Smackdown Books 2017

Arlene's smackdown17 book montage

The Memory of Things
Hour of the Bees
The Gospel Truth
Ultraman, Vol. 1
The Bunker Diary
Trouble Is a Friend of Mine
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy
The Hired Girl
An Ember in the Ashes
The Porcupine of Truth
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Goodbye Stranger
Beautiful Blue World
The Blackthorn Key
All American Boys

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Will Bomb explode More Than This out of this competition or will the writing prowess of Patrick Ness smother the interesting historical book by Steve Sheinkin?  I am struggling to choose a winner myself and was not organized enough to talk to other members of the group to get their opinion before writing this blog.

There is no doubt that Patrick Ness has an amazing command of written language and readers are kept off-balance throughout this story but not so off-balance that the momentum of the book is lost.  However, in the end, I was not completely satisfied and if you asked me why I am not sure I could put it into words.  Perhaps ambiguity is what Ness was hoping for and if that was the case then he was very successful.

I was fully prepared to not like Bomb.  I generally do not love this style of book but I was pleasantly surprised.  I found the research insightful and the story moved quickly - no ambiguity in the story line but still a sense of suspense and curiosity.  I can envision this being used in a classroom but will students pick it up as an enjoyment read?  With this question in mind, I have reached my decision and cast my vote for More Than This.  

My Zombie pick is Wonder.

1 comment:

  1. Glad someone jumped on the Wonder bandwagon!