Fahrenheit 451

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Guy Montag is a fireman. Yet he’s not the kind of fireman that you typically think of. No, Montag  burns houses and he  has never ever rescued anyone from a burning.  He absolutely loves his job. To Montag, the fire was beautiful and captivating  as it destroyed the homes and buildings. He whistles after he finishes his job. He’d been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned anything about his job, his life or his world. He had found pleasure in burning books, as well as other things that were banned in his society. He continued on life quite unaware of anything really, until a 17 year-old girl, in all of her whimsy,  starts to change him.

Montag begins to question his life, because all the pieces don’t fit. He is a married man, and has been married for a long time, but he doesn’t know anything about his wife’s background, how they met, where they got married, or literally anything. Soon he begins to find other sorts of discrepancies in his life. They have no contact with any outside world, and for example, events such as bombs that fly over them everyday, but no one seems to care. Young children die and not a single person mourns them. It all begins to add up, and suddenly he becomes curious.

You know the saying, curiosity kills the cat.  Montag begins to explore why books are considered bad and why they must be burned. With the help of a retired literary professor, he gets his hands on his first book. It is the Bible. The book touches something deep within Montag, and soon the need to find more books is almost overwhelming. Unfortunately, there are many people including Montag’s own coworkers who disapprove of his actions and force him to give up books or he dies.  Montag cannot give up his books and he will keep them no matter the cost.

Review

I would gives this book a 6.5. It was very well written and had a lot of good life lessons. It had a number of literary devices, used in expert ways. It kept you wondering what would happen next. At the same time, the book’s plot seemed almost choppy, it was probably the author’s choice to make it that way, considering the nature of the book; but I feel that the author lost me instead of going for that mysterious curiosity effect. Overall, I enjoyed the book and wouldn’t mind reading it again in the future. I would recommend that those who haven’t read the book, take the time to not only read it, but also understand the core message. I think you all will enjoy it.

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Janitors

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Synopsis

There many types of children. Some want to learn and other are uninterested in learning. The problem is that the kids who want to learn cannot, because of the Toxites. Toxites are magical that can only be seen using a magical soap. There are three kinds of Toxites: Filths, Grimes, and Rubbishes. These things cause children to fall asleep, be distracted, and be uninterested. In other words they try to ruin education.

The Toxites are not alone in their cause. They are supported by the Bureau of Educational Maintenance also known as the BEM. These people hire and fire janitors, the only people who can keep the Toxites under control. There are also two kinds of janitors. The ones that work with the BEM and the ones that work against it.  They are the only people along with the BEM who should be able to see the Toxites. The problem is that there were two kids who accidentally used the magical soap.

Spencer Alan Zumbro and Daisy Gates are children not janitors. They were just the two unlucky kids who got caught in the Toxite war. At first they took the side of the BEM, because they were the government. When they learned what the Toxites actually do, they joined the good janitors. Now the janitors along with them are planning to strike back at the BEM to rid the word of Toxites. But what can they do? The government against a bunch kids is not a fair fight.

Review

This book is a 10 out of  10. The second the book starts there is already a problem. You get roped into the book immediately. Another nice thing is that even though there are magical creatures in the book, the people in it are not really that magical. Just the tools they use to fight are magical. They are actual janitors. Who would’ve expected that?

Another great thing about the book is that anyone can read it. The book is appropriate for all ages. It is  is full of action, adventure, drama, and comedy. I really hope you go to your local library to check it out. There is four other books in the series. The great thing is that  it is one of those series that you will love.

Divergent

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Dauntless, Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Erudite. Divergent. Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior lives in a world of where only perfection is accepted. If you don’t fit in you die. It’s quite simple. You can only be one thing. You can be brave, selfless, peaceful, truthful, or knowledgeable. You can’t be brave and selfless. You can’t be more than one thing. If you are guess what happens to you. Death. Tris is more than one or divergent. She is from Abnegation, but decides to become Dauntless. Dauntless shows absolutely no mercy for those who are Divergent. She’s probably as good as dead.

Luckily, she doesn’t die, but many others do. The Erudite have gotten greedy for power. They plan to use the Dauntless to kill all the Abnegation using a simulator for mind-control. Thankfully, the serum that they inject doesn’t work on Divergents (this makes Tris happy because he boyfriend, Tobias, is also Divergent).

Anyway let’s skip over all the unimportant deaths and go on. Tris’s mother and father dies. Tobias and Tris shut down the mind-control program. Oh, and their whole “country” is in chaos. Half the population is dead, the other is alive, confused and scared. The Erudite are angry and even more determined to have full rule. What a happy ending.

Review

This is a book of greatness. It has romance, action, adventure. It has everything a good book needs to have. I give it an 8.5. It is  a story unlike The Hunger Games whose whole idea is “Peeta or Gale.” This book gives the ups and downs or real and fake lives. Absolutely Amazing are the words that come to mind when you read the book, and it is absolutely true.