Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

let-the-right-one-inOskar was weird, in the bad-kind-of-way, which is probably why he’s a soft target for the bullies in his school. Oskar was more of like the quiet guy who sits at the back of the class, who had no friends at all. Oskar could be described as dull, without anything sticking out of him at all. Oskar himself lived inside a broken family. His mother was probably the only person he had a connection with, his father’s status unknown. Alcoholic, he was assumed to be living in the countryside.

The harsh bullying  he received and the loneliness which followed caused him to have an unnatural tendency to collect clippings of articles regarding crimes and murders. With a quick deal with his friend Tommy, Oskar had acquired a knife for himself, where he could spend his time plunging the blade into wood. He would fantasize himself plunging a knife into the gut of the ringleader of the bullies–Jonny.

Every bullied kid feels that way. Oskar is an example of someone that has been broken inside. There are many psychological things that would come with bullying and neglect. Oskar was described to be a very quiet boy, unable to stand up for himself to the point where he couldn’t even raise his own hand. He even had a piss-ball, making the torment that he goes through daily just something that should be faced without a fight, so that he could escape the problem faster. Oskar longs for somebody who could protect him, even to the point where he was ready to tail a policeman and hopes to get offered some form of shield from himself and the bullies.

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The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

the talented mr ripleyWhat Tom Ripley wanted is to be rich, and happy, but it is not possible yet. He goes around the streets, being a nobody, trying to avoid the cops left and right, from a possible recent crime. The story starts with Tom feeling that he is being followed. He tries to shake off whoever is following him, with the possible theory that he is being shadowed by the police. I could imagine him clearly in my mind, a thin man with a long coat and a hat to cover his face, and a pipe sticking out, looking as inconspicuous as possible.

When he is finally cornered by his follower, Tom finds out that (1) His follower is not a cop. (2) It is Mr.Greenleaf, the father of one of Tom’s old friends, Dickie Greenleaf, or rather, Richard Greenleaf. (3) Mr. Greenleaf, and his wife who suffers lukemia, (3) Tom is getting paid for a trip to Europe and for everything after that, under the condition that he has try and persuade Dickie to come home. Tom happily obliges.

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When The Wind Blows by James Patterson

when the wind blowsModern science had advanced so far, until scientists had created a hybrid between a human and a bird, only, they are doing it illegally. In this story, Max (an eleven year old girl with wings), and her brother Matthew, escapes the ‘school’ – a nickname for the place they stay, which is, a sort of a secret laboratory in the mountains. Some genetic researchers who work there create a small group of children with wings. Max and Matthew are one of the hybrids, and since they are half bird, they are able to fly when one day, they run away. Thanks to “the hunters” –  those who work in the lab – chase them with guns, the two siblings get separated.

That’s where the thrill begins…

When The Wind Blows by James Patterson grabbed me in the first chapter. It is a touching story about a group of children who are mistreated and misused for the benefit of another group of people. This group is using the children as test subjects by mutating cells of different animals and using host women to give birth to the children. These children are born mutated; some have wings, some have no faces, and some do not even survive. The ones that die, or are later “put to sleep” are stuffed away.

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Zoo by James Patterson and Micheal Ledwidge

zooThis story was one of my cherished stories, as it consists of animals, which are my favorite things in the worlds. Like Michael Chrichton’s books, this book is a techno-thriller set in the present day. It explores about a mystery illness that suddenly spreading around the world. The story is so real, but I can assure the readers, that it is entirely a fiction; well, let’s hope it will be. This is also my first book that I will be reviewing on a writer who works together with another writer.

Jackson Oz is a young biologist. He knows that the day is coming; he’s been steadily studying animal behavior toward humans for years. At the first few pages, he has a housemate, a chimpanze that is staying with him temporarily, named Atilla, and they are leading a normal and good life. That is a few years when animal attacks started rising everywhere. The prolog says about Mosa and Dominik, a pair of lions in a zoo which start attacking people.

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Jurassic Park: The Lost World by Michael Crichton

jurassic_park003After watching the first series of Jurassic Park, I still remember one quote by Ian Malcolm. “God creates Dinosaurs, God destroys Dinosaurs, God creates Man, Man destroys God, Man creates Dinosaurs.”

The next day, Mom suddenly appeared from nowhere, holding a big plastic bag labeled Kinokuniya. I quickly followed her around the house hoping for her to say, “Hi Elysa, I got one book called _______ from the bookstore.” But instead she took out six books! Six! She explained to me the genre of the books. I pointed at the second Jurassic Park book, titled “The Lost World”. Mom bought the second book because she thought after I watched the first movie, I would be interested to read the second one.

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There was a rumor from Costa Rica –  six years after the disaster. The energy and electricity had a problem which made all the dinosaurs (Tyrannosaurus and some Velociraptors) ran away. At Hammond Zoo, they ate up some people who  were investigating the zoo, and the rest narrowly escaped. Some strange, weird, and unidentified creature corpses were washed on some islands. This made Dr. Levine, working together with Dr. Ian Malcolm, wanted to check it out.  Levine was a very annoying and smart. Some people said, “He remembers all the bones of an extinct creatures and won’t let anybody forget about it.”

After traveling and finding the corpses, Dr. Levine  figured out that they must be coming from Isla Sorna. Suddenly, he was gone. He made his assistants, Arby, who was 11 and Kelly who was 13, really worried. They contacted Dr. Throne, who was instructed by Levine to make a light and strong  car for his expedition. Dr. Throne too became worried and contacted Sarah Harding and Ian Malcolm about his disappearance. They both agreed to come with him. Throne left with Eddie, his workman.

Kelly and Arby wanted to come too but were forbidden by Throne. But they sneaked into one of Dr. Throne’s cars. They departed to Isla Sorna with Sarah catching up because she was in Tanzania, Africa, researching on lions and hyenas. Throne, Eddie, and Malcolm found an old lab, while Arby found a computer in the car which were actually cameras to monitor the dinosaurs.

When the dinosaurs were infants, they had a mysterious disease called DX. All the infants were thrown to the park with tags for the hope they would survive on their own. But they were captured and kept in the zoo. Six years ago, all the dinosaurs in the zoo were destroyed, but the ones in Isla Sorna were not.

As Throne, Eddie and Malcolm exited, they received a call from Arby about a location of a T-Rex that was so near to them. They narrowly escaped the tyrannosaurus. They managed to find Dr. Levine in a T-Rex nest. Meanwhile, Sarah had arrived on the island with the help of Dodgson, who actually came there with King and Baselton. They came to island to steal all the dinosaur’s eggs. Sarah was picked up by Ian Malcolm and Dr. Throne. The thieves managed to steal a Maiasaurus egg. They soon arrived to the dreaded T-Rex nest. Sadly, they were misinformed that tyrannosauruses couldn’t see objects that couldn’t move. Baselton was killed, but King and Dodgson escaped; chased by the T-Rex parents.

What happened next was the team went on to investigate the nest to find a baby injured. Eddie stupidly brought the baby back to the camp, where the rest of the team disappeared to the high hide leaving Ian and Sarah to tend the infant. After healed, they were nearly killed by the parents and escaped to the high hide with the help of Dr. Throne. To make it worse, there was a Velociraptor’s attack! King and Eddie was killed and eaten, and Arby was almost killed. Sarah and Dodgson ended up under a car. Shortly after Sarah was battling the Velociraptors, Dodgson was taken back to the nest and was killed by the infant tyrannosaurus.

After returning to the team safely, Sarah and the remaining people, Levine, Ian, Arby, Kelly and Thorne, ran away from Velociraptors. They escaped from the island with a helicopter.

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After reading this book, I asked to myself many questions about God, creation, and extinction. My mom and I went into a heavy discussion about playing God, cloning the dinosaurs, and the extinction of humans. Even though I enjoy reading the story, making sense of this  book is so complicated, it is causing my head hurts. It is difficult to put down the main concepts from my brain into words. Maybe because I am too little to understand.

Why I like the quote from the line above: “God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs” is because that line is totally true. It is not scientific nonsense. God really created the dinosaurs, and the extinction of dinosaurs means God destroyed them, then there was human. Humans were created by God, but humans had sins and they destroyed God, and humans (only in Jurassic Park realm) recreated dinosaurs that were unaware which century they were in.

I have lots of questions to ask about the book when I finished reading.

  • Who created the idea of God creating humans?
  • Why and what is the reason that dinosaurs are extinct?
  • Is it okay to play God?
  • When Ian Malcolm said “Nature finds its way”, does nature mean God here?
  • Could it be possible that humans would extinct one day?

Maybe some people can answer them, maybe some people can’t answer them. Or maybe there is no answer for those questions. But from now, the answer is very complicated for a little 10-year-old girl, but maybe when I am a bit older, I am going to find out.