کتاب ویروس چشم قرمز

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In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, hes told theres something wrong with him. So when he meets a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach, Kester thinks hes finally gone crazy. But the animals have something to say. And they need him. The pigeons fly Kester to a wild place where the last creatures in the land have survived. A wise stag needs Kesters help, and together they must embark on a great journey, joined along the way by an overenthusiastic wolf cub, a military-trained cockroach, a mouse with a ritual for everything, and a stubborn girl named Polly. The animals saved Kester Jaynes. But can Kester save the animals?

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What a tremendously clever book. Unusual, unique, creative, compelling.

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I was torn between a 3.5 and 4 star, so I just bumped it up. This was a super creative story, that was full of action, adventure, and suspense. I dont want to say more than what is already in the description, as the plot is pretty simple- a boy can mentally speak with animals and embarks on a journey to save the last living animals from a virus that is killing them all. Telling you any more would probably ruin the book for you. I really loved the aspect of the boy being able to connect with animals on a deeper level, along with the whimsical funny parts. I was actually laughing in many parts. I already have the second book to continue on..

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I knew I was going to enjoy The Last Wild when I read the synopsis (hey, its talking animals, always a plus point for me!) but I had no idea exactly how much I was going to love it. Our main character is a young boy called Kester, a modern day Dr Doolittle who finds he has a rather unusual gift for talking to animals after a rather strange meeting with a rather bold little cockroach. The world that Kester inhabits is in terrible peril where an unusual disease has wiped out almost all the animals on Earth and the humans are reduced to eating a bland food-stuff known as @formula,@ to survive.

Kester is the first human the animals have been able to communicate with and they desperately need his help. After escaping from a home for @troubled children,@ Kester manages to gain the confidence and trust from the last few animals that he can help them from becoming wiped out forever. Kester joins forces with Polly, a young girl whose parents have disappeared and even though he cant communicate properly with her he has no such issues with a gentle stag, a boisterous wolf cub and the previously mentioned military cockroach, known as General of course (sir!). Kester has no idea however on how intense and dangerous his mission to save the last wild will become. There are villains aplenty, eager to thwart Kester at every turn, but also new friends to meet and protect, a cure to figure out and a world to change.

This is a fantastic and imaginative debut novel that Im certain is destined to become a classic in the world of childrens literature. I love the animal characters and the bond that develops between them and Kester as the story develops and the adventure and excitement of the plot is non stop and intensely readable. I also enjoyed the message that the author was trying to get across which was combined with such a wonderful sense of humour and fun that it was always a treat to be reading it. Piers Torday has created a lovely little mystery within the plot and I cant wait to see how it develops over the series and affects Kester as a character. I must also mention the illustrations in this novel by Thomas Flintham, especially the map at the beginning which let the reader picture the surroundings with perfect clarity. Finally, I have to mention the villains of the piece, who I absolutely loved to hate and who may go down in literature history as being some of the creepiest and creative individuals that just came alive and jumped off the page for me. A brilliant start to a beautiful and thought-provoking new series for children that will easily appeal to adults too, I cant wait to see what the future holds for Kester and his Last Wild.

For my full review please see my blog at http://www.bibliobeth.com

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Torday, P. (2013). The last wild. New York: Penguin Group/Viking. 322 pp. ISBN: 978-0-670-01554-2. (Hardcover); $16.99.

Debut novels are, perhaps, the most fun to review. Readers do not know the author and have no prior background knowledge of characters, writing style, etc. This debut novel is especially fun to share. Come on! A talking cockroach with a deep bass voice! How could any reader not adore that? And Kester James—I love the name of the main character! Did I mention that the Cockroach is called the General? Talk about the dancing harvest mouse? Lest the exclamation point police ban me from these pages, lets move from delightful details to a story summary: In this dystopian novel, all the world’s animals are rapidly dying off due to a deadly red-eye disease. Factorium is responsible for supplying the world’s food supply. “First the animals we eat went, and then the bees went, and then the crops and fruit went. Vegetable were contaminated.” (p. 11). Eventually all fresh and frozen food disappear. Factorium begins supplying a formula that “satisfies all your daily nutritional needs.” Meanwhile, 12-year-old Kester has been sent to Spectrum Hall, a prison-like home, complete with a Warden, for challenging children. Kester’s mother is a casualty of this world and Kester no longer speaks—at least to people. He gradually discovers that he is able to communicate with The General, a cockroach. He also discovers that cockroaches and pigeons and moths and spiders have been sent to find him and bring him to the Last Wild. Kester meets up with a stag and a wolf and the few band of remaining animals that tell him he is destined to save the animals of the Last Wild. While dancing mice and in-your-face pigeons, etc. provide splendid entertainment, what elevates The Last Wild is the very believable real-life scenario that this humor frames: increased sizes of megafarms, collapse of pollinator bee colonies, increased dependence on science to create synthetic food additives and products, transgenic organisms, etc. When Kester teams up with Polly, the story moves more deeply into mythological mode. While I began this review suggesting that what makes this book worth buying are the numerous fabulous quirky characters and details, let me end it by saying that middle school and high school libraries should purchase this book because of its high quality literary elements, not the least of which is the unique voices of the various talking animals. Did I say how much I enjoy the General? The story feels complete and yet readers will cheer because Torday is finishing up the second half of this terrific debut fantasy!

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Ive been a bit quiet recently because 6 weeks ago I gave birth to a lovely baby girl called Wren. Throughout my pregnancy and early weeks of being a new mum I was very distracted and found it much harder to find the time to read. This is a particular shame as obviously I adore reading.

I am determined to get back to reading much more frequently and have just finished the first book since I gave birth. I managed to do this by reading out loud to Wren when I am feeding her. Its supposed to be really important to read to children and Ive decided that since shes so long it doesnt really matter what I read its just the reading that counts.

I picked The Last Wild because I thought it would be a short easy read to get started with, but Im really glad I did. It is a funny, engaging young adult book which I genuinely enjoyed and which actually lent itself quite well to being read out loud.

I didnt know anything about this book, from the cover I thought it would be about a boy running around on Scottish moors and befriending a deer, so I was quite surprised when it opened with a boy who cant speak living in a boarding school in a future distopia where all the animals have died. One day the boy Kester Jaynes discovers that he is able to speak to vermin, seemingly the only non-human creatures left. He is rescued from the boarding school by some cockroaches and pigeons and taken to the last place on earth where animals live. Here he joins with a stag and a wolf cub to take on a quest to cure the illness which has killed the animals.

In some ways this book is your standard childrens quest book, with a journey and various challenges and dangerous situations along the route. However, I think it is a cut above many of these books because it is genuinely funny in places. I loved the character of the wolf-cub, who is constantly declaring that he is the best at everything and the harvest mouse who has a special dance for all situations. Its a really fun read which I think most early children aged about 10 onwards would enjoy.

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