Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Read This, Watch That: Stop that Dancing

Sometimes, you just want to dance! But in this edition of Read This, Watch That our teens don't have that option! It's forbidden. Of course, when someone tells you that you aren't supposed to do something, it often just makes you want to do it MORE.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis (see our full review here)

Imagine waking up in a society where individuality is discouraged--everyone looks similar, everyone is assigned a job by the government, and everyone goes about their business without ever asking why. Now imagine this happens to you while hurtling through the universe on a spaceship--you are suddenly unfrozen years ahead of schedule, without your family, alone, and definitely the only red head around. And you can't help but think that something just isn't right. Here you are in the hospital, hidden away with artists and free spirits, a danger to society.

This is exactly the role Amy finds herself cast into in Across the Universe and the sequel, A Million Suns. Meanwhile, there is Elder--the future leader of the ship and Amy's only friend. But will his support be enough to help her start a revolution and change the way people think and live aboard the ship. And is this something they even have time for as more of the frozens are being murdered and mystery swirls around them.

 Footloose (2011 edition)

Ren McCormick is used to being anonymous in the big city. When his mother passes away from Leukemia, he's shipped off to a small town in the South and suddenly, all that anonymity is gone. Everyone seems to know all about him already and every move he makes is watched.

Sounds a bit too much like a dystopia to Ren and when he finds out that the town is down on public dancing, it just gets worse. Can he avoid getting in trouble and keep a low profile till he's done with high school? Not if the minister's daughter has anything to say about it.

If you're looking for people fighting against the restricting control of the place where they live, you don't have to go to space to find it. You can go to Bomont, where Ren finds himself for the summer...

If your day needs a little kick, here's the redone music video for that song that is probably already stuck in your head.

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