Someday By David Levithan & The Fifth Risk By Michael Lewis [Book Reviews]

December 19, 2018

 

Someday By David Levithan

 

Book Details

Title: Someday || Author:  David Levithan || Published: 2 October 2018 || Genres: Fiction, Romance novel || Publisher: Egmont || Publicist: Lorienne Brown || Pages: 394

Summary

Every day a new body. Every day a new life. Every day a new choice.

For as long as A can remember, life has meant waking up in a different person’s body every day, forced to live as that person until the day ended. A always thought there wasn’t anyone else who had a life like this.

But A was wrong. There are others.

A has already been wrestling with powerful feelings of love and loneliness. Now comes an understanding of the extremes that love and loneliness can lead to—and what it’s like to discover that you are not alone in the world.

In Someday, David Levithan takes readers further into the lives of A, Rhiannon, Nathan, and the person they may think they know as Reverend Poole, exploring more deeply the questions at the core of Every Day and Another Day: What is a soul? And what makes us human?

My Thoughts

This book is a sequel and I never had a chance to read the first book but I watched the movie beforehand. I felt the movie adaptation captured more about the theme of the book and this book picked up where the movie left off which I hope is exactly where the book left off. I am not gonna lie, at the beginning of the movie I was a bit confused but once I knew what the theme of the story was I actually enjoyed the concept of the story.

This book is told in multiple perspectives which allows the reader to view what’s happening according to each character’s perspective. 

I love the variety of characters but some of the decisions made by these characters I actually did not agree with them at all.

David portrays the pain and isolation associated with A’s situation perfectly, which leads to a lot of questions and allows the reader to sympathise with A.

I think the series addresses questions related to the soul, humanity, identity; and these are difficult questions to tackle especially when the audience intended is someone a bit young. 

Overall, a captivating, fast paced read that I’d recommend.

Rating

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

Book Details

Title: The Fifth Risk || Author: Michael Lewis || Published: 2 October 2018 || Imprint: Random House UK || Publicist: Anje Niemandt || Pages: 219

Summary

What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?

“The election happened,” remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. “And then there was radio silence.” Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them.

Michael Lewis’s brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders. In Agriculture the funding of vital programs like food stamps and school lunches is being slashed. The Commerce Department may not have enough staff to conduct the 2020 Census properly. Over at Energy, where international nuclear risk is managed, it’s not clear there will be enough inspectors to track and locate black market uranium before terrorists do.

Willful ignorance plays a role in these looming disasters. If your ambition is to maximize short-term gains without regard to the long-term cost, you are better off not knowing those costs. If you want to preserve your personal immunity to the hard problems, it’s better never to really understand those problems. There is upside to ignorance, and downside to knowledge. Knowledge makes life messier. It makes it a bit more difficult for a person who wishes to shrink the world to a worldview.

If there are dangerous fools in this book, there are also heroes, unsung, of course. They are the linchpins of the system—those public servants whose knowledge, dedication, and proactivity keep the machinery running. Michael Lewis finds them, and he asks them what keeps them up at night.

My Thoughts

I was so curious about this book the moment I read the synopsis. Fistlty, the writing style is amazing, the author captures everything in a way the is easier for the reader to understand and know which roles are being played by every organisation mentioned without being bored to death with unnecessary details. Lewis did an amazing job engaging the reader throughout the book.

The book sheds new light on Trump’s chaotic transition and the mismanagement of several core federal agencies. Thus allows us as readers to understand how things actually work in these scenarios.

To provide context, Lewis contrasts the competent transition teams assembled after the previous elections of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. This brought a lot of context to the story and its was done amazingly.

From the story, one can tell the amount of research that was invested to bring this book to life by including backstories of the individuals mentioned in this book. Lewis explains why each of those individuals is important to the citizenry due to their sometimes-arcane but always crucial roles within the government. Throughout the book, unforgettable tidbits emerge, such as the disclosure by a Forbes magazine compiler of the world’s wealthiest individuals list that only three tycoons have intentionally misled the list’s compilers—one of the three is Trump, and another is Wilbur Ross, appointed by Trump as Commerce Secretary.

This book is amazing and worth a read. If this is interesting to you, give this book a try.

Rating

Those were my thoughts, a huge thanks to Penguin Random House SA for sending me a review copy. 

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