Book Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Rating: 4/5

Afterworlds

 

Scott Westerfeld is my go-to choice for teens who are reluctant to read. He writes books that appeal to fantasy fans, girls, boys, straight and gay. His Uglies series has been a favorite of mine since high school and since discovering Leviathan I have recommended it to everyone I know. But even if he didn’t have an amazing track record of books that appeal to a large audience, I would be shouting my praises of Afterworlds from the rooftops.

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Back to Basics?

Reading for the nightYou know those nights when you do something so simple it feels decadent? Part of my New Year’s resolution was to spend one evening a week without technology – no phone, computer, iPad, or television. This may not seem all that difficult for a library science student but somewhere along the way I got the idea in my head that reading for pleasure, especially all night, was a decadence to be had only infrequently – like champagne or dark chocolate.

This Thursday was the first night I’ve really been able to indulge. Due to problems beyond my control (a late class, a bus issue, bad weather), I found myself with a whole evening open. Never one to turn down a good opportunity I found myself searching Netflix for my next favorite series. As good as Revenge sounded, I was drawn to the idea of finishing my latest read Mrs. Queen Takes the Train even more. So I did.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I felt so relaxed or so at peace. Was it the book? Possibly, but a review on that is coming later. Was it not staring at a screen? Eh, that had something to do with it but wasn’t the whole cause. I never let myself indulge in that much reading because it seems too unproductive somehow (in a way that watching television doesn’t). Watching tv is a culturally accepted way to waste time but in general it isn’t a real pleasure. Taking the time to undertake personal re-discovery instead of simply reducing boredom? Priceless.

When was the last time you did something you love unexpectedly?

Big News!

So you know that big news that I promised last week?

 

Here it is…….(insert drumroll here)…..

 

I’m a Her Campus Study Abroad Blogger!

 

The gig is pretty sweet. Basically I get to blog about my life over on a major site EVERY WEEK.

How awesome is that?!

 

Here’s the link to my first article:

http://www.hercampus.com/study-abroad-blog/introduction-my-life-abroad

 

Go read it and enjoy, k?

 

Love,

A