It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.
Last Week’s Books:
The Different Girl by Gordon Dahliquist a novel set on an island, presumably sometime in the future. The story is told by Veronika, who lives on an island with three other girls almost exactly like her and Irene and Robbert, their caregivers. Not long after the story starts, the reader will figure out that Veronika and the others are not girls at all, but androids. They are being raised in isolation and taught to explore, question, and reason. When a “diffrent” kind of girl, May, washes up on the island during the storm, she is not only physically injured, but also shocked to see Veronika and the girls. Dahlquist uses the very slow reveal throughout this novel, so that readers infer that there has been a backlash against technology and that Irene and Robbert are hiding their work and the girls. I enjoyed all the speculating and being given very few answers, but after reading some Goodreads reviews, it seems that many others have not. I know that there are many students in my schools who would definitely need a more literal type of science fiction; however, I am eager to try this book with a few others whom I think will really “get” it. This was my November Random Read.
The audiobook of Conversion by Katherine Howe made for some fascinating listening. The story takes place both in the current day, as Colleen’s Boston prep school classmates start suffering from a variety of strange afflictions and in the time of the Salem Witch Craft trials, as Anne Putnam describes the start of an epidemic of girls pretending to be afflicted and identifying others as witches. Because the parallel stories occur from the very beginning, the reader (listener) starts to wonder very early on what part witchcraft might play in Colleen’s story, but the story is laid out like a very subtle mystery. A mysterious texter who warns Colleen to read The Crucible adds to the puzzle. Ultimately, I felt a bit let down by the end of the book–as I think I expected a more gripping end to the story. Still Howe gives readers much to think about and definitely sweeps them up into the stories.
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