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Amazon Payment Products. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I wanted something fun that I could read quickly, and I figured this would be just the thing. While overall I thought this was a pretty good book, I did have some issues with it. Also, I felt at the end that things were tied up just a little too neatly. Various problems were resolved too easily to be believable. This seemed to be a problem throughout the book. The characters would get into a scrape, and instead of finding a way out of it themselves, some miraculous solution would just fall into their laps.
With those negative things aside, this book did have a pretty good message at the heart of it, and the characters were essentially likable and easy to root for. Also, it did accomplish what I wanted it to. It passed an afternoon quite quickly and got me out of my slump of not being able to finish anything. Apr 29, Molster added it Shelves: review-written.
In year 7, my class was split into reading groups. There were six people in my group and we were the more capable group of the class. When it came time to select the book we would read and discuss, our group was divided in regards to what we should choose. The four boys in my group wanted to read this book I assume just to spite us and my friend and I wanted to read another book the title escapes me at the moment. After much heated debate about how good our book would be, purely because of t In year 7, my class was split into reading groups.
After much heated debate about how good our book would be, purely because of the blurb and cover our badass younger selves ignored the wise words 'don't judge a book by it's cover' we came to a vote, as pleasant democracy abiding citizens would. Sadly because of 'majority rules' we were subjected to read 'The Wind Singer'. But as fate would find me, I actually enjoyed this book, it was a bit freaky and could be boring and slow at some scenes, but I really liked it. The Irony comes when I was the only one in my group to actually finish the book and the guys whom claimed it to be superior to any book in existence begged the teacher to let us chose another one.
Aug 24, LisBirdLove rated it it was amazing. Overall Honest Book Review: I read this book years ago, may not be as concise of a review characters: The Hath family is a very supportive loving family.
Kestrel Hath is a little girl who has more courage to stand up for what she believes in then the whole town. She is cute, spunky, intelligent, fair and honorable. Bowman Hath is Kestrels twin brother who goes on the quest with her. Mumpo tags along, he doesn't take no for an answer.
Protagonist: Kestrels is a little girl who is a great protagonis Overall Honest Book Review: I read this book years ago, may not be as concise of a review characters: The Hath family is a very supportive loving family. Protagonist: Kestrels is a little girl who is a great protagonist. She sticks to her guns and with the help of her family takes on an idea that the government of her town has made up.
She doesn't do it for herself; she doesn't it for fairness to all.
Plot: This book brought a fantasy adventure to a new dystopian idea. We have a world based on testing. If you are wealthy, then it's because you need extremely well on your tests. If you did poorly, you were weak and unimportant to society. Your thoughts did not matter. Then there's this little girl and her family who decide to go against all this to bring upon fairness. She goes to find the singing tree to make everyone happy.
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Emotion: The emotions were nicely scattered in this story. You had humor, suspense, anger, worry and sadness. I wanted to jump right in the book and help her on her journey. The author made me believe in the purpose of the quest.
I cared deeply about what happened to the characters. Ending: What can I say, the ending was absolute brilliance for tieing up the whole story. You will not be disapointed. I started this book when I was much younger about six or seven and I was hooked. Unfortunately, I was unable to finish it until much later about three or four years later and it still had me hooked.
The book made me happy. Of course, there wersome unaswered questions especially about the old children and the windsinger but the rest of it was really charming. I didn't really mind the made-up words because they just added a lighter tone towhat could have been a depressing story. I especially l I started this book when I was much younger about six or seven and I was hooked. I especially loved Mumpo, and a few of the twins' character traits. The violence in the book didn't really bother me because of the way the author didn't dwell on it.
I was surprised that there would be books after it because it had a pretty tidy ending. Anyhow, it just provides an opportunity for a more abckstory, plus I would love to see how Aramanth fared after they inhabitants gained their freedom. If was to critically analyse it now, I would probably find disturbing messages or plot holes but reading it as a child, it made me happy.
And that's what a children's book should do. I remember reading this trilogy many, many years ago. Mumpo and Kestrel were my favourite characters. However, the most I remember about it is just how weird it is. Like, really weird. With creepy bald children that want to eat you soul kind of weird. I might be tempted to reread this if I can dig it out at my mam's house. Sep 17, Katie Lumsden rated it really liked it. Maybe 3. I enjoyed this one. I read it as a child but have very little memory of it, and it's an enjoyable read as an adult - a very interesting world, almost a fairytale universe, with a great story and very strong characters.
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I loved the family dynamic between the main characters. I read this 4 years ago for school, and I never regretted sticking with this book until the end. The city they live in, Amaranth, is bureaucratic to the extreme e. Unfortunately, the Hath family is rebellious and doesn't fit in with the rules at all - especially Kestrel. So after a couple "incidents", Kestrel and Bowman end up going on an adventure to reclaim a lost artifact that had been stolen from Amaranth generations ago: the Wind Singer's voice that would free the Amaranth people from their rigid structure and rules.
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The premise didn't seem too original, but Nicholson created a unique world that is vivid, real and alive with strange people and cultures. Kestrel and Bowman themselves are charming in their genuine love for their family that binds the two of their polar opposite personalities together - Kestrel is the who acts, and Bowman is the one who feels. The third member of their party, Mumpo, is the loser kid that everyone either pities or hates, usually both. Thanks to the twins' and Nicholson's insights about him though, Mumpo came across as the idiot you'd love to ditch but can't because you love him too much.
I went on to read the rest of the books in this trilogy - Slaves of the Mastery being my favourite - and I definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants to be immersed in a new world with great characters and an easily relatable theme.