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Yet another young adult novel about the impending apocalypse. Stranded in the ocean is a new twist, but beware the same tired format: boy loves girl out of his league while she loves someone else; other consolation girl loves boy. Entertainment Weekly compared characters' composition to those created by John Green. I say, not even close. Save your credit on this one and if you like YA and haven't discovered John Green or Stephen Chbosky, check them out instead.
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What would have made The Living better?
The Living would have been better if it had an ending. Not sure if de la Pena is gunning for a sequel or if we're meant to basically just imagine what happened next. Perplexing.
Would you recommend The Living to your friends? Why or why not?
I sort of recommended this to my 14 year old although I think the reading level is more of that of a 9 year old..except for the girly stuff.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator needs to listen to how a book should be narrated. He had the same inflection it seemed for every sentence. It was distracting.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Living?
I wouldn't have cut scenes, I would have added a freaking ending. What happened to Addy? Does Shy end up with Carmen? There's no way of knowing.
Any additional comments?
Readers that enjoy this genre need to read or listen to the 'The Fifth Wave' to see how it's REALLY done.
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