I’ve been sort of sleepwalking through life lately. I’m trying to find a job and let me just say it’s not fun.
I haven’t even had that much time to read lately, which makes me terribly sad, especially considering the three boxes of unread ARCS under my desk right now. I suck.
On the plus (?) side, I’m still commuting about thirty hours a week, which means I’ve been listening to a lot of audio books. I actually just finished (And I know this one’s old) The Mysterious Benedict Society , and I hacve to say, I loved it. Sure, it took a definite suspension of disbelief (a difficult word to spell) for a number of plot points, but I enjoyed the style, which reminded me of many of my favorite books from elementary school.
As far as actual, honest-to-god reading is concerned, I recently finished Nicky Singer’s Gem X. It was an interesting take on the teen version of a dystopian novel. Though Singer hits a lot of the tropes you see in other novels of this sort (a complete divide between the haves and have nots, a main character who suddenly realizes his perfect life may be lacking in the human emotion department, etc.) she definitely hits a few new notions. I especially liked the suggestion that the Gem X generation, the supposedly perfect human model, is breaking down from within, and the use of wrinkles, or “cracks” to suggest this idea is great.
Would I recommend either of these books? Yes, on The Mysterious Benedict Society, if you like that sort of tongue-in-cheek tone, a mix between Charles Dickens and Roald Dahl.
As for Gem X, I’m not sure. If you’re into Dystopian novels, go for it, it won’t hurt to read it. If this isn’t your favorie genre, but you’re looking to branch out into it, start with Skinned by Robin Wasserman or The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Anyway, if I don’t find a job soon, then I’ll have a lot of time on my hands, since school’s almost over. And I’ll have no money to buy food or any of that handy stuff, so I’ll have to read a lot, if only to take my mind of the hunger. In which case, I’ll probably be posting plenty of reviews over the summer. Not to mention the occasionally whine fest about how hard it is to get a full time job right now!