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What a remarkable book. I am a longtime fan of YA/LGBT books, and thus I am also fully aware of the tropes, the recurring similarities that are part of their very nature. I tend to be indulgent of all that sameness, and focus mainly on the author’s writing and his/her hero development.What struck me most, as I read through this substantial novel during a long series of flights across the United States, was that this has the classic YA/LGBT set-up but is in fact something a amazing more complex and thoughtful than a typical book of this genre. What at first seems to be a teen romance with a sci-fi overlay gradually reveals itself to be an existential exploration of what it is to be a teenager; and not just a teenager. It is a book that will create adult readers stop and think and relive the pain of their own teen years in interesting ways.Oswald Pinkerton’s boyfriend, Tommy Ross, has disappeared. What’s worse, nobody, including Tommy’s parents, seems to remember that he existed at all. To create matters stranger, Ozzie has discovered that the universe is shrinking—fast.What does all this mean? Well, the key is to look past the intense, witty hero of Oswald Pinkerton, and to attention to the cast of characters around him: his older brother Warren, his parents, his best friends—the gender fluid Lua and the adopted Asian genius Dustin. There’s even the standard YA jock bully Trent and the emo loner Calvin. And, of course, the vanished boyfriend, Tommy, who is mixed-race, as well as his mother. These folks are not just window dressing to bolster the spotlight on Ozzie. As it turns out, these characters are essential to the overall impact of Hutchinson’s story, although that didn’t completely dawn on me until quite close to the tchinson weaves his tale of teen drama and (apparent) paranoia so deftly, that he deflects your attention from the true point, slowing turning up the anxiety and emotion, until a startling (yet, in retrospect, somehow obvious) reveal shatters the arc of the plot while simultaneously tying it all is poetic, and quietly terrifying. I found myself on the verge of tears almost constantly in the latest part of the book, as the first true glimmers of understanding hit me. Hutchinson has written a story that seems to be about one very interesting teenager, but really turns out to be about each of us, in one method or another.
it was a little bit bent but thats expected since i did a used copy, but other than some little creases it looks almost new. this is one of my favorite books, i first read it three years ago and i loved it. i definitely recommend this to any young adults who like to read/like books with a touch of romance
Haven't gotten very far into this book (about 25 pages) I am fond of the main character/narrator already, he is witty and has a bit of a twisted sense of humor, he just seems overly done with everything and bored (I can relate.) The mystery and scientific theories in the book create it an interesting read and support hold the reader engaged. I'm glad that there is more going on than purely romance. I'm intrigued and excited to read more.
As I read in Hutchinson's authors note, he's not one to shy away from subjects of mental illness. And that comes across in this novel extremely respectful, truthful, and representative. And the struggles these characters go through aren't just a checklist to create characters seem more interesting, they're developed aspects of them as people, as part of their histories and personalities. This is a book about life, about finding yourself, and discovering what's necessary to you. And I'd be lying if I didn't say I was fighting years the entire latest act. Beautifully written and wonderfully told.
I have no words to explain the level of amazing in this book, but I will rst of all, I'm so thankful to Jellybooks for giving me an advanced electronic copy to read. Latest year I read We Are the Ants and it became one of my favorite books of 2016. I was eager to read anything else by Shaun David Hutchinson. I'll be buying a physical copy of this attractive book as soon as it's released.I have so much love for this book. It follows Ozzie, a boy who exists in a universe where all trace of his boyfriend has been erased from everyone he knows. Throughout the story, Ozzie theorizes on the reasons why this happened, as well as trying to figure out why the universe keeps shrinking in size. On top of adoring Ozzie, I fell hard for all of his mates and family. Ozzie's best friend, Lua especially stole my heart, my lovely gender-fluid rockstar. And Dustin, who I'm beautiful sure was ace, also stole my heart. And Ozzie's brother, Renny. I mean, even Calvin was a little cinnamon roll, and I loved them aside from the characters, there were powerful friendships and relationships that constantly shifted, and it all created sense, even though it shouldn't have. As the universe shrunk, Ozzie's globe kept changing. It was frustrating, but also so relatable. I felt the same when I read We Are the Ants. It's one of those stories where you're aware something is off with the metaphysical world, but it makes excellent sense with the method you've felt mentally. It's hard to explain, but the author does attractive things with his stories.I don't think there's much of a plot to this book, which added so much more depth. It's a story about relationships, romantic and platonic. It's a story about love, loss, growth, courage, and moving on. It's about opening your eyes to the people in front of you, and showing them compassion and love. It's about life and death and the nothingness at the edge of the shrinking universe. As Ozzie lost traces of the life he'd always known, I mourned my own private losses. When you lose a loved one, sometimes it feels as if the universe swallowed them whole.I'm sad to have finished this book simply because I wanted to continue living in Ozzie's universe, as scary as it sometimes was. I wanted the story to go on. I'm looking forward to revisiting this book a lot of times in the future. I think that's a trend with all of Hutchinson's books, actually. I think he's now one of my favorite authors.I definitely recommend this to everyone. I would understand if other people didn't feel as strongly about this book. It resonated with me, but I don't expect it will with everyone. It's a very special type of book. I'm glad I found it.(Also, just have to mention the amazing, totally unexpected cameo of a certain pair from We Are in the Ants. It was a nice touch. It had me smiling like an idiot.)
Shaun David Hutchinson is easily one of my favorite authors, so I was highly expecting a amazing book. I wasn't allow down. Shaun never fails to write amazing books with realistic characters and amazing plot lines.**Spoilers ahead**Even though the main hero did not end up with a particular love interest, I was still left satisfied. This book really makes me think. Like, was it an alternative universe? I don't know, but I'm probably overthinking. If you ever wish a amazing book to read, this is a unbelievable choice.
amazing graphics .Ive been looling for a android game just like "murder in the alps" FOREVER and I finally found it . BTW obtain murder in the alps you will love it. i finish all the chapters and every single one was so amazing!!! obtain it . its awesome graphics and you have unlimited can go to settings and choose whether the caracters talk or not! you will not regret.
It's an ok game, bit random and kept crashing with Google games. (The remedy is to press the back button twice in to continue playing.) Not one of the best android games I have played. The hidden object android games were hard to view due to size of items. Tips kept taking me to the map and I thought the room would be highlighted but the highlighted room is the one you are already in.
This android game has a lot of issues, and should be offered for free, at least until all the problems are fixed. My major complaint is that a lot of of the puzzles have multiple solutions, but only a single designated solution is recognized as valid. For example, the puzzle at the castle gate requires you to fit together multiple pieces to fit into a frame; one of the pieces is a little rectangle that only solves the puzzle when inserted in the proper direction but fails to recognize it as solved when inserted in the same orientation but with the bottom at the top. Another example is the light, prism and mirror issue in the "city"... I managed to accomplish the stated goals, but the android game did not recognize the puzzle as solved. Additionally, at least on my Samsung Galaxy S8+, at least one of the puzzles cannot be solved because one of the controls does not work for the puzzle. I reported the problem to support, was told to uninstall, and then reinstall the android game to fix it, even though this meant that I would lose my progress in the game. In the interest of helping the developers, I went through this process, and worked my method back to the puzzle that originally did not work... it still did not work. Very frustrating to say the least. Lastly, the tip system needs a lot of work. A lot of times, clicking the tip simply points you to the map, leaving it up to you to choose the right location to move to in to progress... if you're lucky. In my case, it kept pointing me me to the same zone and the same puzzle, in spite of the fact that I obviously did not have the stuff required to solve it. Don't pay for this game... it simply isn't worth it. I give up and will uninstall this android game as soon as I submit this review. It has been a very disappointing experience and I won't recommend the android game to anyone.
Unfortunately the mini-game connecting the wires in the control panel does not complete at the end of the mini-game. Connected the wires, switched on, all sensors lit up but nothing happened. When I tried to exit the mini-game the whole android game had frozen. Don't know if I have patience to do the mini-game again. Pity, looked like it would be a amazing game, but there are a lot of glitches that need fixing.
At first I liked it,then I was stuck a lot,and using the tip was catastrophic,it pointed to the map,suggesting to go to another location,but not saying which,so u need to test all to search out where the next action is. At the end it became boring,so didn't finish
Amazing thought provoking android game for a possible future life situation. Didn't like the android games too difficult, and I say that after playing countless android games where I had no issue solving games. Actually took away the fun experience of being on another planet where life and death decisions must be reached rather quickly. Amazing android game though. Love the outer zone theme and want there were more like this one. Thanks for a fun 5star experience.