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Monday, December 13, 2010

Special Blog Post - The Last Book in the Universe

          As part of a book club, we are reading a book by Rodman Philbrick, The Last Book in the Universe. In this book, the world is portrayed in two different sections; the Urb, a dingy, dark, depressing area filled with 'normals'. There is also another part of the Urb where there are family units for families to live together. On the other hand, there is the luxurious Eden with luscious grass occupied by proovs, humans that are genetically improved to be 'perfect'. This separation into two different worlds happened after the Big Shake, an earthquake that literally rocked the world, leaving most of it in mounds of dirt. The main character, Spaz, lives in the Urb when he meets Ryter, an old person who accompanies him on the most dangerous journey of his life. Together, they embark on a journey so malignant yet so exciting; a breathtaking page-turner...
          This book is filled with many features such as excellent vocabulary, intriguing dialogue, and new writing techniques. I recommend this book to any writer who is looking for fresh ideas to incorporate in their writing. This book is definitely a page-turner and unless you have extra time on your hand, I suggest waiting to read this book because when you do, you will find yourself reading whenever you have a chance; on the bus, in the car, in homeroom, and maybe even while you are brushing your teeth. If you are reading this post, you may have read my previous posts, and I'd like for you to keep in mind that my writing does not match that of this book. The reason I became hooked to this book was by the thought of how Ryter and Spaz both remember the past and how together, they change the lives of others, with the help of others.


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