11052827I got an advanced readers copy of The Bridge by Jane Higgins early in 2012 and only just now have been able to browse through it.  A teen dystopia set in what we assume to be a post apocalyptic future.

We are introduced to Nik, who lives in Cityside.  Cityside rests on the edge of a river with several bridges spanning from one side to another.  On the opposite side of the bridge is Southside.  Both cities mirror each other in terms of architect and upkeep.  Both have the same style of building, and where Southside is shabby, dirty, and run down, Cityside and clean, well kept and well maintained.

And of course both sides are at war.  Cityside claims Southside are monsters, rebels, and heretics; and Southside claims Cityside are violent, dangerous fascists.  Cityside is rich, with food, water and medicine for all, where Southside scrabble for all they can to survive.

Nik is an orphan, befriended by a rich family, who’s youngest son goes missing when the school they all attend is bombed.  Young Nik and the boy’s sister cross the river to try and find the lad, and the rest of the story is them trying to survive in Southside among those they have been told are their enemies since the time they could walk, learning about the people as well as some pretty surprising things about themselves.

All in all, it’s a typical teen dystopia book.  It was an interesting concept, the main character was a little too whiney for my tastes, nothing overtly new or exciting about it, but I did enjoy it.

Just not enough to read the next two books.

Enjoy folks

And we’re going pretty far back into the good old days of literature next time ladies and gents.  We’re going to check out The Princess Bride by William Goldman.

21787A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts — The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.

As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchmen, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she’ll meet Vizzini — the criminal philosopher who’ll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik — the gentle giant; Inigo — the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen — the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup’s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.