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The other day I just happened to be laying next to Lovemuffin as I was trying to narrow down my next read.
Pity Isn't an Option
We ran out of water at the halfway point and still had a long way to get back to the cars. The mother of the other family collapsed with heat exhaustion. We walked along a dry riverbed looking for water. And we sucked on Juniper berries. Did I mention we prayed? When we discovered water, we went crazy, jumping all over in it, soaking our hot skin and our clothes, drinking it where it ran down the rocks. Best day of my childhood. I don't even remember the hike back. Just that incredible moment when our prayers were answered and we could fill out canteens for our friends waiting up the trail.
One day, one simple adventure. It's the first of a series. The author classifies it as YA contemporary with dystopian elements. I'd classify it as near-future YA dystopian. It's a five-years-down-the-road-if-the-economy-keeps-going-downhill-and-our-political-system-gets-even-more-corrupt kind of thing. President Kendrick refuses to relinquish the presidency, and he's forcibly conscripting a civilian army for some unknown purpose.
All the citizens know is that when their fathers and sons are taken, they are never heard from again. The Union holds meetings and talks about fighting back, but everyone is scared and nothing ever really happens. Hattie and Jonas experience a day-to-day tension that finally reaches a boiling point and forces them to action. By that point, I felt a bond with the characters that wouldn't let me go.
Wanless, their town, just feels all too real.
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It doesn't help that I just read the part in Gone with the Wind when the land around Tara is desolated. The theme of the book from my perspective is Luke And Jonas and Hattie do not disappoint on that score. Pity isn't an option when you're trying to survive In her YA debut, Jessica Brooks has written a novel in a realistic dystopian setting that captivates and explores how people live on when faced with difficult situations. Jonas is a boy with a rare blood disease that is struggling to be normal and doesn't want to be seen for the condition that he has but for what he is.
Hattie is a girl who is coping with a life filled with a bleak future, looking out for her younger sister Lucy and trying to make things work at home. The two have been friends for as long as they could remember - but a will it develop into something more? Sometimes it's not what you see that is important. It's what you feel I loved how the author incorporated such meaningful quotes throughout the novel that gave the characters depth and the capacity to resonate with the audience.
The fact that the book was written with alternating points of view from both Jonas' and Hattie's also made it interesting to see their different perspectives on how they felt about each other and the fact that their lives were getting much more unstable. Although there wasn't a great deal of world-building and what was given was quite vague, the character development certainly made up for this slight flaw.
This novel had something that some dystopian novels lack: The ending was a cliffhanger for sure and makes you realize the lengths some people will go to in order for them to protect those they care for. I am definitely hoping for the sequel to this one - as Jessica Brooks has definitely left us hanging! Apr 14, Madisyn rated it really liked it Shelves: Check out the full review on my blog: I started this on New Year's Day with less than 2 hours of sleep. That was a bad, bad idea. I probably missed important points under that hallucination of a day. It gives me a headache just thinking about it But anyway, that is not a good way to start off a book.
I was such of Check out the full review on my blog: I was such of a confused mess for about a month that couldn't get into it. It frustrated the crap out of me. But after reading what it was about a few times on Goodreads, I finally got into it. Not too much happens in the beginning, but I loved Jonas. He reminded me so much of myself that it wasn't even funny. I just wanted to hug him.
I feel like he's on the list of my fictional brothers. Also the whole beginning involved me almost murdering Micah because he was being a little jerk. Also, random side note. I just kept thinking Jonas was Hattie and Hattie was Jonas and it was a mess. That could have been part of the reason it took me so long to get into it. I'd just read thinking Jonas was talking, but then Jonas would be addressed by name, and I'd realize oh wait!
Yes, but then things happened! Drafts and fights and arguing and disappearances! And then they went on a journey! Although I'm not gonna tell ya what they were looking for I-I ship them so hard. But guys, the end. I got really really worried.
And not because I was in a car in the middle of a blizzard an hour from home with my sister and brother-in-law. It did make the situation more worrisome though.
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Titanic, my wrist, the car trip, this book, you get the point And the end end. I love Jonas, but I debated strangling him. I know it's all meaningful and heartfelt and he's helping, but NO. I love him, and I ship Jattie? Idk , and I don't want my ship to die because of a certain person. I forgot about Jonas and his dad's sweet little moment. It like inspired me and hit me so hard in the heart. Like Jonas and I are so similar and that made me feel so good.
But even though it took forever for me to get into this lovely book, the ending just killed me. Y'all should go read it and Jessica's other books. They are absolutely amazing! I hope all of you have a fabulous day! It was a pleasurable day that's so cold that we didn't have school, so I wrote ya two book reviews! I love ya, guys! This book made me fell slightly sad and slightly happy when I finished it.
However, despite being a beautiful and a bit of a moving book, it did feel a little slow. For the bulk of the book, I kept wondering where it was going, and when it would get there. Honestly, it was the last twenty-five to thirty-five percent of the book that made it for me. I give the author props for creating a dystopia story that really doesn't feel like the typical one.
It wasn't one of those ones where there was a rebellion, and the government was overthrown, or anything like that. This book featured pretty regular people that struggled with the weather, the economy, president's orders, and a lot of things that quite relatable. This book was one that reminded me of watching a drama movie—the kind that moves slower in the beginning but then gets really interesting towards the end because a bunch of meaningful things start happening.
I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys those types of books. Jan 13, Susan rated it really liked it. This is a well written distopian book, with lots of character depth and showing how the government is making life change. You are following Jonas and his family coping with his health issue as well as seeing his best friend dealing with her family issues.
I don't want to accidentally spoil anything but the Intrigue and twists left me wanting more!!! I have very mixed feeling about Pity Isn't an Option. I liked the premise of the story and the main characters Jonas and Hattie. But overall the story moved too slowly for my pace. Jonas is a boy with a rare blood disease that is struggling to be normal and doesn't want to be seen for the condition that he has but for what he is. Hattie is a girl who is coping with a life filled with a bleak future, looking out for her younger sister Lucy and trying to make things work at home.
The two have been friends for as long as they could remember - but a will it develop into something more?
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Sometimes it's not what you see that is important. It's what you feel I loved how the author incorporated such meaningful quotes throughout the novel that gave the characters depth and the capacity to resonate with the audience. The fact that the book was written with alternating points of view from both Jonas' and Hattie's also made it interesting to see their different perspectives on how they felt about each other and the fact that their lives were getting to much more unstable.
Although there wasn't a great deal of world-building and what was given was quite vague, the character development certainly made up for this slight flaw. This novel had something that some dystopian novels lack: The ending was a cliffhanger for sure and makes you realize the lengths some people will go to in order for them to protect those they care for. I am definitely hoping for the sequel to this one - as Jessica Brooks has definitely left us hanging!
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