Summer Reading List

During summer break, i would like to read Pretties, Book Thief and The Hate You Gave. All for thesis three books were recommended from my teachers and friends for several times and since i always read books form the same genre, i would like to try to read books that is in a variety of genres. My goal is to try to read for at least 20 minutes each day. I am very exited to finish these books. 

“Stay Alive”

In the book Alive by Scott Sigler, the protagonist M. Savage is characterized as an aggressive 12-year-old who was trying to survive and stay “alive” in an unknown and unfamiliar planet that they are being trapped in. The plot takes place in a coffin where the protagonist gets trapped inside and eventually escapes and saves the rest of the group, because of this reason, she eventually gets chosen to be the leader of the group to guide them back to where they remembered as “Home”.

Em, a strongly built teenager is an intolerant leader who doesn’t take responsibility for her actions; moreover, she shows us that being an impatient leader could result in corruption. During the exposition of the story, she escapes from the coffin and noticed that her body had grown into a ripe woman. Em notices her body change and thinks to herself, “I look at what I’m wearing: white button-down shirt… My shirt feels tight. The sleeves end halfway between my elbow and wrist. White thread in the middle of that circle spells a word: MICTLAN. I have no idea what that means. And these clothes…are they mine?” (Sigler 17). She noticed that her clothes were being stretched because of the growth of her body, and she had turned from what she remembered: a little kid into an unfamiliar grownup body: “’So, you say you’re twelve,’ she says, ‘You look nineteen, maybe twenty. You look like a grown woman’”  (29). Spingate claims that Em looks like an adult instead of a 12-year-old. Additionally, she doesn’t take responsibility for her actions as a leader of a group of kids. Em kills a boy named Yong when fighting over authority: “It was an accident. Everyone thinks so. There was nothing I could have done. He ran into the knife. He did. He was going to hit me. Was I supposed to let him?” (91).  After she “accidentally” killed Yong, her first actions were not to rush over and help him stop the blood from pumping out of his chest, in order to prove that it wasn’t her fault. Furthermore, her impatient personality has led to people to think that she does not deserve to be the leader: “‘she doesn’t know what she’s doing,’  Yong says. He looks at me, holds out his palm. ‘You tried, Em, but you failed. It’s my turn now, so give me the knife’”(79). Just before Em killed Yong,  he was complaining about how Em had failed to lead the crew. Yong was killed by her because of her impatience, she couldn’t bear to hear what other people talk about how she fails and her character traits had led to the death of a person. In conclusion, Em contains the characteristics of mature women, a leader who is extremely impatient and doesn’t take responsibility.

 

Brother or Father?

In the Book, My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier, the author believes that it’s important to understand peoples perspective during a war because when there is a conflict, there is no right or wrong, it depends on which side is more justifiable. In the book, the protagonist (Timothy) had gone through an internal conflict about picking sides. Tim’s brother, Sam and his dad had a conflict that continued throughout the story. His brother represents a side, and his dad represents another side and Tim is constantly persuaded by both sides, but he is struggling to pick one.

“I picked up the gun, ducked through the door of the shack just pushing the blanket away with my head” (Collier 54) In this scene, Tim was going to steal the gun that his brother had taken from father because his father was in danger and in order to save him, he had to take this gun. This quote shows that Tim had been in a conflict, but had finally chosen to betray his brother. However, later on, as Sam was chasing Tim to return the gun, Tim seemed to favor the other side “’I think you’re a coward,’ I said. I didn’t really think that—anybody who would join the army to fight couldn’t be a coward” (Collier p58) He thinks that a patriot couldn’t be a coward; additionally, at the beginning of the story he said that he wanted to be like his brother because he feels like his brother is like a model of a brave man. This quote shows that he wanted to be a patriot (just like his brother) but he had to betray him to save his father, this is an internal conflict that Tim had to choose. However, at the end of the book, both his brother and his father died, and he eventually realized that there wasn’t a right side, it just depends on the side you pick.