeating Caine before surrendering because he didn’t want Caine to destroy everything. Grant writes, “Orc murdered Bette” (223). At the start Sam didn’t really want to care about whom is in charge, but after a girl named Bette had been killed in the FAYZ by one of Caine’s helpers. Sam realized Caine couldn’t be the leader of the FAYZ.

Sam was very unconfident with himself at first because he personally thinks he might become a person like Caine if he is in charge knowing that he also has special powers. Grant writes, “…you have me” (225). Luckily Sam’s girl friend, Astrid, convinced Sam to fight back because she also hated the way people were treated after Caine started ruling the FAYZ. During the rising action, Caine captures Sam because he realises he was his brother and also had a great amount of power. Luckily his friend Quinn saved him as they ran off into the woods with Astrid, Edilio, Peter and Lana. But then Sam realized running away was not an option because the children back at Perido Beach needed help so they decide to head back and help. Grant writes, “Coates kids, Perdido Beach kids, we’re together now” (461). Since Caine and Drake were also very mean to the Coates kids, most of the Coates kids hated the two of them so they all believed Sam would defeat Caine and Drake. Grant writes, “My name’s Brianna. I can go real fast” (462). There were a lot more kids with special powers like teleporting or super speed that gave Sam even more confidence in winning the fight against Caine. Sam and Caine were both almost turning fifteen, meaning that they would both be gone very soon so Caine wanted to fight as fast as possible. They both turned fifteen when they were fighting each other but the both of them already learned how to not disappear when turning fifteen. “I guess we won” (613). Because Sam never gave up, he defeats Caine at the end so Caine and his followers were forced to leave Perdido Beach. There were many moments where Sam wanted to give up but he knew he had to try defeating Caine or else the people left in the FAYZ would be doomed.

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Austin’s Life Is Back On Track

Is there a girl you really like and would think of her all day long? In the book, Damage, Austin Reid has finally found something he cared about. After Heather and Austin started dating, Austin could not stop thinking about her and wanting to hang out with her. Jenkins writes, “Sorry, I got things to do” (94). Austin’s best friend, Curtis, invited him to come skiing with him over Christmas break but Austin denied it, that showed how he cared about Heather way more than hanging out with friends.

Jenkins writes, “By the time a few weeks have passed, Austin is feeling almost like his old self again” (87). Life is currently looking very good for Austin, since he has found something he cared about, he would take any chance to see her. Jenkins writes, “Don’t be so cynical, baby” (95). Austin listened to all the cd’s Heather shared with him, he listened it so many times he could already sing random parts of some songs even though he personally disliked those kind of music. But if it was a way to become closer with Heather, he would listen to all of them. During the rising action, Austin and Heather’s relationship became even better, where they would meet up after Austin’s football practice for most of the time. Jenkins writes, “Everybody knows he and Kat broke up because she didn’t want to do it, and he did” (99). Heather and Curtis disliked each other, so Heather started to tease and complain about Curtis in front of Austin. Austin started to get a little frustrated but he knew what was right (let Heather say what she wants so the two of them would be fine). Even though it looked like he only cared about Heather, he actually also cared a lot about Curtis because they were best friends for a long time. Jenkins writes, “Tonight, his screwup kept a Bulldog drive alive. In Curtis’s book, that means he hand delivered them a touch down” (105). The two things that mattered to Curtis the most was Football and Kat, today he failed in a football game so he was very frustrated at himself. As a good friend, Austin would cheer him up and tell him to forget about it. Jenkins writes, “You’re the first guy I’ve let in my room. I never let guys in” (115). The relationship between Austin and Heather was probably the longest one according to Heather. Heather’s bedroom was like the most private place in her house, only she could enter, and she only believed Austin. They talked and talked, mostly about Heather because she is sort of selfish but Austin didn’t mind, he liked being with Heather.

 

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The Odd One

Have you ever heard of a fifteen year old that could possibly do this? Mark Haddon writes, “I know all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057” (2). In the book, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, the boy, Christopher John Francis Boone had no trouble doing it. Christopher was different compared to others his age, he was not in  a normal school, he was sent to a school that deals with social/behaviour problems because he could not understand people’s emotions. After reading the exposition of the book, the word best describes Christopher is, odd.

I found Christopher odd because there were many different situations showing how he is really different compared to people his age. Mark Haddon writes, “Then the police arrived. I like the police. They have uniforms and numbers and you know what they are meant to be doing” (6). Have you seen some one not run away from the police when they are about to arrest you? When the police officers were going to arrest Christopher, he was still thinking about if he did liked the police or not. Mark Haddon writes, “I didn’t like him touching me like this. And this is when I hit him” (8). Christopher was also a very sensitive person, he did not like touching people too close or else he would hit back, his father couldn’t even hug him. “I held up his right hand and spread his finger out in a fan. Mark Haddon writes, I held up my left hand and spread my fingers out in a fan and we made our fingers and thumbs touch each other “(16). This was a very odd way of showing love, but because they could not hug, this was the way to represent hug with his dad. Mark Haddon writes, “I wonder if the police will find out who killed him and punish the person” (21). Christopher had different feelings to animals, in his mind, animal and human are equal. After getting into some trouble with the police, his dad tells him to stop caring about the dog and just let it go incase of more trouble. Mark Haddon writes, “I decided that I was going who killed Wellington…” (28). Even after his father insisting, Christopher still feels this is very important so he had to find out the mysterious killer.

Looking over the exposition of the book, you can notice how all the actions Christopher had done was very different from normal teenagers. Normal teenagers would be hanging out with friends and maybe dating the opposite sex. But for Christopher, he does not like people too close around him and he spends days or weeks trying to find out a death of a dog. Christopher is the odd one.

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The Change of Peter

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Wroth writes, “Let’s go, Stiff”(329), “That doesn’t make sense. He’s eighteen; he’ll find another girlfriend once you’re dead. And he’s stupid if he doesn’t know that(339). Peter was a mean and selfish boy, he liked calling people names and he always wanted to win no matter what. However, in important moments, he shocked me. When reading, I thought Peter hated Tris and wanted her to die, but the second when Tris was going to be killed by the death serum (Jeanine’s inventions). Peter saves her.

The death serum did not work on Tris because Peter changed the death serum into a paralytic serum. “Then the heart monitor stops beeping”(385). Jeanine believed Tris was dead since the heart monitor stops beeping. But Peter actually connected the wire with a dead person’s heart beat so it would look like Tris died. After tricking Jeanine, Peter quickly brings Tris to Tobias and the three of them starts to escape the compound. “Tris, you first”(389). When the three of them were running for their lives, Peter protected Tris and let her go before him so she wouldn’t get caught. I was not expecting Peter to save Tris because Peter and Tris were rivals in the book, so what Peter did really shocked me.

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