Saturday, May 27, 2006

The Lake House - James Patterson [May/06]

This novel is the sequel to When the Wind Blows. I borrowed this one, but the person that lent it to me was not aware that there was another book to go with it. She has it now. I read this one and then bought the other for really cheap. She collects Patterson, though, so I gave it to her to add to her collection.

This novel takes place after the children have been returned to their biological family. When "When the Wind Blows" finishes, the children are over-joyed about being returned to their parents, but now the reality of the situation has set in. This children may not have had much during their captivity, but they had each other and now they find themselves alone. They believe that in the world today where they are obviously different, it is time to be brought back together.

Their parents claim to love them, but you can safely see that they do not have the first idea how to raise "different" children. The youngest of the children are being pushed into acting careers, the press follows them everywhere they go, and the world pretends to understand while making fun of them at the same time. They believe that it is best for them that they end up with Kit and Frannie, the FBI and vet that saved them from the School in the first place, so they find themselves at court wishing that they are given what they want out of the world.

At the same time they are not completely safe from the world at large. Max was used at the School to do the work of some of the scientists because she could do it much quicker. Therefore, she knows a great deal that she was never supposed to be set free with. We find Max still frigtened of the idea that she will be put to sleep and trying to keep her "family" together. She had been ingrained with the idea that to tell meant death, but when once again her family is threatened she has to make the decision that will mean that everyone will be safe and they can be together as a family. A decision that goes against everything that she was taught in her dreaded School.

These novels are light reads with dark subject matter. The reviews on Amazon make them look like horrible novels, but Patterson gets the point across without being too hard to take. It is a couple hour read, but in a world where science is making advances, not a totally impossible novel.


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