Looking for Alaska

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Title: Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction

Date Published: March 3, 2005 (first published)
December 28, 2006

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Synopsis:

             Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . . 

              After. Nothing is ever the same.

Ratings: 4.7/5

 

My Review

“Alaska Young is Miles Halter’s Great Perhaps”

Here’s the thing, when I was in 8th grade I was obsessed with fantasy and adventure novels, particularly Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Those were the novels I love back then and it was greatly influenced by my seatmate (who I fangirl with). I wasn’t into ‘contemporary teen fiction’ novels yet. During free period, I decided to do my homework early while she read a novel named “Looking for Alaska”, the title itself was interesting and I had a feeling that it was one of those novels who has a profound meaning or symbolism lying underneath. It kind of confirmed my theory when I saw my seatmate crying. I was baffled, one minute she was just quietly reading and the next she’s crying her eyes out as she continues reading the novel. I asked her what’s wrong, she looked up and smiled, her red puffy eyes staring at me and then replied, “Nothing, it’s this book. It’s sad and beautiful”

I was ecstatic about this book, I was expecting it to be a life changing, philosophical novel and it didn’t fail me, from Dr. Hyde’s lessons to Alaska’s wise words and to their epic prank adventures. If I have read this book during my high school days, I think my whole high school experience would’ve been a little different; more fun and exciting even.

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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Director: Wes Ball

Screenplay: T.S. Nowlin

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Will Poulter, Barry Pepper, Patricia Clarkson, Rosa Salazar

Genre: Science Fiction, Action

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 127 minutes

Production Company: Gotham Group, Temple Hill Entertainment, Oddball Entertainment

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Release Date: January 26, 2018

Synopsis: Thomas leads some escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions that the Gladers have been asking since they arrived in the maze.

Rating: 4.1/5

My Review

The Hunger Games, Divergent or Maze Runner? Definitely the last one.

I knew from the beginning that the Maze Runner will be my favorite book and movie series under the dystopian and science fiction genre. Since 2012, when The Hunger Games movie franchise took the world by storm, several dystopian, science fiction young adult films surfaced such as Ender’s Game and The 5th Wave but only three came to the top: The Hunger Games series, the Divergent series and of course, The Maze Runner series.

The hype for dystopian science fiction stories ended a few years ago and probably the reason why Divergent’s third installment, Allegiant became a box office disappointment leading to the cancellation of the series’ final film. That was also my worry for The Death Cure, having been delayed in production due to Dylan O’Brien’s injuries on set while performing a stunt. As the premiere got closer, I was a bit worried it wouldn’t perform well on the box office because the hype for this genre had died down but seeing the numbers Maze Runner: The Death Cure garnered since its release date, I was relieved to find out that it was a success in the box office but I wouldn’t say the same with the critical response from of course, the critics.

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