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Delightful and dystopian

lighthouse  Here is  story of the future (once again) and this time the world’s population has gone crazy!  Water & food is scarce, there are no borders, and the “government’ controls all. The book follows a young girl who starts the story as Raisa.   Raisa is abandoned by her parents in a crowded city when she is 4 years old.  She is picked up and placed in an orphanage and her name is changed to Nadia.   The “government agency” controls the general population through the television, Big Radio and officers.   Fortunately, for Nadia….she has become temporarily blind and cannot watch the television, but she can hear it.  She quickly learns about a wonderful place called Lighthouse Island,  It is place abundant with water.    Nadia makes it her goal to get to this place no matter what.  She is quite clever and cunning….a great female character.  We see her grow up and plan her escape.   Nadia cons her way into the hotel where she finds water in the form of showers, swimming pool and to drink.  She also finds a rare cat….most animals have been killed off for food.  She finds refuge on the roof.  She prefers to be alone and finds comfort at looking in the night sky…dreaming of Lighthouse Island.  This is when James enters.  He is a man of important position and works for the “government”.  However, he is secretly creating maps…something that has been long gone and goes against the agency.  James now finds himself in a wheelchair due to an accident when he meets Nadia.  He does not let on to just how powerful he is….he enjoys her company and the two of them spend the night talking and talking.  A bond forms and James becomes her ally.

This begins a mutual and romantic quest for the two of them to escape the crowded, controlling city and find a place to live freely.

I read this book quickly….it moved fast.  I did have to stop and slow down a few times since all the dialogue was written without quotes….it took a few chapters to adapt, but I did quite well…thank you.  The story was original and descriptive.  I could picture the cities and the people….in my head it was all gray and dreary.  It is a world where technology has failed and there is no longer a “cloud”or anytime of technology as we know it.  Nadia finds remnants of paper books and devours them.  A girl I could relate.  Fun has been sucked out of everything.  No one trusts anyone.  The world has failed its people.  Yet, there is hope within the hearts and souls of James and Nadia.

I will be looking for more books by Paulette Jiles.


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Beautiful Tribute

mike greenberg  This is a book by Mike Greenberg.  Yes, he is one of the hosts of on ESPN.  So I thought this was odd that he had written a book about 3 women.  A chick book.  I read the dedication and saw that it was written in memory of a good friend of himself and his wife.  Her name was Heidi.  She died of breast cancer.  At the end, I learned about Heidi and what she meant to the Greenberg family.  I also learned that 100% of the profits from the book will be donated to Cancer Research.  What a truly wonderful way to cherish the memory and life of a dear friend.

The story starts with three separate stories of three very different women.  Brooke has  been married happily to her college sweetheart and has twins.  She lives for her family and making them happy.  Samantha is a 28-year-old who has come from money and has just married.  She is in athletic and health-conscious.  She is in Hawaii on her honeymoon when she discovers her husband’s affair….after 2 days of marriage.  And Katherine is about to turn 40 and has put all her time and energy into her career and she worth millions.  Though she has no one to share her life with…except her driver.  All three of these women have breast cancer and form a friendship through an online support group.  This is their story.


I have to add this little bit that bothered me.  Samantha is in Hawaii when she discovers her husband’s infidelity.  She goes out for a run and at the end finds out she just ran 18 miles.  Really?  OK ,maybe.  Then she decides to sign up for the IRONMAN in Kona the next month.  Ummmm… need to qualify for that race.  I guess maybe she had done a previous Ironman and had a qualifying time, but that was not mentioned.  So she begins training and trains for a little over a month.  She finished the race in a little over 10 hours.  Really?  I guess it could be possible, but I am not buying it.  I have a few friends who have competed in Ironmans and have trained for a lot longer than one month.  I am sure Greenberg’s purpose was to show how healthy Samantha was and that she still got cancer.  I think he could have accomplished this by having her run a marathon or something else besides an Ironman.  Enough said on that.

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