The Scorch Trials

Ever since reading The Maze Runner, which was just a masterpiece, I could not wait to get my hands on James Dashner’s dystopia sequel, “The Scorch Trials”. When I finally got it from my school library, I wasn’t disappointed. Just like its predecessor, this book is another page turner which of course left me in awe and ready for the next one. Anyways, let’s get started.

After finally escaping the Maze, Thomas and his fellow Gladers thought it was all over. No more problems to solve, no more challenges, no more lethal tests. They were wrong. The Maze was just the beginning.

WICKED, (World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department) a group of scientists and governments are the ones who spearheaded the experiments in order to not only test how their subjects react to the multiple experiments they conduct, but to possibly create a new era of superhumans.

As Thomas continues regaining memories off his past life before joining the chaos of the Maze, he and his friends now face phase 2 of WICKED’s tests, The Scorch Trials.

After finally being rescued by a group of anonymous people, the group go back into chaos as not only is The Scorch Trials harder than it sounds, there is a time limit in which the group have to reach a certain checkpoint since they have caught a disease called the Flare, which would cause them to become Cranks, a maniac that has no utter sense of compassion and has a love for blood, which technically makes them zombies.

A man in a white suit, who is called Rat Man releases them back into a destroyed and scorching hot world where the Gladers face deadly storms, another Group of survivors that has orders to kill Thomas and outrageous, psychopathic Cranks.

Would Thomas and his friends go through the horrors of the Scorch? Well, you have to read the book.

Name: The Scorch Trials
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Chicken House
Age Group: 10-15

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The Last Battle

Here comes another good book review, this time about the final instalment of the Chronicles of Narnia, The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. A few months ago, I also read the first and most popular book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

As always, I wasn’t disappointed and the book was certainly above expectations. What a great way to end a lovable series!

We start off in the far west of Narnia, in a forest where an Ape, called Shift and a donkey, called Puzzle, live. At that point in time, the World of Narnia was at peace and all three creatures were living happily in this enchanted place.

However, as you know, things don’t always stay the same…

When the duo finds a piece of Lion Skin which was left unattended in a river near a waterfall, the Ape, also considered the ‘Smart’ one, asks Puzzle to get it and examine it.

After retrieving the piece of skin which was left by a hunter who killed a lion previously, Shift decides to make a coat for Puzzle, who disagrees with his idea since it is insulting Aslan, the righteous ruler of Narnia. However, Shift, acting like a smart-alec, explains to Puzzle that wearing the coat would make Narnia bow to them, also suggesting that the fact the skin was given to them was an act by the real Aslan.

Back in the main city of Narnia, the current king, King Tirian, is having a peaceful rule over the city. However, one fine evening while chatting with his best friend, Jewel, a centaur, named Roonwit, explains that Narnia is in grave danger, based on what the future holds from the stars.

Soon enough, chaos strikes in the world of Narnia as Puzzle, the fake Aslan is presented in Calormene, where the beasts celebrate for his return. However, its not the fake Aslan who is running the show, it is the Ape, Shift!

Will King Tirian stop the Calormenes, now their enemy and the deceitful Ape? Well you have to read this epic finale!

Name: The Last Battle
Author: C.S. Lewis
First Published: 1956 by The Bodley Head
Age Group: 7-12

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Today, I would be reviewing a fantastically written book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, titled “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. This book is a short story and is about the life of a strange man called Benjamin Button.

In the summer of 1860, the Button family, a family tending to be ahead of style, decided to deliver their first baby in the hospital, which wasn’t common at that period as babies were usually born at home.

Anyhow, after months of waiting anxiously, Mr Roger would finally get to see his new-born in the nursery room. However, he would be getting a surprise that would haunt him for the following months to come.

After a nervous yet exciting walk to the hospital, he bumped into the family physician, Doctor Keene, who rudely dismissed him into seeing the baby himself. Well, Mr Roger definitely was outraged when he first set sight on his boy.

At first, it all seemed to be a fictional dream, an old man being born, but now, Roger frantically knew that it was reality and could not believe what he saw. Inevitably, he accepted the fact about what his son would become as an old man forever, most likely.

Once the old man was dressed with some formal clothes that were weirdly the only ones that seemed to suit him, the life of Benjamin Button began.

Benjamin seemed to have the attitude of an old man, he hated formal clothes, wanted a cane and also had weird wants and needs. He obviously did not like the toys Mr Roger bought for hm. Nevertheless, he still knew his father was forced in order to keep face. So, he used them every now and then.

As his first years swept past him, Benjamin realised a phenomenon. He was getting younger and also was willing to wear long trousers, a practice old people don’t do. It soon dawned to them that Benjamin was living life in reverse.

What would happen to Benjamin as his unique life continues? Well, you got to read the book.

Overall, I found this book very funny and appreciative to read about as I sort of felt grateful that we are living life normally. Anyways, this book is no doubt a good read and you should try to get it soon.

Name: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Published year: 1922
Age Group: 8-12

Book Review: Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris

Jupiter Pirates Curse of the Iris

If you know this highly renowned series very well, I reckon you had read the first book already and know that this book is about the chronicles of the Hashoone family, which takes place in outer space (solar system) in the far future, where space travel to other planets is possible.

This book is the 2nd of the Jupiter Pirates blockbuster series! In this book, the author goes through events of the Hashoone’s past, particularly about Johanne Hashoone, when they discover a sitting duck. In the floating vehicle, they find a dead crew…

The Hashoones are privateers and they own a letter of marque under the Jovian Union, which allows them to seize any ship which does not fly their colors. Their ship is called ‘Shadow Comet’. However, for that instance, there is nothing they can seize as everything was destroyed. Thus, they identify the dead captain and go to the captain’s home planet to deliver the bad news.

Unfortunately, during their conversation during with the captain’s family, the captain’s mother mocks them and accuses them of stealing captain Lumbaba’s prize, the Iris Cache, which was something forgotten in family history.

The Iris Cache is a hidden treasure which some say is cursed, or are protected by dangerous creatures. The Collective, an old organization which consisted of Shadow Comet and other ships, have been tasked to find the great prize, which led to misunderstandings and thus was deemed to be never found by Johannes and his crew.

But when Tycho, the youngest of the Hashoones, gets more clues than he bargained for, it is a race between 3 factions, the Securtitat, Jovian Union and Ice Wolves to get the greatest fortune of anyone’s life as the Hashoones go back in time to learn about their dirty family history and the truth of Tycho’s great-grandfather, Johannes, which is very startling…

And to make matters worse, the Ice Wolves have Saturn’s support!

So will they find the treasure and defeat the Ice Wolves? You got to read the book.

Written by Jason Fry, the language used and action portrayed in this hit is thrilling and will want you to flip to the next page!

Name: Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris

Author: Jason Fry

Illustrator: Jeff Nentrup

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Genre: Action and Adventure

Age Group: 8-12

Book Review: Mr Stink

Mr Stink

Chloe is a spoiled girl, raised by a persistent and uncaring mother called Mrs Crumb. She is picked on by her younger sister, causing her to be wrongly accused by her mother. She is also bullied in school by Rosamund and her associates. However, it all changes when she meets the local Tramp, Mr Stink. They form a bond quickly through numerous experiences together. Later on, Mrs Crumb nominates herself to become the MP, with numerous policy plans. And one of them is for homeless people to leave the town.

Obviously, Chloe doesn’t want Mr Stink to leave the town for life. So, she secretly hides Mr Stink in the garden shed of their house, in hope that he won’t be found. As days passed, the ruthless Mrs Crumb continues to keep Chloe’s life miserable. If she ever becomes the MP, Chloe didn’t know how life would be in the future. At the same, time the two continue communicating as Chloe provided the vagabond (Mr Stink calls himself) basic care.

Anyways, when a Times Reporter came to interview Mrs Crumb about the election, a hungry Mr Stink showed up out of the blue, ruining the mother’s interview. It seemed imminent that she would fly of the handle, but she didn’t. Instead, she kept her cool, but reluctantly hated the aroma Mr Stink released. With that, it was certainly a lucky escape from hot water for Chloe and her dad, who knew the dirty secret but kept it to themselves.

Later on, the jolly and at the same time jealous Mrs Crumb got a call from the PM and was invited to a television programme but had to bring Mr Stink along. Well, she did it, in disgust.

For the rest of the story, you have to read the book as that is the climax and the resolution.

In my opinion, this book is a classic and touching masterpiece by David Williams!

Title: Mr Stink

Author: David Williams

Illustrator: Quentin Blake

Publisher: HarperCollins

Age Group: 8-12

Book Review: Jupiter Pirates: Rise of Earth

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The 3rd book of the fantastic Jupiter Pirates franchise, ‘Rise of Earth’ is about the Jovian Unions relations with Earth. This masterpiece should keep you eyed on the book until the very end.

If you haven’t read the other two books of the Jupiter Pirate series, I suggest you read them as soon as possible. If you insist on not doing that, here is a little background info. The series follows the great voyages of the Hashoone family. Led by Diocletia Hashoone, the family have the wits and guts that make them a hard opponent. Their ship is called ‘Shadow Comet’. The Hashoones are part of the Jovian Union, and works under letters of marque, which gives them authority to capture ships operating under different factions.

With the relationship between Earth and the Jovian Union reaching a climax, Earth’s leaders decide to let ships also have a letter of marque to capture Jovian Union ships! With tensions high, the Hashonnes fly to Cybele, a moon believed to be neutral during that time but a vital one that would be the turning point of the war if any of the factions win there. However, both affiliations didn’t know what Cybele had in store for them. They had actually allied with the Saturnians, or the Ice Wolves, as a matter of fact.

Anyways, the Hashonnes were stuck in Cybele after some childish actions by Earth escalated into a battle, causing negotiations to take place in Cybele. And the funny thing was they were thought table manners. Yes… I’m not joking.

With more evidence linking to the battle, the Hashonnes get to realise the real enemy… when it is too late. The emotional event has now made the race for captain much more complicated!

Also made by Jason Fry, I know this is a book to enjoy gravely!

Name: Jupiter Pirates: Rise of Earth

Age Group: 8-12

Publisher: HarperCollins Books

Genre: Action and Adventure

The Story of Doctor Dolittle (Book Report)

The Story of Doctor Dolittle
Author: Hugh Lofting

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Main Characters:
Doctor Dolittle- a failed doctor who turns into a successful animal doctor
His pets- The animals who help him talk in their own animal language
Monkeys of Africa- family members of Chee-Chee the monkey, one of Dolittle’s pets who seek aid from him as an unknown disease spreads to them.
King of the Jolliginki- A king which captured Dolittle and his pets twice but have escaped.
Pushmi- Pullyu- A very rare animal in this book, a cross between a gazelle and a unicorn, and has 2 heads!

 

Story:
Doctor Dolittle was at first a very rich doctor. However, with the number of the pets of his increasing, many people who live in his home town, Puddleby, which was by the marsh, hated having his pets as company. Even his sister, Sarah, did not regard them. So, Dolittle became poorer every day and soon he didn’t have sufficient money to pay his monthly bills and even regular things and needs in life. However, when it seemed everything was lost, one of his yearly customers came and advised him to be an animal doctor. When Polynesia, a parrot, overheard this conversation, she and his pets taught him all their languages and once he started his new job, all the animals heard about and sought his aid.

One day, some monkeys from Africa alerted Chee-Chee that an unknown disease was spreading among them. As a kind man, Dolittle left America with a few of his favourite pets. The second they arrived there after a storm which forced them to swim to shore, they were captured by the men of King Jolliginki and were imprisoned in a dungeon. However, after the gullible king had been tricked by Polynesia’s voice, they escaped and arrived at the land of monkeys. With the help of the other animal tribes after a few negotiations, the monkeys got well and had a feast and Dolittle was rewarded with the Pushmi-Pullyu. However, when Chee-Chee lost contact with the pack temporarily, they got captured by the king again. With the help of Polynesia’s tricks of the trade, they escaped again and after hypnotizing the prince, Prince Bumpo, they got a ship and left Africa without being stopped although they had to leave a few of their pets behind as this was their homeland.

They soon encountered pirates of the coast of Barbary and had a short chase. Luckily, with the help of the swallows, they lost them and stopped by an island to get water. However, the pirates saw their ship and raided the island. With their own efforts, they got to the pirate’s ship and got away with it. Although the pirates saw it, the other ship started sinking as they tried chasing them. After giving the captain of the gang, Ben Ali, known as the Barbary Dragon a piece of his mind, Dolittle let him and his gang go.

When they discovered a little boy in the decks of the ship, the boy asked the team to search for his uncle after being thrown into the sea by the treacherous pirates. With the help of Jip-Jip, the dog, they found the boy’s uncle and were rewarded by the mayor of the boy’s home town after tons of fun and celebration. They left a few days later. When they returned to Puddleby, most of Dolittle’s pets were surprised to see the Pushmi-Pullyu with him. To earn their living, they built their own carnival stall in a carnival featuring the rare animal.

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