Tuesday, November 01, 2011

You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does) by Ruth White

An ordinary family with ordinary problems. Right? But then the town starts talking and uncovers the truth - this "ordinary" family is a family of aliens! The family narrowly escapes in The Carriage, arriving back on Earth, but in an alternate universe. They find themselves in Fashion City, and the people here - well, they're wacko. "Praise the fathers!" and "You'll like it here, everybody does." fills the family's ears. But as they find out, everybody likes it here and praises the fathers because they've been brainwashed! The family decides to leave, and gets some help from a family who haven't quite lost their marbles yet. But, some unexpected problems turn a simple departure into a full-scale escape.

This book was like a modern version of The Giver, by Lois Lowry. There are many differences, of course, but I believe the overall idea is the same. It was a little odd for my tastes, but was still a good book. Every part was exciting , and there were some very, very sudden crazy twists in the story. Sometimes I even went back to make sure I read it right, then went "Whoa! Okay now, this should be interesting." And the book wasn't too far fetched, which was good, and I can tell that the author did a bit of research, or otherwise already knew some things about the topics in the story before it was written. If nothing else, it was a very interesting read, and although I didn't love it it was good.

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Santa Fe, TX USA