Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Last Book in the Universe

The Great Earthquake has destroyed most of the population on Earth except the "normals" who live in the violent Urbs and the "Proovs" who live in peaceful Eden. Spaez, a "normal",  is on a mission to save his sister who has leukemia. The problem is that only the "Proovs" who live in Eden have the technology to save her. It is forbidden for "normals" to enter Eden. Spaez gets help from Ryter, a "normal" old man, who remembers what it was like before the Earthquake; Little Face, a "normal" boy; and Lanaya, a "Proov." The three go through three gang-controlled territorities where they have to fight for their lives in order to make it to Eden.

The story is confusing at first because of the different names and made-up words used in their language. It is a page turner with plenty of action and violence.

Be aware that while it isn't graphic in describing what happened, some of the violence is disturbing. One of the gang leaders chops off the head of another gang leader. A mob tries to eat Ryter and one of the characters meets a violent ending at the hands of a mob.

This plot made me think of Uglies by Scott Westerfield with the "Proovs" and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury that has a world with no books.

Reading Level 6.0

:-) :-) :-) 3.5 Smileys

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