Friday, May 09, 2014

The One Safe PlaceThe One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopia

I love a good dystopian adventure, Stephen King’s The Stand is one of my favorite books, and it is fairly easy to find a dystopian themed book for adults. But you don’t often see one that is geared toward the young reader. Not sure why? Because young readers are bombarded with horrific scenes everyday so why not more so in books. This book is written so that the young reader can experience a dystopian society that is filtered from to much horrible stuff, such as those found in Stephen King’s The Stand. There are a lot of educational points made throughout the book: such as global warming and the environment, I mean it barely rains and everything is pretty much dried up and dead, and those with the water are the wealthiest living off the needs of others; technology is also talked about because of the reason the kids are invited to the home in the first place, not trying to give anything away, but the story makes a point of when does technology go to far, these kids are trapped and basically technology is ruining their childhood and is also placing a huge mental and physical strain upon these children; which brings us to the rights of children, even today this is something that kids see on the news, where other children are being abused or mistreated, where does the rights of children stand. This is why this book stands out!

I was not to thrilled nor to disgusted with this book, indifferent would be a good word, it was just a shrug and a “humph”.

Am I glad I read the book?

Yes and I am especially glad that this topic was approached for this age group and that it didn’t involve supernatural creatures.

Would I read the book again?

Nope probably not. Just not a good reread for me because I just wasn’t that in to it.

Would I recommend this book to anyone?

Yes I would. This book was written for those 10 year of age and up but I really feel that this is more for the 10-12 year old’s and less for anyone older than that. The topics in this book are pretty gender neutral so I think both girls and boys would enjoy it just about the same.

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