Our Cyber Book Club boys came up with these recommendations after a lively discussion in our last meeting
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk reviewed by Eric, Year 11
Described by many as a ‘man’s novel’, Fight Club explores the ideas of nonconforming to the societal rules which are placed on every individual from the moment they are born. Following the plight of the unnamed protagonist as he struggles against incessant insomnia, our protagonist meets the enigmatic Tyler Durden, who quickly establishes a ‘fight club’ in which people who are office workers and dentists by day end up beating the crap out of each other at night. The actions of the fight club eventually culminates into normal men taking action against our consumerist, superficial culture, and the book ultimately causes us to challenge the Western idea of success equating to money and wealth.
Read this book? Do it!
Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s CrusadeAuthor, by Kurt Vonnegut reviewed by Leon, Year 11
Summary: Billy Pilgrim, reluctant soldier, time traveller extraordinaire, animal in a Tralfamadorian zoo. He’s also a little insane, but that’s really beside the point. Welcome to the amazing and otherworldly adventures of the strangest of characters, all set against the backdrop of a thousand burning souls.
Opinion: Slaughterhouse Five is a silently gripping book, the literary equivalent of a silent movie. Impressive and effective, if at times a slight tenacity is required to turn the page, the book is perhaps the most successful anti-war protest book I have ever read.
Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield reviewed by Chamaka, Year 10
A book that explores the spiritual side of people, this book uncovers the philosophy of how humans will change their culture and become more aware of their spiritual field being one with nature and all other humans. This is the journey of one man seeking how humans can unlock the spiritual world by discovering the secrets of an ancient manuscript the prophesizes this cultural change.
This book in my opinion is based upon a very interesting idea and takes another perspective on human culture.
I give this book a 4 out of five and highly recommend reading this book.
Dreamrider by Barry Jonsberg reviewed anonymously
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Barry Jonsberg’s ‘Dreamrider’ is one of the most compelling, gripping, and outright weirdest books I’ve ever enjoyed reading. It focusses on teens and discusses on bullying and mental health, but it’s plot and characters are nothing short of interesting. It’s set in your typical high school environment in the Australian suburbia where a very obese Year 10 social outcast named Michael Terny is found to hold very special powers that can affect people in such ways that it can change their lives forever.
As far as a teen novel can get, ‘Dreamrider’ has a very surprisingly confronting and mature plot that even adults can enjoy.
‘So what have you got to say for yourself, fat boy?’