I just read 2 of the most amazing books ever by the great author Margaret Peterson Haddix!
I recently was shelving books at the library, because I volunteer there!! #nerdy Anywho, I found some of her books and checked them out, immediately I was hooked. I’ve read.. 4 of her books so far and I’ll be reviewing my 2 favorites so far.
#1. Double Identity
Title: Double Identity
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Stars: 5 out of 5
Age Range: 12+
My mother is crying.
She is trying to do it silently, but from the back seat of the car I can see her shoulders heaving up and down, her entire body racked by sobs. I look out the window at the darkness flowing past our car, and all the pinpoints of light on the horizon seem far, far away. My mother always cries, now. In the beginning, back in the summer, I used to try to comfort her, used to ask her — stupidly — “Is something wrong?” And she’d force her face into some tortured mask of fake happiness, her smile trembling, her eyes still brimming with tears: “Oh no, dear, nothing’s wrong. Would you like some milk and cookies?”
That was before today, before my father hustled the three of us into the car and we drove for hours and hours across unfamiliar states, the light fading and the roads we are on getting smaller and smaller, more and more remote.
I do not know why my mother is crying. I do not know where we are going.
– Excerpt from Teen Reads
This book was so well written, the twists of the plot just kept coming, and coming. Bethany was the sweetest character, she was so thoughtful and always looking for answers. My favorite part of the book was most definitely the characters. Each character was so well thought out, the tiniest character who had nothing to do with the story still you felt something for them. The plot was the best, seriously you haven’t read a book till you’ve experienced Margaret Peterson Haddix’s plots. They are AMAZING!! The depth and simplicity of each plot, make you AHH! She is one of those supreme authors.. that you must read, go now, run, find your nearest library and check out all of her books. #sidetracked
Back to the review, now onto the cons.
No cons with this book except, I wish it was a little longer or maybe a sequel! 🙂
#2. Running Out of Time
Name: Running Out of Time
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Stars: 4 out of 5
Age Range: 10+
Jessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton, Indiana, in 1840—or so she believes. When diphtheria strikes the village and the children of Clifton start dying, Jessie’s mother reveals a shocking secret —it’s actually 1996, and they are living in a reconstructed village that serves as a tourist site. In the world outside, medicine exists that can cure the dread disease, and Jessie’s mother is sending her on a dangerous mission to bring back help.
But beyond the walls of Clifton, Jessie discovers a world even more alien and threatening than she could have imagined, and soon she finds her own life in jeopardy. Can she get help before the children of Clifton, and Jessie herself, run out of time?
This book was almost as great as the first one. Again the characters are so well though out. Jessie is so funny when seeing the world in 1996, she questions what is that mysterious yellow thing. Aka the schoolbus! 😛 The plot was great again. The whole premise reminded me some of a movie called The Village which had the same living in a village that was supposed to be the 18th century and then figuring out your in the real world. Another element of the book was the writing her writing style is amazing. The words feel like someone is really talking to you. Great!
The book was rather short in my opinion, 192 pages was not enough. It made the plot move rather fast without enough time for development of the characters. It didn’t affect (I may have used the wrong one I am sorry) much though.
Overall I loved both of these books and would highly recommend them to anyone who is a fan of mystery/thriller books. 🙂