Category Archives: High School
I enjoyed this new take on the zombie book, and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. After the initial zombie attack, it drags a little, but the last third of the book is action packed. I thought the revelation about Elijah at the end was somewhat predictable, but Dennard threw in a twist I wasn’t expecting. Eleanor is a fiesty, rebellious narrator. She is brash and it is somewhat unbelievable that she would behave as she does, but then again, how did women earn the vote or equal pay without unbelievably brash and rebellious individuals.
I always enjoy this time period and the accurate historical details about the Exhibition are a nice added touch. Blending the zombie and steam punk genres has given some new life to the zombie genre. I realize the book was originally published in 2012, but it is a new path in the well-traveled genre for fans of zombie books.
[b:Half Bad|18079804|Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)|Sally Green|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1413889712s/18079804.jpg|24802827] I LOVED this book. Nathan is such a complex character and while I wanted him to be good, he is neither all one or the other, like most people. Nathan himself doesn’t even know whether he wants to be good or bad and readers see him struggle with this from the first pages of the book. Beginning with a description of Nathan’s eventual imprisonment, I was desperate to find out why he was there and whether or not his captor was really trying to help him, as she said, or not. Like any child who has been abandoned by his parents for one reason or another, Nathan’s desire to find Marcus, and his conflicted feelings about reuniting with a father who is not only the most evil dark wizard in the world, but also has abandoned Nathan and his mother, are heart-wrenchingly realistic.
As Nathan navigates the restrictions put on him by the council, the unfamiliarity with human school, and the intricacies of a budding but forbidden romance, readers’ emotions will rise and fall with his. Green has done a magnificent job with a plot packed full of complications and twists. The end of the first book is abrupt, and one is left just as confused as Nathan. I can’t wait to dive into the second book and Half Lies, an intermediate novella, as soon as I can.