The Loneliest Girl in the Universe / Lauren James / Walker Books / 2017 / ISBN 9781406375473 / 290 Pages / Young Adult
At the moment I am reading ‘The Loneliest Girl in the Universe’ by Lauren James.
I got this book as a birthday present from my mother and sister and I have to be honest with you all, I was a bit apprehensive when I realised it was a Lauren James book as I have one of her other ones and I couldn’t get into it enough to read it. But this book is completely different. I am about half way through and am loving it.
What are you guys reading at the moment?
The Chemist / Stephenie Meyer / 2016 / Sphere / ISBN 9780751568233 / 518 Pages / Thriller
She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was part of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or use the same name for long. Something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. When her former handler offers her a way out, she realises it’s her chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking on one last job. To her horror, the information she acquires makes her situation more dangerous. Preparing for the toughest fight of her life, she finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. With her choices dwindling, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.
Today I brought and watched The 5th Wave on DVD. If you don’t already know, I read the book version of this movie at the beginning of the year and loved it. You can find my review for it here. In the review you will find that I originally picked up the book simply because the movie was coming out and I wanted to watch it, so I brought the book and read it first and never did end up going to the movies to watch it. Fast forward 2 or 3 months and I have now finally watched the movie.
I don’t know how I feel about it. First of all it is very much in sync to the book, so you can’t complain about that people. Second of all and I think the most important part to know is that, there is a lot left out in the movie that I think is needed in the movie and it is not there. And thirdly the last thing I want to mention is that the ending is nothing like the book, although I understand why they have done that because there is another book and another movie coming and if it was done like the book it wouldn’t have made any sense at all.
In saying all of this I think that the most fundamentally wrong thing about the movie was that, I knew what was meant to happen and when it did happen it was done well and when it wasn’t done it felt like a big gapping whole was left in my chest. There are things that are left out like Cassie’s train of thought as to why she was doing what she was doing or her brother Sam’s terrible experience throughout the training camp which would have made the movie more interesting and lastly, I feel like the only reason I liked the movie was because I had read the book and could feel the gaps in by myself.
I watched this movie with my mother and she didn’t seem interested in it at all and I think it was because of the gaps and I had to keep filling them for her.
This doesn’t mean I won’t of course read the second book or watch the next movie, but it does mean I will write about it, because I can and also because people should know what to except from a killer book with an awkward sidekick of a movie.
I don’t know if this should be a movie review or a warning, but either way, you will like it whether or not you have read the book and because of that I am going to give this movie 2.9 movie stars out of 5.
Z For Zachariah / Released 2015 / Silver Reel / 1h 38 mins / Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Margo Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine star in a 3 person movie which is about a dystopian future where, from what I gathered contaminated water with radiation wiped out the people of the planet and only these 3 people plus a dog were lucky enough to survive, the two men being underground working at the time and the girl, well her divinely interested father lived in a valley that escaped the ruined waters, allowing her to survive off uncontaminated water.
Margo Robbie’s character Ann after losing her family who went in search for other survivors lives and works the lands around her for herself and her friendly dog. Having grown up on a farm with a preacher for a father, not only can she grow plenty of food and fend for herself, she also believes and prayers that things will get better. One day as she is on a hunt she comes across John (Ejiofor) and nurses him back to health before the two of them try to figure out how to survive winter without heat which is coming. As a scientist, John comes up with a few ideas to help the 3 of them survive and as they learn more about each other and spend every given moment together, he no doubly falls in love with her. But then Caleb (Pine) comes and messes everything up for John who has strong feelings for Ann. The 3 of them are stuck in a love triangle so unfortunate that none of them realise how much they all need each other. The ending was a little surprising I will admit.
I loved this movie for a number of reasons. One, there were only 3 people plus a dog in it. Two, the story was dystopian but the story wasn’t told like every other dystopian movie is telling their story. Three, the hurt and pain they all feel is real and aches. And fourth, I hate that John couldn’t see that if Caleb stayed that they could have properly repopulated the world.
Epic scenery, stunning acting, of course Chris Pine is amazing in it and the amount of faith and religion in the movie didn’t turn me away because it was beautifully balanced with a sense of humility that neither of them, the human and faith could survive without each other.
I don’t know why more people don’t know about this movie, it is fantastic. Yes, it is a little slow, but what happens in the movie is so touching and unreal that it has to be seen to believe. I think the work all 3 actors put into this movie should have been recognised with awards.
I give it 3.9 movie stars out of 5.