Reading with Harllie

Harllie Stevenson, Editor in Chief

Lord of the Flies by William Golding 

I wanted to read this book due to the fact it is considered a classic but also because I thought the title sounded cool. I was not expecting it to be that good at the beginning, and now it is one of my favorite books. The story was slow at first, but after the first three chapters, things start to get interesting. The overall theme of the book is loss of innocence and the dehumanization of society. Those sound-like prestigious themes but they are quite interesting to read about. The story takes place on an island that a group of schoolboys have just crash landed on. The boy’s at first celebrate the absence of adults and try to learn how to create their own functioning society, but soon descend into madness and savagery. This book definitely gives me nightmares, but I still love it.  


Coraline by Neil Gaiman 


The movie Coraline is my favorite movie of all time so I felt it wrong that I hadn’t read the book yet. I was very happy to know that the book it just has good as the movie. Gaiman does an incredible job of creating a colorful, yet frighting world that is a perfect read for all ages. The characters are full of life and he creates a strong, young heroine in the main protagonist, Coraline. Coraline is a about a young girl who moves into a new apartment complex with her parents. Her boredom and curiosity get the best of her as she discovers a secret door that leads to another world full of excitement and everything Coraline could want…including another mother and father. Coraline soon finds out, however, that this new world is much more sinister than magical and Gaiman leaves readers with the cautious reminder to always be careful of what you wish for.  



The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 

Imagine a world where women have been completely stripped of their independence. Imagine a world where the government is in complete control of citizens life’s, forcing them to live in a gloomy, dystopian world. For Margarat Atwood, this is a world she conjures up in her 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. This tale is set in the future where a group known as the Sons of Jacob have killed the president of the United States and have taken over America, now known as the Republic of Gilead. The rights of citizens are taken away, especially for women who cannot read, write or have children of their own unless they are producing children for Commander’s-the high ruling class of men.  The story follows Offred, a Handmaid (a women who must produce children for their commander) as she deals with her dark new life and desperately tries to remember the life she had before. This book was long and tedious at first, but soon started to spiral in a well-written, fascinating novel I couldn’t put down. This book keeps you on your feet and gives you an ending that will leave you eager for the next book.