They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
The title is clever, intriguing, and yet central to the story all at once. The whole story feels like an episode of Black Mirror. Their world is so similar to ours, yet vitally changed by one piece of technology, or one company in this case. I’m glad Death-Cast’s ways of knowing someone’s day of death are never described, and for me that raises a bunch of mind-shattering questions, like what is free will? If Death-Cast has never been wrong, then is someone not scheduled to die unable to kill themselves? It’s mind-boggling, but this book is not actually a sci-fi. It’s a romance. It takes a while till you realise it, but all the clues are there. They’ve been crushing since the start of the book and it ’s a nice moment when they kiss, but then I do think the author goes a bit overboard with the kissing. I think it was a very good decision to have the story constantly switching it’s point of view, managing to create sympathy in every character we’re introduced to. The realisation at the end is an intelligent way to end this thriller of a book, and I must say I am very glad I read it.
Rating – 4/5
John Steinbeck is a strange author. Perhaps it is because of the time of writing, or maybe because of his own personal experiences, but his stories don’t follow any rules. First of all, the story is plain. It’s one dimensional . Throughout many parts, the characters simply blurt out their emotions and spell out their motivations each letter at a time leaving nothing for the reader to infer. Making Lennie’s death at the end very predictable at the end, though some would call that foreshadowing. The Dust Bowl barely played a part in the story, and there really wasn’t much significance in the job searching aspect. Perhaps being forced to read this book played a role in my dislike of it, but I do not recommend it.
Rating – 2/5
Truth Or Die by James Patterson
They say mysteries are the most intelligent genre, and this book takes that to a T. Patterson has formulated a deep and complexing thriller that takes physical brain power to keep up with at the smart parts, has you flipping through the action parts, and chuckling at the odd strain of humour. The characters each had their own distinct personalities, except our protagonist Trevor himself, who got into this all from his girlfriend’s death but very quickly forgets about her and is really just a pair of confused eyes that we can see this world through. I think my favourite character would be the kid, who is like an L from Death Note caricature, with his 220 IQ. However, this book does have a pretty bad case of overflowing us with character names, and it even addresses it in-universe and gives us some summary sentences throughout. Something I found very satisfying was how no one purposefully left the reader in the dark about anything, giving us the answers that we crave the entire way through, making a brilliant snappy novel from the most popular author on the planet.
Rating – 4/5
What do you value in your life? Take the three seconds necessary to really consider the aspirations you have, or simply what you enjoy doing. For most people, it’s video games, watching Netflix, or something else nice and relaxing. And you know what I want for you? Whether it’s good for you or bad I want you to be able to spend more time doing the thing you love, and less time on the things you are forced to do. Specifically, less time on homework.
First, we must make one thing very, very clear. Homework is not a measure of your success in school. Your measure of success shouldn’t be how well you can act for forces you are forced to act for anyway, it’s how you can pull forward on YOUR goals. Any validation you receive from the teacher from overdoing homework is minuscule towards what you can get from yourself for pursuing the things you want to. Which is why in this post I’m going to outline 4 tips to take back control of your homework while spending as little time on it as possible.
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Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Neverworld Wake is a novel about 5 teenagers, whose friend is long dead. Their car crashes, and they find they’re stuck between life and death Neverworld, and can’t leave the infinite loop of days until they vote unanimously on who gets to continue living. So unique! I’ve never seen anything remotely like this, so it already gets good points for having an amazing premise. And the author carries it out very well. The stages that the teens go through in the Neverworld are so real and really are exactly what would happen in real life, and after a depressing and insightful montage of how people with no consequence and no escape spend their infinite lives, the mystery incorporated gang get together in one of the coolest mystery sleuthing I’ve seen in a long time. Our perspective into this world is a fairly bland character called Beatrice, though she is a lovely describer of emotions. A splendid gripping read for those who can stand a little gore and love books of the premise less used.
Rating – 4.5/5
Skycircus by Peter Bunzl
Skycircus is the third instalment in the Cogheart series. It takes part in the late 1800s in Britain, in an alternate world where clockwork technology has improved a lot faster to permit the creation of completely mechanical humans and animals. Our protagonist Lily is nothing special, apart from (spoilers for Cogheart ahead) the Cogheart she holds inside her body, and acceptance to what it makes her, a hybrid. At the start of the book her character is quite annoying, especially with her moping around because her birthday celebrations have to be postponed by a single day. The character takes a lot of the pleasant things she has in life for granted, which does make her appear slightly spoiled by her dad, and there is no acknowledgement in the book of how well Lily has it.
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Getting Things Done is a productivity system made by David Allen in the book by the same name in 2001. Is that enough introduction? No? Ok, if you would like to read the book, you can find it here, if you want to read a summary of it, click here, but if you want to read my summary of it, click nowhere! (As in, keep reading). It’s perhaps one of the most successful organisation systems in the world, and in this post you’ll learn how to easily incorporate it into your life.
Getting Things Done has two main points:
- Your mind is for coming up with ideas, not storing them
To quote from the book:
“Everything you’ve told yourself you ought to do, your mind thinks you should do right now. Frankly, as soon add you have two things to do stored in your RAM, you’ve generated personal failure, because you can’t do two things at the same time. This produces an all-pervasive stress factor whose source can’t be pin-pointed.”
- You can never do a project, you can only do the next action related to that project, so you should think of your to-do lists as next actions lists.
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