If you received the penultimate comprehension and knowledge of the reason for being... what then?Reaching our dreams, the pinnacle of human aspirations. Go to school, grow up, work and die. Fairytales. Grunge.Em hopes her life will turn out like a fairytale, but worries that it will be as pointless as grunge music warns. Moving to a seaside town during the 1990's, at a newIf you received the penultimate comprehension and knowledge of the reason for being... what then?Reaching our dreams, the pinnacle of human aspirations. Go to school, grow up, work and die. Fairytales. Grunge.Em hopes her life will turn out like a fairytale, but worries that it will be as pointless as grunge music warns. Moving to a seaside town during the 1990's, at a new high school she meets Eido, a boy that appears to have what she seeks the most.SUPERUNKNOWN is a novella following the philosophy of absurdism, from an author who loves telling tales combining both philosophy and adventure. Tackling deep questions dear to readers of all ages, it is a tale of the human search for meaning, and of someone who might know an answer......
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Superunknown: Of Fairytales and Grunge Reviews
‘”Hey,” John eventually pipes up. “How low a chance it is that life could occur on a planet and yet...here we are.”“Yeah, how about it,” I add, in some kind of dream.“If that’s so, imagine the mind-boggling possibility of how many others there are out there...”’It is a question that everyone has asked themselves at some point. Emily has started a new life. She can’t seem to settle down in her new home. But is this displacement part of something bigger? Chapter one opens up to a character with no apparent past or special qualities. Despite the fact that she is one of the main protagonists, no real attention has been drawn on her at all.The blurb does it some injustice. It doesn’t say much but that may be the intention. The general description is vague but acceptable. We don’t need to know what part of the world it is or the street name where Emily lives. The story is too short for that kind of detail and would detract from the narrative.The musical undertones throughout are quite cleverly situated as it builds up the tension. Although the Grunge era might not be to everyone’s taste. I recommend that you research the music and have it playing in the background to build an atmosphere. It is extraordinary how Huxley can keep the mystery going. He never fails to draw your attention to the next piece of the puzzle. Throughout the book nothing seems right until the end.This is a great opportunity to read an exciting story in one sitting? This will not disappoint.
This is a YA story with a teenage heroine, but it will appeal to older readers as well, both for its references to grunge music (which I, having been a teen at that time, really appreciated), and its deeper philosophical themes. The author seamlessly weaves metaphysical and existential concepts into the story - something rare in today's fiction that I wish I saw more of.Also, the story itself is well written, with believable characters, humor, and a cool ending. I hate spoilers, so I won't ruin it here, except to say that the ending is one of those great surprises that is unpredictable, yet makes sense when you look back and think about it. There is a mystery in this novella that grabs you right from the beginning, and there is a big pay-off when you reach the end and discover the answer.
Okay, I would normally start a review out by giving by telling you what the book was about, but I'm not going to do that this time. The reason for this is because I have no idea! This book was extremely confusing. It kind of just jumped right on in without any buildup whatsoever. The prologue made you think, "Okay. So the prologue is the buildup." But then you start reading the first chapter and it seemed like the prologue was there for no reason whatsoever. (Don't worry; at the very end, and I mean the very end, of the book you find out what the whole point of the prologue was.) So I'm just going to give a few thoughts on this book. First of all, the book is written in first person POV by a teenage girl named Emily, called Em. Em constantly said the word "whilst": "..whilst I'm in mid-thought.."; "..whilst we casually watch the students.."; "..whilst the fireworks exploding behind us.."; "..whilst almost laughing with myself.."; "..whilst typing on the keyboard..". It was in the book 36 times in a 138 page book. Now I don't know about you, but when I was a teenage girl, the word "whilst" was not in my vocabulary. One of the main characters in the book was names Eido and Em would constantly call him "Eidiot". Now I really have no idea why, but for some reason this aggravated me. She would call him and Eidiot both to herself and to other people and when she specifically called him an Eidiot to one of the characters (who is only known as the Strange Old Man) he acted as if he heard people being called an Eidiot all the time. I honestly have no idea why, but the lack of reaction from anyone when Em referred to Eido as and Eidiot confused me. Most of these people, especially the Strange Old Man, seemed to adore and practically worship Eido. If someone I adored was called an Eidiot, I would definitely have something to say about it.Please don't get me wrong; I didn't hate the book. There were aspects of it that I really liked. For example, this book was set in the 1990's, though sometime after 1994, as Em's friend Maddie told Em that Kurt Cobain had killed himself. I was a 90's kid. I started high school in the late 1990's, so I vividly remember (and deeply miss) the grunge age. The author mentioned numerous bands from my childhood; Nirvana, Soundgarden, Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M. While Em and Maddie were walking down the street, they were drinking Jolt Cola (Remember Jolt? Crazy stuff!) and passed by a movie theatre that was showing The Crow and Clerks. They went into a record store that was selling cassettes alongside CD's. I was thrilled to be reading about all of this; it was like taking a walk down memory lane. One of the quotes from the books said it all: "Grunge is apparently the music of now, of our generation.." Yes, it was. And I miss it. I also must say that I was rather jealous of Em's high school; they got recess! For me, elementary school marked the end of that blissful half hour. Overall, I did not enjoy the book as much as I thought, and hoped, that I would. It was very difficult to follow; characters would have conversations that either made no sense to begin with or would jump topics so quickly that you couldn't follow along.Now, please keep in mind that this rating and review are of my own opinion. You may very well enjoy books with an existentialism theme. If you do, then this book is definitely for you, I, however, do not normally enjoy books with philosophical undertones. But again, that's just me.
I liked the thought of this book. However I must say I did not like it.I was given a free copy in exchange for this review. To the author, this was a great attempt however I did not care for the book, I apologize. The following opinions are all my own.The writing: To start off the writing is everywhere. It’s all over the place. The wording can be great at times but also quite poor at others. Sometimes I marvel at the sentences sometimes I quite hate them. The book is scattered with references which I understand to be part of the point of the book, however they do seem to be out of place. I know one thing though I’ll definitely be saying “damn my love of science” from now on.Lack of diversity: I do like that there is female representation in this book however there is a strong lack of anyone who isn't white straight, cis, able bodied, and neurotypical. That’s not to say your cast has to include every marginalized group but its seems far more unrealistic at least to me personally to have a cast of all white people straight cis people, then say a cast with at least a few different races or including a character with adhd, or including a character in a wheelchair ect ect. Many authors do this. I used to do it. However only writing about white people no matter what your setting will always draw poc readers out of the experience. As well as white readers who are aware of a lack of diversity (such as me) again you don’t have to include every single race in the book, but only including one race is ten times more limiting.Characters: the characters are described decently enough and I can see them being solid, however I wasn't interested in any of them. I can barley remember their names. Em is the protagonist but theirs not much to her. She’s not an interesting protagonist in my eyes.Positives: the book hits its target perfectly. It’s called fairytales and grunge and if your into either this book has many a thing for you to enjoy. The characters and people within the book, are all decent enough, the book is a quik read which is a positive thing in my eyes and overall if your into the grunge scene it probably has everything that you are looking for. The titles: I love the chapter names in this book as well as the different formats or fonts used. I find it to be one of the most enjoyable things about it.Formatting: the book is non traditionally formatted. This I can imagine irking some readers but I found I quite enjoyed it. I don’t agree with the opinion that theirs a proper way to format a book. I liked the new way of formatting and style ^__^Lastly dear author: I don’t hate you nor your work. What I’m telling you I realize may be hard to hear. You did enjoy writing this after all. And I can also assume you spent a great deal of time on it. But I didn't like it. This is just my opinion. I promised you an honest review and your receiving one. However your not a bad writer. Bad writers don’t exist. Their non existent. Everyone writes differently and not everyone will enjoy your writing. Just because I didn't like it doesn't mean others won’t. Keep writing I hope you write more in the future. Sincerely with high hopes for you and your future. -Adam
Firstly, I'm not really certain who the target audience for this novella is. People have suggested young adults but I'm not sure I agree. While the characters are teens, the story's text density and existential message will make it inaccessible for many teenagers. I think it will hold greater appeal to people who were teenagers in the 90s as they would be best placed to appreciate its cultural significance.I really liked the idea behind Superunknown more than is execution. It takes its inspiration from the general feel of the nineties, focusing on the often nihilistic lyrics of grunge music and how this formed the soundtrack for the decade. Many of the people in the novel struggle to find meaning in their lives, from Ms. Clason and her fixation on her self-help book to Em, a teenage girl who views herself as having no future prospects. The story examines these cases philosophically, exploring their validity within the greater scheme of things.It's a complex idea but not one that's developed very well in the novel. Really, Superunknown is just a dressed up philosophical essay. It's ideas are very interesting but the story in which they're presented is particularly bland. The characters have next to no development and events are never fully explained. The climax of the novel is particularly confusing. I won't spoil it for you here but I was left a little confused as to what happened over the last couple of chapters and felt as though the author could have explained things a little better.All in all, it wasn't for me. As a Philosophy major I did like the idea behind the story but, as a reviewer of young adult literature, I was left disappointed on the whole. Philosophers or fans of grunge might get some enjoyment out of this novel but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.
If you're looking for something different, this might be the book for you. Superunknown is about Em, a girl who's just starting out at a new high school. She takes notice of a boy named Eido, who seems like a troublemaker. Even though she tries to keep her distance, she keeps getting caught up in stranger and stranger scenarios, and Eido seems to be oblivious to the absurdity despite being central to them.This is an interesting book. I liked how 90s music, technology, and life is snuck into the story. For those who grew up in the 90s, it brings back memories. For younger generations, I imagine it gives them a peek into a much different world. Another thing I liked was the unfolding mystery and the unpredictability of the story melding in with the every day. The story feels original.On the other hand, I felt some of the concepts to be a bit confusing. The ending, well, I'm not sure what really happened. I might need to read up on existentialism and try again to fully understand it. I feel like the message was that you have to enjoy life for what it is, not seek to know more than you're meant to know, and allow the meaning of life to remain a mystery. If you do these things, you'll find happiness. That's what I got out of it.Overall, this is a good book, a bit different than what I normally read. I liked the characters and was intrigued by the concepts the story introduces, even though I was confused from time to time. People who like YA, but crave something a little more deep than the usual offerings may find this one to their liking.I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, non-reciprocal review.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have very mixed feelings about this book. I loved the main character, Em, but I'm not fond of Eido. I liked how absurd the story was, especially since that's what it was going for, but I also found it hard to follow. I loved all the mentions of music, and references to pop culture in 1994, I was in high school then, and I really got a lot of what Enn was talking about, but I also felt that some of it was being shoved down the reader's throat. There was a lot of what felt like like elbow nudging - "hey, hey, did you catch that? A walkman! With cassettes tapes! How 1994, right?". It was distracting and unnecessary. Eido's character was lame and undeveloped, but even more so was Em's. She didn't feel like a real person, so even while I like her, and I could identify with her, I couldn't forget that she was a made up character and not a real person. Her reactions never seemed to be quite - enough. She was far too calm about a lot of situations where most teenage girls would have been freaking out.All in all, I give this book 3 stars. It was interesting to read, but I felt it could have used a little more polishing.
#SuperunknownI would like to first of all thank the author for providing me with a copy of Superunknown and will provide an honest review.I will admit that I was never a big fan of philosophy or of the grunge era, however I have always had an interest in existential questions.This story however did not quite work for me.The more I read, the more confused I got and I could not quite understand why certain events took place and still can't.Maybe the answer to the question of the meaning of life is just that, the unanswered questions.One good thing however is that I will probably read this book again as I may have missed some important clues leading me to a better understand the message the author is attempting to convey.