The Alchemist fits into fantasy. This is due to the fact that the book is filled with magical fights, mind control, men with animal heads, witches, alchemists, necromancy, and men, women, and objects from legends and ancient mythology. I loved the book due to its fun story telling, and its wild adventure you feel like you get sucked into. Nicholas had it right when he said "[we] must question everything". There is so much more going on beneath the surface of our world that we do not know and cannot comprehend, and The Alchemist really pulls that idea into light. The story begins with the main characters, the twins, at their work places right before magic erupts into their lives, making them extraordinary. Then comes the rising action, all the moments that lead up to the final fight with Dee, including when they meet Scathach, when Sophie is awoken, and when the Yggdrasil is their safe haven. The climax consists of the final battle with Dee and the falling action has Nicholas Flammel, Scathach, Josh, and Sophie traveling half way across the world in a second. In the resolution, the twins are safe, and Dee has a mess to clean up. A good theme for this book is "Our world is filled with unseen magic," and I say this because it often is. We get so caught up in other things that we miss the magic of the moments we are living, leaving the magic unknown to us. We may not see some things as magical, like a fun day at the park, but for some people, the chance to go outside or do something simple is magical, and it's about time we opened our eyes to the simple magic that we should never take for granted.
Cinder fits into Science Fiction, and that is because the story is filled with futuristic details, and has ideas that we do not yet have (like real cyborgs). I love how this book is full of characters that have depth, and that you love or love to hate. I also love how the author wasn't afraid to deviate from the original idea of Cinderella, and turn our lovable main character into a sassy cyborg with a quick temper as well as a quick tongue. Cinder was a great character, and one you could relate to on most accounts. The exposition of the book brought into light Cinder, the plague troubling her world, and the evil Queen Levana. The rising action was full of new ideas, and new revelations around our Heroine as she has to face new choices. The climax comes when Cinder has arrived at the ball, and she has to face not only the Prince, but the Lunar Queen herself (Lunars are a race of people who lived on the moon in a home seen as a utopia) who wants to kill Cinder. The resolution of the book involves a reveal that Cinder is a cyborg and a (no spoilers!). In the resolution, Cinder finds out just who she really is, and the life that she has to live, the path she needs to follow in order to save her homes. Cinder's theme seems to lean heavily towards "Not everything is as it seems." I say this because Cinder seems perfectly human, but is 36.28% machine. Her best friend Iko appears to be just another android, but has a real personality. Queen Levana seems to be a good queen to her subjects, but it is easy to see just how diabolical she truly is. So, nothing in that world is truly as they seems. I highly recommend this book, and I give it the full five stars!
The Sea of Monsters is part of the fantasy genre. It fits into this category because it revolves around three children at the age of thirteen (well, multiple thirteen year-old's) as they try to fit into everyday life. Did I mention that their parents are Greek gods and goddesses, and that they live in a modern day world where Greek monsters are alive and are reborn from Tarturus? Oh, yeah. Well, that is exactly why this story is a fantasy, because it is made up with elements of a fantasy. I loved reading how Percy went on an adventure with his friend Annabeth and his half-brother Tyson and reading as Percy and Annabeth grew and learned a little bit more about who they are. What I dislike is how different the movie is from the book. (No complaints about the book.) The book really follows the plot structure. Percy's situation is presented as well as his new friend Tyson. Then they get to Camp Half-Blood and it is time to start their long quest to save both Grover and the camp by gaining the golden fleece. Then it hits the climax when Percy, Annabeth, Clarisse, and Grover have to face Polyphemus, the cyclops guarding the golden fleece. Then they hit the resolution, where the camp is safe for a while. Based on what Percy goes through and what he learns, I have to say that one theme you could walk away with is "Don't take what you have for granted." I chose this because of the fact Percy almost lost his brother, his home away from home, Camp Half-Blood, and his best friend Grover.