Wow. This book has made it to my favorites shelf, and will be a favorite book for this year.
Dark Matter is a classic science fiction book that presents itself in an entirely new way.
Jason is a physics professor that is kidnapped one night. He wakes up unsure of where he is. Has his grip on reality slipped, or is there another explanation? Dark Matter is a thriller, science fiction, and a love story. I was on the edge of my seat and was believing in true love. All the while my science nerdiness was completely captivated.
Just when the book started to settle down more wrenches were thrown into the mix. I stopped reading and wondered: “wow, why didn’t I think of that.” The way the story turned made perfect sense, after Crouch wrote it. The ending was also amazing. It was the perfect ending, by not being an ending at all.
I picked up this book because I had heard so many wonderful things about it. It is easy for a book to not live up to the hype. Dark Matter surpasses the hype. It is the best science fiction that I have read in a while.
The Rose Society is a weird book for me to review. I say this not because the book is weird, just how I feel about it. I love the writing and I found the characters very dynamic and well crafted. The world building is also wonderful, although I do feel a little lost about geography.
However, I do not like any of the characters. It has nothing to do with how they are written, if anything it is the exact opposite. They are so well written that I can see their complexities and their uniqueness. It is just that I do not like any of them. It is hard to read a book that I do not connect with. I do not get why Adelina has guys swooning all over her. She is vicious and nieve.
Overall, I enjoyed the writing and the world. I mean the very concept of the world is fascinating. It is just that I do not like the characters and I felt that the story did not seem complete. Hopefully, more is filled in the next book.
Have you ever heard the saying "Meet a child with autism, and you have met ONE child with autism"? This book reminds me of that saying. It is ONE child's answers on autism. It is a rare book, because that one child was a child who was non verbal. Unlike myself, who grew up with Asperger's, who was expected to intuitively know the world around me, yet I did not.
The book is written in question and answer format. In between answers, occasionally, Higashida's short stories are thrown in. The absolutely most annoying aspect of this book to me, is that questions are asked multiple times with only minor variations. Even more annoying is when different answers are given.
If you are a parent who is grasping for any understanding of what your non verbal child must be thinking, then I think that you should read this book. However, I think you should remember that it was written by ONE thirteen year old boy. Everyone's experiences and explanations are going to be different. Also, like a typical thirteen year old it is written like the author is the final authority on everything. For example, Higashida writes about how children with autism are attracted to water because of some sub-primal connection. While being way over dramatic I also completely disagree with his answer. I think children with autism are attracted to water because of the way light shines off it - I know this is why I am attracted to water. I also think that swimming can be a great sensory experience, water pressing on all aspects of the individuals body. This, to me, is a much simpler and more realistic explanation for while children with autism are attracted to water.
It is not that I disagree with anything that Higashida says in his novel The Reason I jump, it is more that I think it was a bit too dramatic. It also relates individuals with autism with the divine, and gives individuals with autism too much of an above society label. Based on my experience, both personal and professional, this is not the case. Individuals with autism, are just individuals that do not always fit the mold that society presents. I would think that a book that Higashida wrote now that he is a young adult would be much different then the one that he wrote when he was thirteen. Yet, that is one of the interesting aspects of reading this book. There are not many books on the market written by an adolescent with autism.
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