Monday, October 5, 2015

Extraordinary Means



Up until his diagnosis, Lane lived a fairly predictable life. But when he finds himself at a tuberculosis sanatorium called Latham House, he discovers an insular world with paradoxical rules, med sensors, and an eccentric yet utterly compelling confidant named Sadie - and life as Lane knows it will never be the same. - excerpt from book.

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider is the author's second book in the same type of genre (contemporary young adult). The first book was good, this one was even better, I was so satisfied with the story. The book has such a beautiful story that has multiple great messages for the readers. I especially love the two point of views alternating between chapters, it gives the plot different perspectives.

The characters have much development which made them unique but realistic at the same time. I love how the characters are very different from each yet they all have something in common. Some people compare this book to The fault in our stars but I feel that it's completely different as the setting of the book is totally different, the only thing in common is the part where the characters are terminally ill. I definitely prefer this book more than TFIOS. The writing of the author is quite simple but there's lots of strong feelings expressed hence it made this book a tear jerker for me.I loved the direction of the story, the plot twist really caught me by surprise. It was hard to put down the book as I was quite eager to reach the ending of the story. The romance of the book was also quite cute but I think the main reason of this book was about something else (not going to spoil you).

Lastly, after finishing the story, the author left a long note for us readers. That note explained a lot about her intentions, her research and more. This note really was important as I agree with the message that she is trying to portray. Without a doubt this book is in my favourites for this year, I highly recommend it to readers who loved TFIOS, readers who loved contemporary and also readers who loves some tragic in stories. There were many thoughts from the characters that is so quote worthy, below is one that I especially loved:

There's a difference between being dead and dying. We're all dying. Some of us die for nintey years, and some of us die for nineteen. But each morning everyone on this planet wakes up one day closer to their death. Everyone. So living and dying are actually different words for the same thing. - page 96 line 21.



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