Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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houseoftomorrow Trade Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Penguin Group

Release Date: March 1, 2011
ISBN:
9780763647582
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Sebastian Prendergast lives with his eccentric grandmother in a geodesic dome. His homeschooling has taught him much-but he's learned little about girls, junk food, or loud, angry music.
Then fate casts Sebastian out of the dome, and he finds a different kind of tutor in Jared Whitcomb: a chain-smoking sixteen-year-old heart transplant recipient who teaches him the ways of rebellion. Together they form a punk band and plan to take the local church talent show by storm. But when his grandmother calls him back to the futurist life she has planned for him, he must decide whether to answer the call-or start a future of his own.


Michelle's Review:
Sebastian Prendergast lives in a geodesic dome with his kooky grandma, an ardent believer and follower of Buckminster Fuller's philosophies and architectural designs. Sebastian doesn't leave the dome much and everything he knows, he learned from his grandma who has a grand plan for him. When Grandma suffers a stroke, he was taken in by the Whitcomb family who has a son, Jared, a foul-mouthed, chain smoking heart transplant recipient. In Jared, Sebastian learns all about being a teenager and together they form a punk band. With its original plot, this tale of friendship, family and punk music was cleverly written and surprisingly unputdownable--surprising because I didn't expect to like it as much as I did.

Sebastian told the story in first person and I enjoyed his voice, the way he said what he said reminded me a lot of Christopher Boone from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (another book I surprisingly enjoyed). But my favorite character is Jared--you just feel for this kid but it's hard to like him in the beginning because he was very crude... the things that come out of his mouth! Once you get more into the story, you get a sense of his loneliness, the physical limitation due to his illness and you can't help but love him. I love the friendship between Jared and Sebastian and I thought Sebastian's crush on Jared's sister was so sweet. Along with the two boys, the other character's voices rang true as well; their flaws and their emotions were understandable.

Though it took me a few chapters to get used to it, to the different voice after all the YA and romance I've been reading, I thought the writing was great, especially the dialogue between the boys, the plot original and it turned out being a quick read for me. When I put it down, I find myself picking it back up again because I wanted to keep going because I was intrigued--it was a strange mix of punk music references, Buckminster Fuller, geodesic domes, things of which I am not familiar with but it was very entertaining nonetheless. The House of Tomorrow is not my usual kind of book, but it's good to read outside the box once in a while especially if they're this good. If you're looking for a different read, you might want to pick this book up. It will appeal to older teens and adults. 4 out of 5 stars

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