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Posted November 27, 2012
Interesting bedtime story
Pale is a nicely written short story by Chris Wooding that I would classify as a Sci-Fi book. I would say the book could be read by anyone 4th grade or higher, although I believe it’s intended for high school students.
Pale is a book about a society that has developed technology that can bring people of a certain blood type back from death. Not a catastrophic, dismembering death, but a routine, run-of-the-mill, everyday death resulting from basically anything but dismemberment.
The plot serves as a moral story as it includes prejudice, karma and character realization and growth. Jed, the average “I’m better then you are because you are dead” kid gets placed into the ‘dead’ situation. Life, of lack thereof, quickly changes his outlook on the “Pale” classification of the dead people.
Pales are noticeably different with pale skin, white hair and blue eyes hence the name Pale. They are looked at as a lower class of people and treated as such. The prejudice comes in as they are abused physically, verbally and emotionally because they are different.
Jed, the good boy, becomes a Pale after a fatal accident. He now feels the abuse he used to inflict on others proving that what goes around comes around.
He has several experiences that change his view as he learns the moral of the story (so to speak). This is a good all-around book for younger kids to learn the importance of the fight against prejudice.
This is a quick book that can be read in one short sitting, it may make someone an interesting bedtime story someday.
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Posted August 9, 2012
Now, this is different. I don't know what to name the genr
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Now, this is different. I don't know what to name the genre since it's not completely dystopian. There are not many elements of Dystopian novels in this one, I am confused. Aside from that, this book was pretty good.
The book revolves aroun a world where there is a medication that brings you back from the dead. But the medication is not for everyone, you should have the right blood type and you should be given the medication when you die right away, or it won't work.
There are many other requirements and it has side effects, the person who is given the medication changes appearance. He turns pale, his irises turn white, etc... The Pales are outcasts and they don't have any rights, since they are considered dead.
Jed hates Pales and he bullied them all the time, but after an accident. He is the one who is coping with being a pale. This book is a very short story, almost 40 pages, it looks like a base for a dystopian novel, almost like a prequel.
I liked this book, but it was very short, so I can't base my ideas on the aspects. As I said, the book seems like a base for a story, not an actual story. The characters are all pretty one-dimensional, they are not developed very much, and Jed makes some stupid choices. But overall, this book is an enjoyable read and I can't wait to know what Chris Wooding has in stock for us. Maybe there will be a novel based on this book, afterall.