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3 Book That Made Ben Stay Up All Night Reading

When I said the words “Staying up all night”, I actually mean it. You might not believe me but there are books that interest me so much I can’t stop reading because it gets more and more exciting when I want to close my book. Below are the three books I enjoyed reading the most this year in grade eight.

 

1. Gone by Michael Grant

Do you want to live in a world without any adults? One with no one telling you when to wake up, when to eat, or when to sleep? In this book, all the people above the age of 15 happen to disappear at the exact same time. In the exposition of the book, we are introduced to a fourteen-year-old named Sam and two of his friends, Quinn, and Astrid. Since they are currently the oldest in town, all the children are depending on them, waiting for their lead. As the story progresses, we find out how some of the children have super powers and even why all the adults disappeared, which makes the story even more mysterious and exciting.

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2. (Un) Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai

Would you want to marry some one you don’t even know? In this book, the protagonist Manny is forced to marry his dad’s friend’s daughter he had never seen before. In Punjabi, Manny’s wife had to be chosen by his parents and the worst part is that Manny isn’t allowed to say no or else he would be considered as a disgrace to his family.

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3. Uglies By Scott Westefeld

Do all the people around you look pretty or handsome? In this book, everyone at the age of sixteen were forced to have plastic surgery. The protagonist Tally was around two months away from turning pretty, she couldn’t wait to meet up with her friends that were already pretty. However, a month before she has her transformation, she meets a girl named Shay who also has the exact same birthday as her, but she has a different objective: not becoming pretty, but escaping. I would definitely recommend this book to people who like adventurous or mysterious books.

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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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Magical Powers

Do you believe in magic or super powers? Through out the rising action of the book, Gone, we discover many characters in the book have super powers. The conflict of the book, person vs. society, intensifies through out the rising action because we are given a ton of information. Grant writes, “I know it sounds like I’m crazy, but sometimes this light just comes shooting out of my hands” (155). The main character, Sam, reveals his secrets to his friends about his super power where he could shoot lasers when he becomes nervous. Not just Sam, but, Astrid’s brother, Caine, Diana, and Lana all have their own super powers.

When Sam and his friends were searching for Astrid’s brother, older members of “Coast Academy” arrived at FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone) and took control. The leaders of Coast Academy were Caine and his helpers Drake and Diana. They seemed like good leaders, however, that was only the beginning. They slowly show their real side and become dictators, “That’s saying Caine and Drake can do whatever they want, anytime they want” (211). In the rulebook they created, it basically only benefits them.

Around a few days later, many problems start to occur, one of the biggest was the resource they had. Food, supplies, was running out tremendously fast, the children were all depending on the older ones. When Orc killed another person just because they disobeyed a rule, older kids knew something had to be changed. Except the problem was “You want to go demand justice from Caine?” (223). Grant writes, “I know what you want, okay? I know you want me to be the anti-Caine. You don’t like the way he’s doing things and you want me to go kick him out. Well, here’s what you don’t know: even if I could do all that, I wouldn’t be any better than him” (224). When Astrid tried to convince Sam to fight back, Sam tried to deny, because he was worried he would hurt others with his uncontrollable power. Just like how he burned his father’s hand off with his laser beam. Sam was undecided until Astrid said, “and reason number two: you have me” (225).

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“Poof” And Your Gone

Would you like a world without adults, nobody telling you what to do? In the book, Gone, by Michael Grant, all the adults are gone in a blink of an eye. Here is a fake newspaper I created explaining the conflict of the book. In the exposition of the book, we are introduced to a fourteen year old named Sam and his two good friends, Astrid, and Quinn. Since they are currently one of the oldest on Earth, the children are depending on them. Grant writes, “Sam hesitated. If he showed them, crossed this line, he wouldn’t be able to make them forget it. They would keep at him till he told them everything” (44). However, no one knows, it’s different for Sam, he has and knows a little more than the others. In my opinion, the  conflict is person vs. society because Sam is deciding on whether he should tell the others what he knows and could do, in order for his friends to understand the problem.

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