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Book Title: This Time of Darkness|
The author of the book: Helen Mary Hoover
Edition: Viking Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: September 22nd 1980
ISBN 13: 9780670500260
Format files: PDF
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This is one of my all time favorite books. I probably read it at least once a year.
This is set in the future, where EVERYONE lives in the City. "The City is old" is something that is said often.
I loved it cause it was dirty and gritty, and people were weird and creepy. It was like Logan's Run and The Giver had a dirty, more realistic baby. Pseudo-Utopia isn't always so sparkling clean. Sometimes it's covered in filth and roaches. I mean, what else would you expect if you took all of civilization and shoved it into one contained area?
The story follows Amy, an exceptionally smart girl who is somewhat of an outcast because of a certain talent - she can read. Reading isn't illegal, but it is frowned upon. Amy hates her life, her "mother" (the woman who gave birth to her, but little more than that), and school. She meets Axel, a "new" kid in class - a "crazy", who claims to have come from "somewhere else". Not another level or floor or sector, but ELSEWHERE, as in OUTSIDE. Crazy talk.
But Amy decides she wants to investigate for herself, and soon enough, she and Axel find themselves walking the halls, climbing he ramps, and searching higher, following rumors, trying to get outside.
This is a children's book, probably a third grade reading level, if that. But with heavy themes. And it's sooooooo good. It covers some deep stuff - humanity and civilization and how we're all three meals away from insanity at any point in time, basically. There is one line that Amy says, I think maybe twice, and it's simple, but it sticks with me a lot.
"People don't like it when you mess with their things."
Sounds simple enough. But in the City, people basically hate each other and jealously guard any and all possessions, for good reason. The quickest way to earn someone's wrath is to try to touch them or take something from them.
I think this totally applies to today, too. It sounds like such a simple thing, but really, the quickest and easiest way to piss someone off? Touch their cell phone. Poke at their purse or back pack. Brush up against their car. Not cool.
I don't know why, it sticks with me.
I also associated a lot with Amy. She is not a typical little girl. She is not wishy washy or day dreamy or silly. She is very serious and clinical and almost a little cold. I think I tend to be the same, so enjoyed seeing that in a female character.
Anywhoo, I could ramble on and on and continue not making sense, or you could just go ahead and read this book. Which you should. It rocks.
My only complaint is that it didn't go on - I wanted more. Every time I read it, it's like I expect another chapter or two to magically appear in the back.
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Over the course of her twenty-three-year career as a writer, H.M. Hoover has won eight awards for her writing, including three Best Book for Young Adult designations from the American Library Association and two Parent's Choice Honor Awards. Another Heaven, Another Earth received the Ohioana Award in 1982.
H.M. Hoover currently lives in Burke, Virginia. Her last published work was The Whole Truth - And Other Myths: Retelling Ancient Tales, in 1996.
Hoover changed her pen name to H.M. Hoover before Children came out because there was already a children's author named Helen Hoover.
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