Thursday, May 12, 2011

Silverfin by Charlie Higson

Reviewed by Nathan Adam (Year 9) as part of the 50 Book Challenge

This is a story about when James Bond when he was a child.  James goes to Scotland to visit his uncle who used to be a World War 2 spy, he teaches James all kinds of skills including how to drive a car, which will come in handy later in the story.

James makes an enemy at a school competition, this was the part I liked the best because the enemy cheated at the competition but still lost.  This turns out to be a problem, because then the Dad of that enemy tries to kill him when James accidentally finds out about a secret project. There is heaps of action and it gets really exciting but the action takes ages to actually get going.

This is an awesome book, everyone should read it.

Room by Emma Donoghue

Room is a book which is whipping round the King's staff room at the moment.  This story is a powerful and complicated one but on the surface it seems so simple.  It is the story of Jack, who is 5 and his mother who is in her early twenties, they live in Room.  Room is all Jack has ever known because his mother was abducted when she was 19 and has been a prisoner ever since, living in a locked room in the back garden of an ordinary house in an ordinary street in suburban England.  They have no world outside of Room, where they can only see a small slice of daylight through a ceiling window, they have a television but Jack doesn't understand that the things he sees on the television really do exist in a whole world outside of Room.  Room is the world as far as Jack is concerned.

And then, everything changes. 

I really don't want to give away the plot of the book because one of the best things about it is the creeping realisation of what is going to happen.  It is not for the faint hearted, and the story is one that will stay with you for a long time, giving you lots to ponder over.

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