Monday, September 7, 2009

The Sky Inside/The Walls Have Eyes by Clare B. Dunkle

This two-part (I think, there might be a third one at some point, I'm not sure) story tells the tale of Martin Glass and his family. Martin grows up in a perfect world. Everything is regulated, the 'sun' rises every morning to the top of their dome and no one has to experience the horrors of WEATHER. Every day the president poses a new question to his people who then vote on the issue at hand (what color tie he should wear, etc.) Most of the labor is done by bots, so people to strive to be mediocre, so they won't be qualified for a real job. Martin is happy, and so is his family. His little sister Cassie is a wonder baby, which means that she is super smart, like way too smart, and all of the teachers don't want to deal with her and the other wonder babies. (because what teacher likes to be dumber than the their students?) People are getting frustrated with the wonder babies and when a plan comes up to 'recall' them, everyone is happy. Everyone except Martin who of course relizes this recall, is just some pseudo Nazi way of getting rid of a bunch of unwanted children. After the children are 'recalled' Martin sets of fwith his robot dog Chip to rescue his sister, and steps out of the protective bubble he has lived in for the first time.

Ok. These books were interesting. The synopsis is basically for the first one, but the second one just continues the story after Martin becomes privy to a bunch of information regarding the world they live in and the way things are. I am not as enthusiastic about these books as say, the Hunger Games, but that is mostly because they were written for a younger audience. Say, THG for ten y/o. The story kind of drags at parts, and Martin is sometimes annoying, but the best part is definitely his dog. Chip can do anything Martin needs, including, pick locks, impersonate federal officers and turn onto a train car (that part is pretty awesome). I guess that I am not super enthusiastic about these books. It was a good story, and anyone who reads the first one will probably want to read the second one, but they were just a little dry. Oh well.

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