Does anyone else ever walk through the library and have that feeling that it is imperative to read EVERY book you see? I want to start in the As and read through to the Zs....hmmm...maybe someday;) Anyway, I have recently read three books and I wanted to share them.
Streams of Babel by Carol Plum-Ucci was the book chosen for the high school book club last month. I have to admit that I wasn't very excited to read about bio-terrorism plus I thought the book would be semi-"dated" because it is advertised as being post-9/11 and my students don't seem very interested in this topic. I was SO WRONG! This book is awesome and the book club loved it!
The novel follows a group of teens who have been variously affected by a toxin in the water system of a suburban town in New Jersey. A few of the teens have been infected, three deal with deaths in their families, and two are computer hackers who follow clues left on the web by the terrorists themselves. The story unfolds with each chapter being told from the perspective of a different character. I am a self-proclaimed computer geek so I really enjoyed all of the hacking. The novel had a quick pace with a few twists and a definite ending, although a sequel has just been published. In my opinion, a novel is great if it "sticks with you." This one did and I still (after reading this a few weeks ago) get a bad feeling when I drink tap water....I very highly recommend this.
Reminiscent of The Giver by Lois Lowry, this novel will please readers who enjoy dystopian fiction. It has some slow parts, but for the most part, the plot moves quickly revealing just enough to keep readers on the edge of their seats. I didn't love the ending, but that is because I wanted something different for Oscar...no spoilers here! Recommended.