Thursday, January 27, 2011

Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament - Round 2 Decision - Fallen vs. Rise Over Fallujah

Round 2 Battle: Fallen by Lauren Kate vs. Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers

A contest between two completely opposite pieces of work hardly describes the dilemma we found ourselves in.  Fallen by Lauren Kate and Sunrise Over Fallujah  Walter Deans Myers are books who probably should be read by persons who enjoy dichotomy.  The protagonist of Fallen is a troubled young female who finds herself at a strange new boarding school with little understanding of why she is there.  In Sunrise Over Fallujah, the protagonist is decent male who chose to enlist in the military.  The settings are in different worlds, Fallen , takes place in a fantasy world, whereas, Sunrise, has a real world setting of the war in Iraq.  Fallen is a romance novel between humans and angels, much like the romance of the Twilight series.  Sunrise has a war theme, with battles and death.  We would highly recommend both of these books, but ultimately, we had to make a choice.  We would have to choose Fallen to continue to the next step.  While Sunrise Over Fallujah does a wonderful job of describing the pain and fear of war, Fallen grabbed our interest and held it throughout the book.  Maybe we’re just romantics at heart!
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