Half Bad: 1 Pocketbok – Oskuren kant, 13 Januari 2015
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“A bewitching new thriller.” — The Wall Street Journal
In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?
In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.
"Highly entertaining and dangerously addictive."—Time Magazine
“Genuinely engaging.”—The New York Times
“Bewitching.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Captivating.”— Los Angeles Times
"A page-turner."—The Boston Globe
"An epic journey."—D.J. MacHale, New York Times bestselling author of Pendragon and Sylo
"Brilliant and utterly compelling." —Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Life
"This will haunt you." —Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend
"Edgy, arresting and brilliantly written." —Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone
* "A thrilling tale . . . Unforgettable." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Marvelous." —Booklist, starred review
* "A unique take on witches." —Library Media Connection, starred review
A Spring 2014 Kids' Indie Next List pick
A 2014 Booklist Top 10 SF, Fantasy, and Horror for Youth
A Publishers Weekly Best Young Adult Book of 2014
Holder of two Guinness World Records
Optioned for film by FOX 2000
Rights sold in 50 international markets
- Utgivare : Speak; Reprint utgåvan (13 Januari 2015)
- Språk : Engelska
- Pocketbok : 432 sidor
- ISBN-10 : 0147511461
- ISBN-13 : 978-0147511461
- Läsarålder : 12 - 17 år
- Rangordning för bästsäljare: #220,516 i Böcker (Visa Topp 100 i Böcker)
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The far superior White Witches or S***es(I love this!) as they become to be known through one character, have control of much of the UK and are in the process of hunting down and seemingly culling Black Witches.
Black witches are attuned to the night, have vastly more powerful gifts but have a tendency to kill each other, and more often that not, their family.
One Black Witch in particular is Marcus, who has killed a lot of witches, white and black alike for his own survival. It just so happens, that through illegitimate courtship with a white witch, he has a son.
That’s bad news for Nathan.
Being a ‘half-code’ as the Whites put it, he can choose either side, though he is constantly monitored, disciplined, isolated and point-blank treated as a criminal although he is just a child.
After years of captivity, caged, cuffed, assessed and punished for minor indiscretions, the Whites offer him a deal.
White code status in return for his assistance in killing his own father.
Naturally, he refuses, though he has no real reason to, his Father is as illusive to him as he is to anyone and hasn’t attempted to make contact.
After this refusal, Nathan was literally branded as a criminal. He is marked as a Black Witch, he is marked magically, all the way done to his bones. Tattoos that cannot be removed no matter how deep you skin the flesh…
Circumstances come to light in which Nathan makes his grand escape, and sets off on his mission to find Mercury, a witch who can give him his three gifts before his birthday, as he fears without, he will die.
This one book has a hell of a lot to digest. It’s a brilliant read, a bit slow in places as the world of witches is built up and explained chapter by chapter, following how Nathan ended up in his cage but we are spared no expense when it comes to the plot kicking off.
We see Nathan’s insecurities, lack of respect for authority, his dreams and hopes for his Father and his capacity to believe there is good in White Witches despite that fact that for 90% of his life, he has been shunned, shamed and tortured by them.
The acts that take place in the book by both adult and teen White Witches are brutal, calculated and cringe-worthy. Not what you’d expect from the self-proclaimed heroes of the Witch world, though we quickly understand that nothing is as it seems.
The hunters are ruthless and don’t let up on Nathan, sparing him no mercy from their hacked up supremacist retorts and punches.
And when we finally encounter Marcus. He seems like a puppy by comparison. Did I mention he eats the hearts of Witches’ by the way?
Come here boy!
Despite his obvious flaws, Marcus is definitely going to be a baddie that you just love to love. Besides, accounts of his attacks are publicised by who? You guessed it, the White Witches. For all we know, they could have killed them and blamed Marcus to save their own skin. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time. Half Bad definitely has a thing for making you doubt even the solidarity of proven facts.
I have extremely high hopes for Half Wild as we delve further into this mysterious world of treachery, darkness and ultimately Nathan’s gift, which judging by the cover, may take after his father’s.
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The sign of a good book is when you can’t stop thinking about it after the last page.
The sign of a good book is when you would die for the sequel to be released the next day.
So you know what? Half Bad = a good book.
I freely admit that it might not be for everyone; the elements of torture inflicted on “children” particularly when written in the second person definitely turns stomachs. I’m no exception, and that’s why I loved it (worried how much that says about me…). Everything was so dark including Sally Green’s writing with the second person that worked brilliantly in involving you in the story. It’s great when books suck you into the story, and I know I won’t be explaining it properly when I say you literally live it.
Another aspect I loved that is always vital for a good book was the world. The background had a rather dystopian feel with the white witches ruling, and basically killing off every black witch who’s unlucky enough to be noticed. Our main protagonist Nathan is half white witch, half black witch on his father’s side; who just so happens to be the most feared black witch in the world. It might have something to do with the touch of mass murder. Might not (but probably is).
Nathan is then feared and hated, forced to endure a life that no one let alone a child should live, so I was overjoyed he could find light in his world through Annalise. She’s sweet and everything but it was hard to get emotionally involved, especially for the amount of time you see her. Nathan on the other hand is so easy to imagine and picture, you can feel his emotions flowing off the pages enticing your own in return. I wanted everything to work out for him so much that every, single time he hit a hurdle his pain mirrored my own.
I can’t wait to see where Sally Green takes his story, and after this brilliant debut I can safely say that I will be in on what looks like a hell of a ride. I just wish it wasn’t so far away…
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Nathan is half bad: he might be a son of a white witch (good) but he is also a son of a murderous black witch (evil). He lives in a society of white witches who label him solely by reference to his infamous father and the crimes he committed. They refuse to see there might be good in him so as a consequence he is discriminated, ostracised, persecuted and cruelly tortured. His must escape his tormentors and find a black witch Mercury by the time he is seventeen. Every witch goes through a ceremony known as 'the Giving' at their seventeenth birthday during which they receive three gifts and drink their ancestor's blood - this enables their Gift to be fully activated. Without that ceremony black witches tend to die within a year's time or so. The gifts range from excelling at potion making through invisibility, healing others, seeing the future to telekinesis, flying or even slowing down the time. The white witches fear what Nathan might become at the ceremony so send their elite squad of hunters after him, making his mission that more dangerous.
This is a fast-paced, well-written YA fantasy adventure that takes place in a unique magical world masterfully woven by Ms Green. It's a dark coming of age story where the main protagonist fights against discrimination in a righteous society. Convinced he is good at heart, the torture he endures might just push him onto his bad half.
I wouldn't go as far as comparing 'Half Bad' to 'Harry Potter' as some have done, with the latter being an unattainable ideal for many authors to come who decide to write about witches and wizards. But just because Rowling's masterpiece is 'once-in-a-century' type of achievement, it doesn't mean that other books about witches cannot be enjoyable too. This one certainly is and my respect for the author for adding something new and original to the YA fantasy pot - especially given that this is her début.
The story poses some interesting topics for discussion such e.g. nature vs nurture or good vs evil. It would not be the first time in fiction nor in the history of the world when those in power commit horrendous deeds in the pursuit of peace, justice and the welfare of the society; but mixing it with a world of witchcraft makes it just a little more different. I adore fantasy books that explore universal moral issues and this one delivers that too. My only two criticisms are the one-dimensional characters (good or bad and nothing in between) and surprisingly little magic for a book about witches ( I have a feeling this will change as the story continues). 4.5 stars from me and will definitely purchase the sequel!
Nathan is a half code. Which is to say he's both "good" and "bad" Witch. It's the usual dark and light, black and white witch formula. Except what's exciting about this book is that Nathan doesn't really know which he wants to be, or is most likely to become.
I really enjoyed the setting for this novel. It has a really unique feel to it with extensive information about the universe it's set in which made it easy to love. But the thing is, there really is a lot about this book which is great. The characters are likeable, even the seemingly nasty ones have you rooting for them. I loved the paradox between good and bad and the exploration of how good people aren't always good and bad people can do good things. It breaks the fairytale mould in this regard and I loved connecting to each character.
Ostensibly this is a coming of age story typical of this genre. But it stands out largely because of those positives rather than because of the storyline.
This world is a strange, dark and twisty world which could have been much more eerie but was certainly angry and tense. I was so drawn in to the suspenseful, mysterious adventure and couldn't put it down for hours. The novel moves swiftly with endless new developments, rules and challenges - all of which were great - but my only criticism is that it was so typical. So same-y. I was really hoping for something new in this heavily saturated market and sadly this wasn't too different.
Despite this, I think this is a great book and fans of this genre will definitely love it - it ticks almost all the boxes. I just didn't tick the "original" box.