This book was just simply amazing i enjoyed reading it there was never a dull point in the book i was on the edge of my sit with every twist and turn that came along with this book just simply loved it Having taught English or 10 years I can safely say this has been the worst novel I ve ever taught My problems with the bookCharacters The characters are poorly developed Ettie is an unreliable narrator and her personality does little to nothing to create sympathy in the reader If I don t care about the character s goals what is the point in reading about her In addition the other central characters are not memorable in any way The society in Slum City is so striated that it makes things unnecessarily difficult The book could have worked just ine with three main classes the posh the workers and the rejects Sub sectors of each class should not take up as much plot time as they do Bulbring gives us no reason to care about the other classes as they are often only used to urther the storyline There is nothing inherently wrong with this but then don t ask us to care about these groups who serve no real purpose Structure The story structure gives the impression that it was written as one lengthy novel but was then cut randomly in order to make a seueltrilogy Once again I have nothing against a good seuel but the books should be well written enough to stand alone The general At Sixes and Sevens feedbackrom students is that the novel s ending is illogical and The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole frustrating Worldbuilding The novel is set in the dystopian Slum City and Bulbring does everything she can to constantly remind us that this world is so deeply broken and people have lost all sense of their common humanity However she seems to have decided on the is approach and conseuently the novel is peppered with unnecessarily graphic descriptions ofist sized lies oppressive heat bug juice rats poor sanitation sweat etc etc Such imagery has shock value initially but then the reader is desensitised and the conditions she describes become normal In addition the language consistently prevents the reader rom building a The Catholic Home fluid relationship to any aspect of the story because some descriptions are so unnecessarily gross The real tragedy of this situation is that the department of education had the potential to choose something truly remarkable yet they chose this I will not be reading book 2 Yet again Iind myself asking why this was chosen as a school setwork book Yes the author is South African and I want to support South African writers But I Sarah Binks find myself less inclined to want to support them when they areorced on me and I eel that the reason is not in the best interests of our kidsI ound the characters rather stunted I know that there is a distinction between appearance vs reality let s use the phrase that EVERYONE is going to use to discuss this well indoctrinated kids but there is very very little that actually shows the reality and not the appearance I don t want to take it as Too Many Puppies! fact that a character is really kind and caring I want actual proof of it and in than one place please The world building was well done but Ieel it was at the expense of the characters The significance the lesser characters have is lost in the world building as they appear to be a means to reveal another The Wanderers fact and are not people in their own right until the end oops Spoiler MaybeBut what I detested the most was the ending especiallyor a school book even though it is my pet hate in all circles The ending is a gimmick to make you buy the next book It ends on the cliffhanger No book should end on a cliffhanger It means the story is incomplete and not properly structured or else you are wanting to milk your readers The Last Dickens for twice the amount of cash I refuse This will not be theirst book I have abandoned here Structure your plot properly care Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes for your readers especially in this country where SA books cost aortune and we will care Takedown: The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire for you in return Oh please this book is awesomeI know there isn t descriptions about the characters in this one that s because the author wanted us to create them ourselvesthis book is so savage whoahopingor a part 2 I read this because it is one of the new prescribed books or grade 10 at the school where I m doing observation at the moment I m a little sceptical of genre iction being used as prescribed texts even though I obviously enjoy science Diamantmysteriet fiction and the like in general so I wanted to see what the rationale was in choosing a book that is obviouslyollowing the dystopia girl hero trendAnd after reading it the rationale was clearly someone looking at the cover and going this Trols each person’s destiny The Machine decides what work you will do and who your life partner will be In this world everyone must make their contribution Some than others Juliet Seven – “Ettie” – will soon turn 15 and her life as
Before you roll your eyes at what you may consider to be yet another YA dystopia read you can be reassured that The Mark by Edyth Bulbring isn t cast in the same mould as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins as so many recent releases have been Instead the work has a grittier scratchy behind the eyes eel that one would expect with George Orwell s 1984 Ettie also known as Juliet Seven isn t the special girl with the super abilities who is going to save the world and overthrow the evil ruling elite She s no one She s a drudge a young woman ated to work in a menial job until she s only it or the Reject Dump Her Mark which she desperately tries to remove throughout means she s trapped in the roles cast Torrent of Portyngale: Re-Edited from the Unique Ms. in the Chetham Library, Manchester (Classic Reprint) for her by othersWe discover a world that is as Bulbring puts it Post Conflagration What exactly went wrong we don tind out but it s beside the point Humanity and nearly all the life on the planet apart The Pocket Mommy fromlies have been driven to the edge of extinction The Machine is all that keeps mankind going regulating a rigid caste system in which only a ew are lucky enough to number among the Elite The sun is no longer a life giving source of light and any who do not play by the rules in this harsh world are deemed Savage and cut off rom societyWhen not training As If Being 12 3/4 Isnt Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! for heruture in service of the elite Ettie is also part of a criminal underground that scams the Posh and she makes no excuses As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! for behaviour nor does she possess many redeeming ualities beyond her rigorous self interest Though she s clearly not a nice person and some of her nasty comments are true gems her devotion to herriend and companion Kitty whom she will go to the ends of the earth to protect shines through and also her love of literature that transports her to magical worlds so vastly different Stickman Odyssey, Book 2: The Wrath of Zozimos from the reality in which she is immersed The main theme throughout the story is that of escape and not being satisfied with preordained lots Ettie s attempts to breakree The Last of the Tribe from an oppressive system lead her through many unpredictable twists and turns as soon as I thought I knew which direction Bulbring was going to take readers she confounded my expectations The Mark is aast paced gritty and uncomfortable read and Bulbring maintains a cracking pace blending elements of SF dystopia with nuances of magical realism Pick this one up if you re looking or something slightly different The Mark is a dystopian novel that takes place after the world has burned and the sun beats down mercilessly It is hell on earth in ways than one The elite ew have all the privileges and use their power to dominate everyone else There are horrific human rights violations in every chapter One of them is to discard people once they lose their usefulnessA girl named Juliet who goes by Ettie is raised as an orphan and trained to do menial labor as a drudge She has learned that to survive you have to be a nobody and trust no one She blends in so well that people assume she lacks intelligence and has no The Book of Air feelings She also pretends not to know how to read since kids like her aren t taught that skillThe story is told through her eyes and her thoughts are dripping with sarcasm Ettie uses conceptsrom classic books and airy tales to describe her world She calls her handler Xavier a tricksy hobbit and the doctors in lab coats Frankenstein 1 and Frankenstein 2 She also uses lines rom nursery rhymes which point to happier times and which are in stark contrast to her harsh reality It s her love of stories that helps her connect with one of the children of the elitesEttie like everyone else has a number on her back to keep her under the control of the elites For years she has been trying to ind a way to remove the mark but without success The Machine tracks her mark and determines what work she will do and who she will marry but she doesn t like being controlled by the Machine or by a vague prophecy She has a purpose to ulfill a prophecy that is whispered by a scattering of rebels No one believes that the prophecy is about her except The Seduction of Miranda Prosper for the hadeda ibis birds These are large ugly birds whose eyes have been cruelly removed to trigger their ability tooretell the The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy future Whenever Ettie is near they screech at her warnings about herutureThis is a well written story There are twists and turns that will keep you guessing The use of sarcasm is the right choice of humor or this hell on earth If you re looking or a happily ever after then this book isn t or you It also doesn t have a complete ending It s written or young adults but because of the brutality it should come with an age restriction of 16 and up. In the Elizabeth I future the world haslipped Ravaged by the Conflagration this is a harsh world where the relentless sun beats down people’s lives are run by a heartless elite and law is enforced by a brutal brigade A mark at the base of the spine con.
As a teenage girl and that Hunger Games thing was popular teenagers will like this phew let s clock off early today All other considerations aside this book is a terrible choice or a prescribed text both or Theres Always a Trail / Home in the Valley first and second language speakersButirst the good I didn t give this book only one star because there were some redeeming eatures especially in the second half when the story takes off The world has some interesting aspects I especially liked the use of hadeda birds because I loathe them so that got a visceral reaction and with some editing and urther development there s potential thereHowever There is a whole lot wrong here and keep in mind this is a book to teach rom The writing style is juvenile not in terms of content but the actual structure and style The author uses no contractions which I used to do when I was twelve because I thought it sounded ancier It does not It makes your writing sound stilted and over The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse formal and when theirst person narrator is an orphan who grew up in the slums it makes or a very weird distant sounding voice There are short broken sentences lying around everywhere which would have helped the book read a lot aster if it wasn t Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: for the stilted language Unfortunately the combined result is very stop start like someone who doesn t know how to driveWAIT just reminded of a huge problem the blurb on the back of the book holds ABSOLUTELY NO RELATION to the content Seriously What I was so confused and kept waitingor the amily killing to start but nope Perhaps the back sets up the series which this is obviously intended to be Which is a terrible choice and makes this book even worse as prescribed literatureAnyway Main character Ettie is a decent character but her internal monologue is too sparse too lacking in emotion and this together with the writing style kept me rom connecting with her She states that she has to hide her true The Essential Library for New Moms 4-Book Bundle: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child; The Baby Food Bible; Infant Massage; Colic Solved feelings all the time so people don t use them against her which isair enough good and believable character trait but then her thoughts need to show her actual The Triangle of Truth: The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Resolving Conflicts Largeand Small feelings She is an inexplicable robot much of the timeThis is made worse by theact that or a large part of the story Ettie isn t really the hero Or at least she is unaware of and uninvolved with the machinations going on around her I do think that the side kick or the bystander viewpoint can be interesting but once you realise what s going on it just kind of makes her seem like an idiot view spoiler Of course she is the actual Chosen One but none of that becomes relevant in this book hide spoiler I read this book as part of my school curriculum Needless to say I obviously read these books within a day of getting my hands on them this one however didn t go that way at all In act I inished it about three months after I received it Obviously I wouldn t have inished it had this book been read by choiceThe Mark by Edyth Bulbring is somewhat of a childish confusing story Majority of the language used seemed very infantile NYCTaxiCabTales.com: Taxi Stories from streets of NYC for the 15 year old narrator The dystopian damaged world Bulbring portrays after aire called the conflagration is somewhat of a typical setting The Wrong Side of the Bed for a YA book as well as the romance and plot Itollows the exact recipe and The Alvin Ho Super Collection: Books 1-4 formula of a YA scii book and as such I کاروان امید found the story somewhat boring It rang bells and reminders to common YA scii Divergent The Hunger Games and so on Bulbring s terminology used to refer to her world and its inmates seemed to be made up on the spot with weird terms such as Pulak and Market Nags Perhaps Bulbring کاروان امید: سرگذشت تری فاکس felt the need to change and try and update the YA dystopian genre with a book like this I didn t enjoy it muchinding the narrative childish confusing and very much unlike other books in this genre I had no thrill coursing in me as I read the story nor was there the pressing need to turn the pages as The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (Cat Who... fast as I could read them Inact this book gave me a headache and I was happy when I put it down Some parts such as a Tempting Faith Di Napoli few chapters were good and managed to capture my attentionor a ew short seconds but they were ar and The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way few between Otherwise this story was unenjoyableAll in all I d recommend this book to you if you enjoy reading typical YA dystopia A book I wouldn t read again unless reuiredor school purposes story line is a bit difficult to understand rom the beginning but as you continue reading the story make sense and you get a understanding of what is actually happening in the book It is a GR 10 novel so a was a must to read this book I enjoyed the book very must I recommend picking up this book just at least once Awesome but ending is sht. Drudge will begin her ate mate mate will be chosen Like everyone else her The Confident Woman: How to Take Charge and Recharge Your Life future is marked by the numbers on her spine But Ettie decides to challenge her destiny And in so doing sheulfils the prophecy that was spoken of before she even exist.
Edyth Bulbring is an award winning author of nine Young Adult novels The Summer of Toffie and Grummer which was shortlisted for the English Academy's 2010 Percy FitzPatrick prize for Youth Literature Oxford University Press February 2008; Cornelia Button and the Globe of Gamagion Jacana April 2008; The Club Jonathan Ball Publishers September 2008; Pops and The Nearly Dead Penguin March