by Chris Wooding


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ISBN-13: 9781781120910
Publisher: Stoke Books
Publication date: 09/28/2012
Pages: 67
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: HL510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Pale 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Kenns_Reivews More than 1 year ago
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.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I got an eGalley of this book to review through It was a super quick read that addressed an interesting concept in a simple way. This definitely wasn¿t my favorite read by Chris Wooding; I much preferred his Malice series or some of his stand alone books like Poison and Storm Thief.Jed is friends with a bunch of boys who hate and bully Pales. Pales are people who are given a serum after dying that brings them back to life, after being brought to life they are very Pale in color. When Jed is part of a horrible accident he ends becoming exactly what he hates.I didn¿t realize that this book is kind of a specialty book; it¿s supposed to be a high interest book for older readers who have trouble reading. As such some of the things in the book are intended for a YA and older crowd; but the plot, characters, and writing are very simple.The idea of Pales is a neat one. Basically some people have DNA that allows them to take a serum after dying, this serum brings them back to life mostly unchanged.The main character is fairly simple; he¿s your typical popular bully. His friends are very typical of the type of people who hang around bullies. You don¿t really see a lot more depth in Jed¿s character until he is turned into a Pale.The plot is also very simple; basically a bully becomes one of the people he used to bully and is forced to reevaluate his actions.Despite the very simple story, characters, and writing style there is a good lesson here. Jed ends up reevaluating his actions and learning what true friendship means. I should mention that there are some graphic scenes where kids are beaten (by their peers) and this is probably only a book for YA and up.Overall an okay book. Definitely not my favorite Chris Wooding book, but it is an interesting concept explored in a very simple way. The writing, characters, and plot are all very simple but the content of the book is at an older kid level (there¿s beatings and a lot about making out/girlfriends, etc). This is a good book to interest older kids who read at a lower age level. I¿d recommend this to a YA boy who reads at a middle grade or lower level.
roxtao More than 1 year ago
I’m pretty sure that from now on, I should be more careful before choosing the next books I’m going to read. I was eager to start reading Pale, expecting, of course, a novel. And when I began reading, I discovered a novella instead ^_^ Even so, reading Pale was a real pleasure and I don’t regret a second the time I spent. Especially that I only needed about an hour to finish it.. The only thing I feel sorry about is the fact that such an interesting idea was presented somehow superficial, in only 70 pages, when it could have become a much more captivating novel. Pale covers the forever fascinating subject of immortality. This time, the attempt to fight death is represented by the Lazarus Serum, which offers the possibility to come back from the dead to a small category of people. But the adverse effects of the serum and the irony that only a few people fill the natural criteria to benefit from this new discovery are shaping huge debates and also a general feeling of hate for the ones that returned from death. Despite the fact that the Pales remain the exact same persons they were before dying (keeping their cognitive abilities, their memories and their behavior), their altered appearance determines the society to reject and brutalize them. And an unaspicious legislation makes their new lives even more difficult. The myths and the superstitions are the next to come – the fear, the envy and the ignorance being the trigger to a real war against the returned ones. On this background we meet Jed and his friends, a group of children that absorbed from the adults the whole chord of thoughts and reactions against the Pales. And when one of the kids finds himself on the other side of the fence, the reader’s vision transfers in an opposite angle. We have now a different perception over the world, right from the inside of the Pales’ community and the society’s cruelty is highlighted even more. The concept of family is ruined, the friends become enemies and the ones we were seeing until now in a dark or at least in an unclear light become the only comfort for the main character. The story makes you think about Pandora’s box. The Pales are the trigger of the negative feelings’ explosion: hate, revenge, envy, cruelty, vanity, abuse. But in the same time, they remain the only symbol of hope, the last bit of gentleness, kindness and harmony. Unlike other books where the living dead are usually the villains, in Pale, the roles are reversed. The humanity only lies in the hearts of the living dead, while the normal humans lost any trace of humaneness. Pros: - The author’s style is remarkable, blending the childish tone and the infantile perception over the events with a well hidden cold and sharp touch. Although the novella is considered to be Young Adult, there are some deeper meanings, hidden between the lines. Cons: - Because of the limited number of pages, a lot of important details were not clarified, so the reader remains with some questions that don’t receive an explanation. Also, the novella’s storyline could have been extended, in order to become a premise for a more complex plot.
Rumor_Has_It More than 1 year ago
I loved Pale! I loved the cover! Mostly I loved the message this short novella carried within its pages. Pales are dead people who have been injected with the Lazarus Serum and brought back to life. They are different in appearance. One of the side effects of the serum is that they wake up totally devoid of any color, hence the name Pale. The fact that they are the dead and look like the dead pretty much gives everyone else reasons enough to isolate them. We explore racism, prejudice thoughts and bullying in Pale. We also explore what happens when things are turned around and the cool kid is no longer cool and the bully becomes the bullied. I think the issues brought up in this book are obviously still prevalent today. This book would be great for kids in middle school. Bullying is becoming more and more of a problem in our schools and I think we need to find more creative ways to tackle this and the other issues brought to light in the book. This book lends the opportunity to discuss these issues in a more neutral way. I was completely impressed by the writing and how things unfolded. I think our youth would be able to relate and walk away with very important messages. Yes, this is a novella. Yes, there were details not included that could have added to the story. No, I don’t feel as if I was cheated. I think all was perfect just as it was because the most important details were there. I consider this a good foundation and would be excited to read the next installment if Chris Wooding chooses to go there. I definitely recommend this read to everyone! ARC was provided by Stoke Books via NetGalley.
SomaRostam More than 1 year ago
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.