Book: World War Z
Author: Max Brooks
Review: This book is an account of the Zombie War and is written as if it was a non-fiction book. It contains the different perspectives of a variety of people all over the world, so there is a variety of views of what happened during this war. It was apparently written to maintain the human factor of war (emotions) and seemed a bit like a Q&A sorta thing. It’s quite political in some places and can also be a bit gory with some bad language so I will warn you of that. I personally did not like this book and didn’t even finish it, but I read enough to gather an opinion on it. I think it put me in a slight reading slump which is really not good and to me, it was just so jumpy. Because it is an account of after the war, we already know that the war ended and people survived but the book is a discovery of how, but because of it being an account of it from after the war has ended, there is no tension which I think it needed. No characters seem even slightly important so there is no-one to gain a connection with, there isn’t exactly much exciting action either because it all happened in their past. This definitely was not the sort of thing I enjoy and if you don’t like this sort of fiction written in the way of non-fiction and as an account then you won’t really like this I don’t think. I gave it a good go but I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it and I can’t even remember how far through I got. I would love to know other people’s opinions though so please feel free to tell me what you thought of this book.
Author: Non Pratt
Review: This book contains strong themes of sex, drinking, bullying, teenage pregnancy & family. This book is about 15-year-old Hannah Shepard and her journey through her pregnancy. The father doesn’t seem to want to be particularly involved so her new best friend, Aaron Tyler says that he will pretend to be the father. Both of these characters have very different pasts and for the first half of the book (ish), Aarons background is unknown, except that he transferred schools halfway through his GCSE’s. This book first starts off with a scene of underage sex and these girls and boys are obsessed with drinking and sex and there is vulgar language and cheating involved too. At first, I wasn’t sure if this would be something seen to others to be either off putting (the underage parts of it anyway) or encouraging but as the book went on I could see it as off putting, especially as Hannah has to deal with her mistakes and seems to prefer her new life. Because of all the way these teenagers spoke and acted, I honestly thought I was going to hate this book. I even originally thought I wasn’t going to be able to finish it but I did and I did enjoy the other 3/4 of the book. What I do enjoy about this book is that even though Aaron becomes the fake father to the baby, they still don’t act romantically, it doesn’t force a relationship and they can just remain friends and that the people who do bully Hannah for being pregnant do get what they deserve in the end. It;s a book not only about a teenage pregnancy but Aaron’s journey to sort of get over his past (which we do learn about later on) and knowing who your real friends are. The book skips talking about the actual birth of the baby (thank God!!) and Aaron proves himself to be such a good friend. The book also ends very abruptly, so that plus the vulgar first quarter or so of the book is what has made me give this book 3 stars, but there are aspects which I did enjoy and I am surprised that this book managed to redeem itself.
Book: All I Know Now
Author: Carrie Hope Fletcher
Review: For those of you who don’t know, Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, singer, author and YouTuber as well as being the sister of Tom from McFly. This book is a non-fiction book which basically consists of advice with her own anecdotes and is something that offers genuinely helpful advice and is most likely best suited for teenagers (probably better for girls than boys as well). It’s a book that is quite chatty with the reader and filled with references to things such as Harry Potter & Shrek and reflects Carrie wonderfully by having the book separated into Acts and also includes cute illustrations. The book, despite its chatty nature, does include topics such as love, sex, dreams (realistic vs unrealistic), the internet and self-harm and depression but it is done in such a nice and careful way yet she is also honest about her experiences and advice. She gives lovely reminders, such as to do things that make you happy and don’t necessarily do these things just to please our parents, as our own happiness is also so important and we need to look after ourselves. Not only does the book consist of anecdotes about her own life, but it also briefly delves into the life of Tom and sections of what his life was like as a teen (being in McFly, his musical talent, how she looked up to him and his diagnosis of bipolar). It also does include minor bad language, and although it is not overused, I did just want to put that out there as a warning. The back of the book also contains useful links for people who need help if they are suffering from depression, bullying or just need someone to talk to which I think is very sweet. Overall, I did enjoy this book. I saw things that I believe would be useful for me, and things that would be useful for other people and the inclusion of links to help readers is something very sweet and well thought out. I have loved Carrie as a YouTuber and I respect her so much as a person so for that reason I do recommend this book and hope that people can find use in the advice she gives.
Book: Monsters of Men
Author: Patrick Ness
Review: This is the final book in the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy and my God it was a wild ride. Now with chapters, these are really long, and usually, it’s 1 perspective per chapter but here we had multiple perspectives per chapter. Not only do we experience the voice and thoughts of Todd and Viola, but also of an important Spackle too and readers will be aware of who this is. I feel that there is so much character development in this novel and that’s for so many characters including Mayor Prentiss but his character is still left so ambiguous, and I questioned what was real and what was fake with him and that made him a great villain character for the whole trilogy. I will also say now that this book contains a lot more death and violence and you really get into the heart of war here. There are many twists and turns and unexpected moments which can make the book quite tense in places and some parts are even irritating, so this book really gets you emotionally in some places, especially with the development of the relationship between Todd & Viola. Overall, I really did enjoy this book and this trilogy as a whole and I definitely recommend these books, even despite the semi-ambiguous ending.