Friday, August 30, 2013

Book review

Darkest Minds review
3.75/5 (yes, it is specific)

This review when somewhere I was not expecting it to go, so have fun reading as I rant about banking.

In the beginning and somewhat through the book this premise is a hard one to accept- parent's giving up their children and yet worried about the debt problem? What's the point of life- a lot of people will say their children so it is hard for me to believe that children would be so easily rounded up, yes it was said that some were hidden but this novel suggested that most of the generation had been wiped out or taken to camps. I wish that Bracken would have explained this better, it is shown that the parent's believe that their kid are getting the help that they need, but still I felt it was not enough.

However, if we accept the premise, although unrealistic, a wonderful book unfolds, it has enough action that you want to find out what happens in the next chapter. Although the bad guys in my opinion are rather black or white, there are your good guys - the main characters and her friends- and the bad guys without any sort of gray area, at times in this book it felt that anybody that was over twenty was evil and everybody under that with a few exceptions, was good. As someone who is over twenty I would like to point out that there is no on-off switch that depends on age for evil. Now, I can understand that the people that these kids are mostly involved with are going to be people that want to use the children's power for evil, however, when Bracken mentioned that the army was now being recruited I thought this would be a good time to show off the other side, the adult side of this issue. I wanted to see adults scared to death about what was happening to their children, I wanted to see adults that were worrying about their children, I wanted to see young adult confused. Instead all the agents we are introduced to have one thing in common, their love for hurting others.

One finally criticism I would like to address is the bank foreclosing and how this made little to no sense. Now this is all to my understand but when a person wants to buy a house they ask the bank if they can cover the cost of the house and they will pay the bank back with interest, the bank having enough to cover the house outright knows in the long term they will make money off the interest, so they agree to buy the house and the residents work to pay off the house for a set amount for a number of years. Now, when a residence is no longer paying for the house for whatever reason the bank decides after some amount of time to reposes the house as it is still the bank's house. This is known as foreclosing, the bank to regain the losses, or just to make more money then sell the house again to other buyers, or they sell the land to make back the money. However, in this novel the bank has forecloses on entire cities as the communities then went to live tent cities. In these cities firstly, did everybody in the town need the banks help? Secondly this would be the worst opinion for the banks to feasible take, if they foreclosed on everybody who is possibly going to buy the foreclosed houses or the land? Nobody is living in these houses so now the bank is receiving nothing for these houses in this case with no buyers it is honestly better to gain what you can as the bank has already parted with the original cost of the house. It seems like an odd thing to pick on, but it made no sense to me.

Although I have been a bit harsh on this book you will notice I did give it 3.75/5 I thought the powers were interesting they were my favorite part. The devices were interesting it was fast paced although it did slow down considerably in the second half until near the end but still I was up late reading it more than one night to find out what happened next. The ending made me both sad and with a desire to pick up Watership Down.

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