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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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andlt;bandgt;andlt;bigandgt;andlt;bigandgt;Martin lives in a perfect world.andlt;/bigandgt;andlt;/bigandgt;andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Every year a new generation of genetically-engineered children is shipped out to meet their parents. Every spring the residents of his town take down the snow they've stuck to their windows and put up flowers. Every morning his family gathers around their television and votes, like everyone else, for whatever matter of national importance the president has on the table. Today, it is the color of his drapes. It's business as usual under the protective dome of suburb HM1. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; And it's all about to come crashing down. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Because a stranger has come to take away all the little children, including Martin's sister, Cassie, and no one wants to talk about where she has gone. The way Martin sees it, he has a choice. He can remain in the dubious safety of HM1, with danger that no one wants to talk about lurking just beneath the surface, or he can actually break out of the suburb, into the mysterious land outside, rumored to be nothing but blowing sand for miles upon miles. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Acclaimed author Clare B. Dunkle has crafted a fresh and fast-paced science-fiction thriller, one that challenges her characters — and her readers — to look closer at the world they take for granted.

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andlt;Bandgt;Clare B. Dunkleandlt;/Bandgt; is the author of the well-received Hollow Kingdom trilogy as well as the first volume in this story, andlt;iandgt;The Sky Insideandlt;/iandgt;. She studied Russian and Latin at Trinity University, and also holds a a master's degree in library science from Indiana University. She was a member of the American Library Association and served on committees in ALCTS, ACRL, and LITA. She lives with her family in Texas.

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crowyhead, January 13, 2009 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Martin lives under a dome in the future version of a gated suburb. Everything is clean, everyone is nice (unless they aren't, in which case they tend to disappear), and all of the children have been genetically engineered to be good, healthy kids. The only source of strife is the most recent generation of new and improved children. These kids, like Martin's sister Cassie, just cause problems: they ask too many questions, they're much too intelligent, and they cause all kinds of problems because of this. No one knows how to handle them. Is a product recall in order?

I'd been looking forward to reading this, because I've greatly enjoyed Dunkle's fantasy novels, and I've found that even when she misses the mark slightly, her ideas are always fresh and her writing stands up well. I was disappointed when this novel didn't live up to my expectations. There are a lot of fresh, interesting ideas here, but they are jumbled up with cliches and entirely too many happy coincidences. The plot seems rambling, and all in all, this felt too much like the first draft of what might have turned out to be a really excellent YA science fiction novel. Instead, it's merely mediocre.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416924227
Author:
Dunkle, Clare B
Publisher:
Ginee Seo Books
Author:
Dunkle, Clare B.
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
Juvenile fiction
Subject:
Suspense/Thriller
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Genetic engineering
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jkt
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
12-17

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