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Betrayal

Would you want to go somewhere far away from home by yourself, when you’re not even sure if it’s a real existing place? Well, giving the answer “no” for Tally, the protagonist of the book Uglies by Scott Westerfeld was not an option. Westerfeld writes, “Okay, I’ll do it. Turn it off” (131). Tally was finally convinced by Peris, her very best friend to listen to Dr. Cable and do what she asked. Westerfeld writes, “I’ll enjoy it about a million times more once you’re there with me” (120). Peris is three months older than Tally so he had already became pretty, he convinced Tally by telling her how much he wanted to be with her before she made her final decision.

Dr. Cable chose Tally to go find the mysterious city Smoke because only she knew how to read the code Shay wrote for her also knowing that the people from Smoke would probably only trust Tally because Shay really wanted her to come. It took around nine days until she was finally found by the Rangers(ally of the city Smoke)  and sent to where they were waiting for her. Westerfeld writes, “It is you! I knew it was!” (175). After arriving at Smoke, people were all treating her very friendly and most importantly she meets Shay again. David, the mysterious person Shay was talking about finally got to meet Tally and he seemed like a very nice guy to Tally. Westerfeld writes, “Not books. They’re called ‘magazines’,” Shay said. She opened one and pointed. Its strangely glossy pages were covered with pictures. Of people. Uglies” (184). Smoke started out very weird for Tally, not used to everyone being an ugly, even the celebrities.

Tally wanted to end this as soon as possible so she tried to send the signal to Dr. Cable on where Smoke city is located. Westerfeld writes, “Tally snapped closed the pendant and shoved it into her shirt” (187). Since she was new to the place, Shay would always be around her so Tally never got a chance to send the signal to Dr. Cable. Westerfeld writes, “By now, Tally understood that nothing in the Smoke ever lost it’s value. Nothing was discarded or given away just because it was old or broken. Everything was repaired, refitted, and recycled, and if one Smokey couldn’t put it to use, it was traded to another. Few things were given away lightly” (213).  After observing Smoke, she realised she couldn’t just betray a city that had their own way of living, history, and values. During the rising action of the book, Tally really wished she just sent the signal in the first day at Smoke because she is really anxious about either to help herself or save a city.

If I was Tally, I would probably choose to stay in Smoke and live there for the rest of my life because it’s definitely not right to destroy a city just because I wanted to be pretty. It really won’t matter if I’m pretty or not since everyone at Smoke looks ugly, even the celebrities.

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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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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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Manny Just Got Trolled

Rai writes, “I’ll go…” (114). Manny finally makes the decision and agrees to go to Punjab for 2 months with his family for vacation. There, India, is where his old man claims is the most amazing place he will ever go to. Manny, not thinking too much, believes what his old man said and will be traveling to India for the first time.

When Manny and his family arrived at Punjab, it was much hotter than England. The heat was getting him frustrated and he desperately needed a pack of  cigarettes. Meeting his uncles, cousins, and aunts wasn’t too bad, they were all very kind to him. Staying for about 2 weeks, he gets closer with his cousin, Inderjit. “This is what I smoke. English cigarettes” (140). This quote explains how Manny gets closer with Inderjit, they both smoke cigarettes. Living there for about 6 weeks, his oldest brother, Rajit and his wife, had to leave because Rajit had to work. Rai writes, “Two more weeks of Warm cola and dodgy fags. Two more weeks, man” (148). Manny could not wait any longer to meet his best friend Ady and girl friend Lisa in England.

Rai writes, “That agent, Manjit, the one that has our tickets and passports. He had a problem at his office and they have been stolen…” (150). Manny was in total shock when he heard this, because of this he cannot go to his, real home. Manny’s old man tells him he and his mother will be going to Jullundur to fix this problem. While they fix this problem, Harry and his wife will be visiting her family. Now, Manny was left alone with his cousins and other relatives. In my perspective, living without parents telling you what to do is really fun. Getting to do whatever you want, sleep late, play video games, watch TV, etc. But to Manny, Manny has to live with the people who live in the culture where you have to marry who your parents choose, which is his total nightmare.

Rai writes, “They were all liars, all of them. In it together from the beginning and they had tricked me” (164). Manny was brought to another place in India for a day in order to give time for all of his family members to leave back to England. Manny was trolled to come to India, he knew his family wanted him to marry another girl other than Lisa, just like his cousins and other relatives. Rai writes, “You think you’re so clever, hey? Try laughing next month when you’re still here, innit” (152). Manny finally realizes what Harry meant. His entire family knew this plan, that he would be left behind alone. All the things his dad was talking about, how beautiful India is, were all lies. Rai writes, “Bad people. Druggies and whores. It’s not good” (145). Manny’s old man was such a hypocrite going on about the ‘drug society’ and black people all the time. Here, right here in the village he called home, there were drugs and prostitutes and people have affairs, yet Manny hadn’t even seen a single white or black person in this village. Manny could not believe what his family had done to him. Now he has made the decision to revenge, he must have to find a way to ruin his old man’s image.

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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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