CHARACTER REVIEW : A PLEA OF JUSTICE FOR HARETON EARNSHAW


WUTHERING HEIGHTS.

Wuthering Heights was what made me fall in love with classics. Up till now, no more stories could give me a strong impact, a cold chill, such that book gave. Emily Bronte clearly described how love and ambition could either destruct or construct.

The story was anti-mainstream at its age, when mostly romance told romance. Wuthering Heights combined really greatly the love story, family issue, bigotry, and tragedy. The plot twist was not much, but each characters were strong figures and very distinctive. Here also people could see how egoistic love that human has is. I followed each chapters and scenes and concluded that the story inside was happening as the results of their decisions. That is why the story was so flowing and smoothly progressing towards the end.

I’m not talking much about the novel. I do not think I will do justice to re-tell it, or review it, since the book is such a perfection to me. But I know I have to tell someone, to tell you, that this book is great and you should read this classic! Like, you can learn that what’s not going to be, will never be. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you will unite with the one(s) you care and love when you die and you are buried side by side lol. Nope that’s not it of course.

I am here to tell you about my favorite character, Hareton Earnshaw! Despite his appearance was only in the near-to-end parts, I care for him. Because one, in my opinion he is the only pure soul in the story and second, he is a victim, a collateral damage of what his father, his grandmother, even his auntie, Catherine Earnshaw, the love of Heathcliff, did and he did not deserve it. He was treated so inhumanely by Heathcliff, even worse than the treatment received by Heathcliff. He was raised as uncivilized boy, only knew how to work in farm and dealt with animals. Girls were not mesmerizing for him until he met Cathy, his own cousin that he fell in love.

…He appeared to have bent his malevolence on making him a brute: he was never taught to read or write; never rebuked for any bad habit which did not annoy his keeper; never led a single step towards virtue, or guarded by a single precept against vice.

Unfortunately, he was disliked by her for his unintelligent code of conduct, while in fact he never learnt what was proper and what was not. He could not show his love and care properly because he was shown differently (by his so-kind uncle,Heathcliff), thus made Cathy chose Linton over him. He was the one who helped Cathy and yet being mistaken for his motive by her. My, life is so unfair for him. He was so eager to learn to read but he was being laughed at. Huhuhu I was crying at that scene. He seek for personal growth, unconsciously but the only one supportive was Nelly while Cathy just kept underestimating him. He silently lamented Heathcliff’s death, thinking Heathcliff’s been a father to him while Heathcliff hurt and ruined his life. He was the punching bag of Wuthering Heights (study.com, unknown year).

Even though his life started so roughly, it slowly changed towards some happy moments, leading to a better life. Cathy finally taught him to read. He learnt how to live like a civilized guy. lol.  I don’t mean to spoil anything, but the story at least gave justice to him. If not, I might have put the book on fire since I could not stand to remember how cruel Bronte to him. Like, it’s enough for Hareton to taste the aftermath of an injustice  in Wuthering Heights.Even though Linton and Cathy did too, but at least they tasted a love from their parent (ironically, Cathy was so loved by Edgar Linton while Linton was with Isabella Linton– ones who read will probably get this). They also knew how to read and spell, they were taught which one was right and not, they recognized what made people happy and what not. They could have a perspective towards life, planned to have a life like this and that. While Hareton… They knew how to behave well. Yeah, I could name more, and more of them. Perhaps these are my subjective thoughts, but for me, Linton and Cathy had better life in the beginning.

Upss I forgot that Nelly loved Hareton so much. But unfortunately Heathcliff separated them for so long that Hareton was grown up not remembering even a thing about her 😦

Also, I guess Heathcliff, to some extent, genuinely cared for him (this is debatable for me, tho) since he was carried some features of Heathcliff’s love of his life. Of course, Hareton and Catherine The Mom were Earnshaws!

Of course, I never not learn anything from my favorite character in a book. From Hareton Earnshaw, I know that no matter how slumped you are, how unrefined you are raised (because of the situation or people), you can still change your life so long as you have a strong motivation to grow. That motivation can be from other person, or a special thing you want to achieve. Hareton, who never knew that his life was hugely not decent, was driven by a strong want to impress Cathy and also a curiosity.

Also, no matter how isolated one is from an actual, genuine form of care, he/she will be able to feel it once he/she meets a person they are attracted too and wanting to act to it.

That’s all my plea for this guy. I hope that you all, who is going to read Wuthering Heights, can show some love and care for Hareton 🙂

Review Post : Lalita

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Judul : Lalita  (Seri Bilangan Fu, #2)
Penulis : Ayu Utami
Publisher : Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia
Halaman : 256 
Tahun terbit : 2012
Bahasa : Indonesia
Genre(s) : Romansa, kontemporer, sedikit sejarah
Tempat pembelian : Gramedia Hotel Santika Medan 
Sinopsis dan Gambar Sampul : Goodreads
Sinopsis :
Lalita menerima sejilid kertas tua berisi bagan-bagan mandala, dan sejak itu setiap hari pengetahuannya tentang sang kakek bertambah. Setiap kali pengetahuan itu bertambah banyak, setiap kali pula sang kakek bertambah muda dalam penglihatannya. Pada suatu titik ia bisa sepenuhnya melihat seorang remaja berumur tiga belas tahun, yang berdiri lurus kaku dan kepala sedikit miring seolah melihat sesuatu yang tidak dilihat orang lain.Apa hubungan semua itu dengan Candi Borobudur? itu akan menjadi petualangan Yuda, Marja, dan Parang Jati

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Ini pertama kalinya aku membaca karya Ayu Utami, namun bukan berarti aku belum pernah mendengar tentangnya. Sebelum aku membaca Lalita, aku terlebih dahulu mengetahui Saman. Waktu itu, aku masih kelas 2 SMP. Seorang teman membawanya ke sekolah untuk tugas membaca dan meresensi novel, walau akhirnya tidak jadi karena ceritanya sulit dipahami. Tapi waktu itu, temanku itu pernah menunjukkan satu bagian dari buku tersebut yang mengutip salah satu kitab Salomo, yaitu Kidung Agung pasal 7:8 yang berbunyi, “Kataku: “Aku ingin memanjat pohon karma itu dan memegang gugusan-gugusannya. Kiranya buah dadamu seperti gugusan anggur dan nafas hidungmu seperti buah apel””. Jujur, bukan main kagetnya membaca bagian seperti itu, dan ternyata itu dari Alkitab pula (waktu itu, aku belum paham kalau untuk memahami kitab tersebut, seseorang harus memahami konteks pasal tersebut). Maklumlah, waktu itu saya masih baru mengenal yang namanya baca novel, dan bacaan pertama juga yang genre-nya teenlit. Dan semenjak itu, saya tidak berani membaca karya Ayu Utami. Pertama, kesan pertama membaca sekilas novel Saman itu membuat saya berpikir kalau novel karya Ayu Utami ini ada adegan ‘gitu-gituan’ dan saya merasa belum siap waktu itu. Kedua, entah kenapa waktu itu saya tertariknya sama novel-novel bertema kriminal dan atau bertokoh utama detektif, selain teenlit (;p) seperti karangan Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Higgins Clark, dll.
Jadilah, karya Ayu Utami tak sempat tersentuh…
…sampai beberapa minggu lalu! Ya, tepat tanggal 5 Januari 2014, aku membeli salah satu novel dari seri Bilangan Fu karangan salah satu penulis Indonesia terkenal ini. Didorong oleh kebutuhan karena mengikuti New Author Reading Challenge plus rasa penasaran karena mendengar komentar teman yang positif menjadi alasanku mencoba membaca karya Ayu Utami ini. Inginnya sih, seri pertama Bilangan Fu yaitu Manjali dan Cakrabirawa, tapi waktu itu adanya seri kedua ini. Agak ragu tapi setelah aku cari tahu, cerita kedua ini bukanlah sambungan total cerita pertama sekalipun tokoh-tokohnya sama sehingga saya pun akhirnya tetap membeli. Ada kekhawatiran akan merasa kecewa (tadi ragu, terus malah khawatir haha), tapi ya sudahlah, aku pikir tidak ada salahnya mencoba. Kalau memang tidak sesuai harapan, bukan pertama kalinya kan…
Dan ketakutanku tidak terjadi! Ketika saya membaca bagian awal, yaitu Hitam, yang dimulai dengan prolog, aku langsung merasa cocok dengan gaya penulisan Ayu Utami. Kalau aku bilang, gaya penulisan penulis satu ini tuh crunchy! Kalau diibaratkan seperti makan kerupuk yang renyah. Bahasanya rapi dan mudah dicerna. Belum lagi, Ayu Utami cukup rinci menjabarkan deskripsi tempat, waktu, dan sosok tokoh-tokohnya, apalagi Lalita (ya iyalah, ini kan cerita tentang dia). Bisa dibilang, sembari membaca isinya, aku sekaligus mempelajari gaya penulisan Ayu Utami. Siapa tahu bisa jadi inspirasi untuk karyaku (tentunya tidak menjiplak).Dari segi isi sendiri juga sangat memukau saya. Aku cerita sedikit ya (tenang, tidak akan spoiler ^.^). Bermula dari pertemuan Yuda, seorang mahasiswa yang hobi panjat tebing dengan seorang wanita berusia sekitar 40tahunan pemilik galeri seni bernama Lalita, yang berdandan mewah dengan dominan warna ungu, yang membuat Yuda menjulukinya Perempuan Indigo.

“Wanita berlonceng yang berdandan mencolok dalam tanktop ungu ketat, sepatu biru gelap, lensa kontak nila, sepuhan mata warna bulu merak, menghisap rokok
ramping ungu. “
“Indigo adalah nama lain bagi biru yang mendekati ungu.”
“Kau tak mengatakan secara langsung pada seorang perempuan bahwa ia adalah perempuan ini atau perempuan itu. Apalagi perempuan dengan warna tertentu..Perempuan yang berdandan menor pastilah ingin dipuji cantik. Bukan dikomentari warnanya.”

Mereka bertemu untuk urusan pekerjaan, yang dimediasi oleh teman Yuda yang adalah pacar wanita itu, yaitu Oscar. Di awal, Lalita tidak terlalu memperhatikan Yuda. Yuda sendiri, sekalipun terkesima dengan keunikan wanita berumur ini, malah asyik dengan pikirannya sendiri, yang salah satunya mengenai sahabatnya, Parang Jati, yang marah padanya dan dengan sengaja mengajak kekasih Yuda, Marja, berlibur. Hingga akhirnya di acara yang dihadiri oleh mereka bertiga, Yuda menyelamatkan Lalita dari tindakan jahat seseorang yang cemburu pada wanita itu dan hubungan mereka pun menjadi lebih ‘akrab’. Lalita mengajak Yuda ke rumahnya dan menunjukkan padanya pengalaman dan pengetahuan baru (tentang seni, axis mundi, dan seks x] ) sekaligus rahasia-rahasia, yang sulit dipercaya, yang tersimpan dalam buku Indigo milik Lalita.

“Tapi Yuda tak bisa melupakan apa yang ia sebut sebagai “sensasi tutup sampanye’. Perempuan itu menyebutnya “axis mundi”. Bisakah ia mencapainya dengan Marja?”

Tapi tidak sampai di situ. Ternyata ada harga yang harus dibayar dari keterlibatannya dalam hidup Lalita. Tidak akan jadi masalah mungkin kalau saja Marja tidak dilibatkan…
Ya, selanjutnya silakan baca sendiri! Hehe.
Selain dari ceritanya, hal-hal lain dari segi isi yang aku suka adalah ilustrasi – ilustrasi yang menjelaskan beberapa komponen dalam cerita ini, sehingga pembaca tidak  kesulitan untuk membayangkannya. Belum lagi, di novel ini Ayu Utami menggabungkan sedikit kisah nyata ilmuwan kejiwaan dengan kisah salah satu tokoh di novel ini, sehingga aku bisa belajar sedikit mengenai masa lalu orang-orang seperti Carl Jung dan Sigmund Freud. Jujur saja, aku selalu kagum dengan novelis yang memasukkan tokoh-tokoh dunia nyata beserta kejadian yang mereka alami ke dalam dunia ciptaannya. Plus, aku pribadi seakan belajar tentang Candi Borobudur tapi dengan tidak ribet. Jadi nambah wawasan dan kesadaran untuk menghargai Borobudur. Oh ya, satu hal lagi yang bikin aku takjub, Ayu Utami bisa sekali menggambarkan adegan
bercinta (ehem, tahu kan maksudnya? hehe) jadi lebih…filosofis? Bingung juga menjelaskannya. Yah, itulah yang kesan yang aku dapatkan. Jadi makin kagum sama Ayu Utami.

Karakterisasinya sendiri cukup realistis, menurutku. Tidak ada tokoh yang sempurna baik , tapi tidak ada yang sempurna jahat juga sehingga cukup realistis. Mungkin yang bisa dibilang lumayan bermoral itu Parang Jati, tapi entah kenapa aku tidak tertarik. Hmm, sebenarnya aku sendiri tidak punya tokoh favorit di novel ini, entah kenapa. Dan ini pertama kalinya dalam sejarah tidak ada tokoh pria yang memukau diriku haha. Alhasil, aku benar-benar fokus sama penyelesaian masalah utama di novel ini dan berposisi netral terhadap kisah cinta para tokoh.
Setelah membaca novel ini, aku jadi penasaran sama novel-novel Ayu Utami yang lain. Mungkin setelah ini, aku akan mencari Bilangan Fu dan seri Bilangan Fu yang pertama, yaitu Manjali dan Cakrabirawa sehingga aku bisa lebih memahami kisah awal Yuda, Parang Jati, dan Marja. Sudah mencari di beberapa toko buku tapi belum ketemu hiks. Semoga bisa segera mendapatkan.
Kalau membaca review ini, pasti uda bisa ditebak kalau aku merekomendasikan kalian semua untuk membaca novel ini. Menambah wawasan dan menghibur.
Dan akhirnya, Ayu Utami jadi novelis favoritku. =)

“Kau tak akan pernah melihat wajahnya tanpa riasan. Selama ia masih hidup. Jika kau melihat itu, maka berarti ia mati. Ia sedang mati pada momen-momen itu.”

Rating : 4/5

Book Review : Paper Towns

Paper Towns

Paper Towns

Paper Towns
Title : Paper Towns  
Author : John Green
Publisher : Speak
Pages : 305 Pages
Year of Publication : 2009 (First published in 2008)
Language : English
Genre(s) : Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Adventure
Bought from : Books and Beyond (SunPlaza)
Synopsis and Cover Pic : Goodreads
Synopsis :
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.
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Of five John Green’s books that were displayed in the bookstores, I chose to read Paper Towns first. Actually I was more curious about The Fault in Our Stars, since this has gotten so famous that the movie adaptation was made and gonna be aired around July 2014. But the book was about 0.99 cent more expensive than Paper Towns so I thought I just tried the later. Yeah, money talked. Lol.I did not expect too much for the first time of reading Green’s But the title itself quite made me wonder when reading the prologue, like what is paper town? Does it has anything to do with the ‘me’ (who is Q, the main character as well as narrator of the story)? or Margo? And it pushed me towards the next page.

“The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Like, I will probably never be struck by lightning, or win a Nobel Prize, or become the dictator of a smal nation in the Pacific Islands, or contract terminal ear cancer, or spontaneously combust. But if you consider all the unlikely things together, at least one of them will probably happen to each of us. I could have seen it rain frogs. I could have stepped foot on Mars. I could have been eaten by a whale. I could have married the queen of England or survived months at sea. But my miracle was different. My miracle was this : out of all the houses in all the subdivisions in all of Florida, I ended up living next door to Margo Roth Spiegelman.” Q

I can say I enjoyed reading this novel. Green’s writing style seems to suit my taste, to the point, detailed about the setting, but entertaining. I also love the jokes in this books, told by some characters in this books. It’s so teenagers.

The story itself is interesting, the ideas, the characters, settings. Quentin or Q, as the main character as well as narrator of the story, was shown as a boy who was comfortable with his own life, a good boy to his parents and never made a trouble. Perhaps, the flaw in his life was being bullied by Chuck Parson ever since they knew each other. Also, he had this secret feeling with his childhood friend as well as neighbor, Margo. But he always thought she’s beyond his reach, even though they used to be so close until age 9, because she appeared to be so sociable, popular, but adventurous. She was completely different and in a different world with him. Eventually, an event got him close again with her, which made him able to know her more. But when he thought they could be like they used to be, Margo suddenly disappeared. Only leaving him some clues, which led to the title of this book, Paper Towns.

The searching of Margo didn’t only involve Q alone. Two Q’s best friends, Ben and Radar, and also Margo’s besties and later became Ben’s girlfriend, Lacey, joined Q’s journey. I really like Q, Ben, and Radar’s friendship. Each of them has different character. Ben’s somewhat silly, quite obsessed to have a prom date, often talking about ‘balls’, but fun to get along with. While Radar’s a genius in technology, smart, able to give way out to problems, though he can be dramatic when talking about his parents’ obsession. At first they two had different opinions with Q about Margo’s leaving. Q even happened to have an argument with Ben. But the fight didn’t last long and finally, they voluntarily joined Q and skip school graduation. With Lacey.

“You know your problem, Quentin? You keep expecting people not to be themselves. I mean, I could hate you for being massively unpuctual and for never being interested in anything other than Margo Roth Spiegelman, and for, like, never asking me about how it’s going with my girlfriend — but I don’t give a shit, man, because you’re you…I’m too obsessed with a reference web site to answer my phone sometimes when my friends call, or my girlfriend. That’s okay, too. That’s me. You like me anyway. And I like you. You’re funny, and you’re smart, and you may show up late, but you always show up eventually.” Radar

Though Q and Margo are the centre of this story, I prefer Radar and Ben. Radar is so nice and wise as a friend, and quite useful too in technology Lol. He is matured enough in dealing with people though he can be so absorbed when being around his reference website. He is also a good listener and good advisor. While Ben, though he is quite childish and silly, but he could cheer his friends up and a kind that would apologize once he knows he is wrong. And though appear ignorant, he can become the savior of his friends! Just read the book and you will see!

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I wasn’t thinking about none of y’all. I. Wanted. To. Save. My. Ass.” Ben (he said this in one of my favorite scene in this book. So funny Lol)
The characters that are so unpleasant to see is Margo’s parents. I am really grateful that I have parents that are happy to have me around though I make troubles so often. 

Well, the process of finding Margo finally makes Q realize that she may not be who she is known as all these times. Their previous conversation and the clues about paper town(s) helps Q not only finding where Margo is, but also getting close to understand who the real Margo is.

“I didn’t really look down and think about how everything was made of paper. I looked down and thought about how I was made of paper. I was the flimsy-foldable person, not everyone else. And here’s the thing about it. People love the idea of a paper girl. They always have. And the worst thing is that I loved it, too. I cultivated it, you know?” Margo

John Green through Paper Towns is kinda telling us that sometimes people can be mistaken in judging others. They may appear too unreachable for us, because of their status, their unique hobbies that differ from us, or the different peers each of us join. Even I myself often think that people that seem to be so sociable and obnoxious never feel lonely or hurt. Yeah, that makes us forget that they are also a human, who, like us, can also feel facing this world alone. 

Sometimes they become like what we think because we make them to. 

“Margo Roth Spiegelman was a person, too. And I had never quite thought of her that way, not really; it was a failure of all my previous imaginings. All along– not only since she left, but for a decade before– I had been imagining her without listening, without knowing she made as poor a window as I did. And so I could not imagine her as a person who could feel fear, who could feel isolated in a roomful of people, who could be shy about her record collection because it was too personal to share. Someone who might read travel books to escape having to live in the town that so many people escape to. Someone who–because no one thought she was a person– had no one to really talk to.” Q

Also, it’s good to realize the capacity we have to support the one we love, like Q towards Margo. He really loves Margo but he knows who he is and who she is, finally. And that makes him feel sure if he could stay with Margo or not.

“I can’t be you. You can’t be me. You can imagine another well– but never quite perfectly, you know?…”
Well, despite all the goods, I happened to feel so bored in the middle of the story and I was like ‘when will this Margo show up? When will this Q finally find her?’ And after all the enjoyment I got, the ending pissed me off. Quite. It’s not that disappointing actually, but It left me hanging, wondering about the conclusion. I kinda figure it out but still, I want Green to make sure it is like what I am thinking of. 

Yeah, but still, this book is worth your penny. =)

PS : I am sorry if my English is not so good and probably quite difficult to understand.

Rating : 4/5

“When did we see each other face to face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out”

Book Review : To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird
Title : To Kill A Mockingbird 
Author : Harper Lee
Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
Pages : 376 Pages
Year of Publication : 2010 (first published in 1960)
Language : English
Genre(s) : Historical Fiction, Classic,
Bought from : Books and Beyond (Sun Plaza, Medan)
Synopsis and Cover Pic : Goodreads

Synopsis :

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view .. until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

Tomboy Scout Finch comes of age in a small Alabama town during a crisis in 1935. She admires her father Atticus, how he deals with issues of racism, injustice, intolerance and bigotry, his courage and his love.

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I decided to read this novel due its popularity and achievements. No wonder I expected so much from this and… yeah! To Kill A Mockingbird proved me that there’s no doubt it deserved all good things it has. This novel was narrated by Scout, a young girl who lived in Maycomb with her father (Atticus Finch) and only brother (Jem), accompanied by Calpurnia, a Negroe who served Finch family and her father’s sister, Alexandra. Through the eyes of this girl, issues happening around her neighborhood were revealed, from a mysterious neighbor, a wrong interpretation of bible, discrimination and injustice. What makes this novel more interesting is the author presented all these through the eyes of a kid, who was still innocent, straightforward, and still living in a nongray area perspective; I mean, black is black, white is white, that simple. So contrast with adults’.

“There are just some kind of men who– who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.” Miss Maudie

This novel is good enough to make me keep reading but it still took me so long to finish, maybe because there’s only a few action scenes which usually attract me more. But the court scene…I could feel the tense there and felt pity towards Tom, the accused Negroe.

“I wanted you to see what real courage is… It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” Atticus

“I don’t care one peck. It ain’t right, somehow it ain’t right to do ’em that way. Hasn’t anybody got any business talking like that — it just makes me sick.” Dill

The characters are so memorable and lovable. I love the straightforward and tomboy Scout; the cool-headed and (trying-to-be) mature Jem, the sensitive and highly Dill, the wise dad Atticus, the beauty-loving-who-doesn’t-like-to-badmouth-others Miss Maudie, even the ‘cruel’ Mrs.Dubose and the mysterious-yet-soft-hearted Boo Radley. I want to be a parent like Atticus, a woman like Miss Maudie, and to have kids like Jem and Scout.  And among all the characters, I love Miss Maudie and Atticus most =)

People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.” Miss Maudie

“Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad.” Scout

I really recommend you guys to read To Kill A Mockingbird. It’s worth your purse Lol. You can learn many good things about life and as complicated adults, perhaps, can be moved to have a simple mind towards things.

“If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike why do they go out of their way to despise each other?” Jem

By the way, this novel has been adapted into movie in 1962 with the same title, staring Mary Badham (Scout), Philip Alford (Jem), and Gregory Peck (Atticus).  The movie was critically received, nominated and won awards from Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Cannes Film Festival in several categories.

Rating : 5/5

Book Review : Partials

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Partials
Title : Partials  (Partials Sequence, #1)
Author : Dan Wells
Publisher : Balzer + Bray
Pages : 468 Pages
Year of Publication : 2012
Language : English
Genre(s) : Young Adult, Science-Fiction, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic
Bought from : Kinokuniya Indonesia (Plaza Senayan)
Synopsis and Cover Pic : Goodreads
Synopsis :
The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what’s left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.
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This book caught my attention among any others in bookstore when I read the synopsis. With female as a main character, set in a dystopian society and time so far longer than present, and involving science, no wonder this book attracted me who loves reading mostly those kinds.But as I read every pages, turned to every chapter, I got bored. I couldn’t connect with the characters, not one of em, even Kira, the main one. I think it’s just that Wells’s writing style couldn’t hook me. In my opinion, if he’d targeted this novel to young girls, he should have, like, been more dramatic but not cheesy. I mostly can easily connect with female lead characters in books I read, even Twilight’s Bella LoL. Well, this is my personal preference perhaps.  Beside, I couldn’t be convinced why those characters did what they did. I know human race is in danger if we go extinct, but I just dont get it. Even the quite surprising ending, which actually can be expected by reading the jargon written in the cover, could not impress me and hook me to read the sequel, Fragments. Perhaps, Wells’s just doesn’t suit me? But despite all those things, I agree with the implicit idea I got from this book, that too much control over men brings no good; it only shows a fear one feels to lose his position. Men has a right to choose.
Rating : 3/5