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Full Tilt (2003)

de Neal Shusterman

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When sixteen-year-old Blake goes to a mysterious, by-invitation-only carnival he somehow knows that it could save his comatose brother, but soon learns that much more is at stake if he fails to meet the challenge presented there by the beautiful Cassandra.
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    Desconnexió de Neal Shusterman (librarylife59)
    librarylife59: Both of these books by Neal Shusterman depict a different world that should be hard to see as real, but somehow come across incredibly realistically. Fantastic reads!
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    Scythe de Neal Shusterman (Lisa5127)
    Lisa5127: This was my first Shusterman book and I loved everything about it! The second book is Thunderhead and it is just as good. The third book comes out in November 2019 and I am counting down the days!
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This book is all about horror, mystery, and of course the thrilling feeling that courses through your veins as you flip every page of this fictional book. At first I wasn’t that hooked up on it but it did interest me in the mid pages of the book where it started to be actually thrilling. I like how the author (Neil Shusterman) wrote this because it felt as though at lot of writers worked on it due to how good the scenarios are in every chapter. I read this in 8th grade and from their I got my taste in books from this exact book. I gives you a sensible storyline with great character involvement in their own sides of the book. I would highly recommend this to any individuals who has a interest in Sci-Fi, Horror or even mystery write-ups. ( )
  j_vince_g | Mar 5, 2020 |
I know a lot of people really like Neal Schusterman. He’s one of those authors I’ve had on my TBR for years, but for one reason or another, I just haven’t read yet. Trust me, it’s not for lack of desire – I actually have a hardcopy of Scythe on my shelf I got on a good special a couple years ago that simply hasn’t popped out of the TBR Jar yet. I got my copy of Full Tilt for $3 on Audible a couple years ago, and it’s been sitting on my audiobook TBR ever since.

In fact, I have no definitive reason why I decided today would be the day to read it. I was scrolling through my Audible and saw the title and thought, “Sure!”.

It’s was exactly perfect timing.

While I know other people will scream praises of his more recent novels, I’m really glad I started with Full Tilt. I’m afraid if I didn’t, I wouldn’t like it as much as I did. Full Tilt is like a love letter to Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes crossed with the campy thrills of a Goosebumps novel. Thirteen-year-old me would have loved this book. Thirty-year-old me did as well. It was just the right level of horror to be interesting but not gory, and there were so many elements in the book that kept me on edge. Schusterman did a great job of building a ghost carnival overflowing with imagination. It sucks the reader in… literally, and figuratively.

In the modern world of YA., Full Tilt probably comes off as oversimplified. The characters are impulsive and genuine and emotional. They react rashly, and care about shallow things. And they’re sixteen, so all of this makes perfect sense. The characters in this novel are the most realistic teenagers I’ve read in a while. Adult readers of YA expect unreasonable levels of maturity from their characters, but guess what? I don’t think any of us were perfectly rational, calculated people at that age. I know I wasn’t! Their flaws make them that much more real.

Despite the setting and the length of the book (only xx pages), Schusterman’ not only manages to provide a plot with a ticking clock and great rising and falling actions, fabulous world building, and multilayered characters… he manages to deliver so many small gems of wisdom in each experience. On one hand, these wholesome moments can be cheesy. But it’s also great writing. Full Tilt feels properly like a book written for teens, with a purpose other than entertainment. Schusterman has a clear message of strength and acceptance and self-worth he wants his readers to take away from this experience.

Generally speaking, I liked this book so much. I had no expectations, then I walked into a book about a secret carnival, kidnapped siblings, and a battle for the main character’s soul until sunrise? Any one of those things would have had me picking up this book. For me, Full Tilt is one of those diamond-in-the-rough books that comes out of nowhere and has me wanting to scream about it to the world. It’s horribly underrated in a genre that has become so focused on female protagonists, adult consumers, and sappy romance. Full Tilt is fun, spooky, and delightful. I wholeheartedly recommend you add it to your TBR. ( )
  Morteana | Jan 6, 2020 |
This is a great Creepy Carnival book. Blake, his brother Quinn, and their friends Russ & Maggie end up trapped in an otherworldly carnival. The only way out is if they can ride seven rides before dawn. But each ride taps into one of their biggest fears, and no one has ever escaped before...

I enjoyed this one. It was fast-paced and creepy with a satisfying ending. It doesn't take long to get to the carnival part and I enjoyed watching Blake try to figure things out. ( )
  Jadedog13 | Oct 9, 2018 |
I read this book in middle school. It was for an AR (Accelerated Reading)thing I thought it was dumb at the time because at the time I hated reading. But I got this book and loved it. Like I said it was in Middle School when I read it so I really can't remember all of it but I do remember it was an awesome book. It was so freaky all the way through, a thrill to and I loved it all the way, it was just amazingly awesome. ( )
  Sam-Teegarden | Jun 2, 2018 |
4 / 5

a bit shorter than my usual read, but it managed to find a really great fast pace and stay really entertaining. bumped up a star bc i'm always a slut for creepy carnivals :)

full review for this and all the other books i've got waiting for reviews to come next month (hopefully irl stuff will be less hectic then) ( )
  daydreamofalife | Aug 5, 2017 |
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