Hacksaw Ridge Film Review

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In Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Gibson spends nearly an hour detailing Doss’ upbringing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Desmond (played as an adult by Andrew Garfield) grows up deeply religious and protective of his mother (Rachel Griffiths), caught in an abusive relationship with Desmond’s alcoholic father (Hugo Weaving), an embittered World War I veteran.

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Pledge by Christina Garner

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Title: Pledge

Author: Christina Garner

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Rating: *****

Review: The prologue of Pledge was short but surprisingly ominous and dark. I genuinely didn’t know whether to smile or be very afraid. The opening chapter introduces us to our protagonist Eden who is preparing to leave for college. We also see she has some issues for which she takes medication but we aren’t privy to the illness itself just yet. Throughout the first chapter we get tiny glimpses into Eden’s past and we begin to see why she takes medication. I also understand her reasons for wanting to escape her old life completely and start afresh somewhere new. Eden while we don’t know much about her at this point is an extremely complex character with astounding depth and at times it almost seems like she has multiple personalities as she switches between a calm Eden and an internally raging Eden is seconds but this is just her way of processing things going on around her.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Genre: YA/Romance/Sci-Fi/Dystopian

Rating: *****

Review: Kady Grant and Ezra Mason, who broke up only the day before, escape Kerenza among a retreating fleet of ships that includes the Alexander (where Ezra ends up), the Hypatia (where we find Kady) and the Copernicus (where Kady’s mom is located). The Alexander, which responded to Kerenza’s distress call, is part of the United Terran Authority (UTA). A BeiTech battleship called the Lincoln, destroys the Alexander’s wormhole gate generator trapping the Alexander in this sector. The nearest jump station, Heimdall (where Kady’s dad is located) is six months away. The Lincoln chases the retreating fleet in an attempt to wipe out all witnesses.

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Ultraviolet by R J Anderson

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Title: Ultraviolet

Author: R J Anderson

Genre: YA/Sci-F i

Rating: ***

Review: Alison wakes up in an unfamiliar place; she’s in hospital about to be moved to a psychiatric institution for young people. Although Alison has not been arrested, the police are suspicious of her because she was the last person to see sixteen-year-old Tori before she disappeared. Alison is unable to explain to anyone, including herself, what really happened that day: at first they were just arguing, but then Tori disintegrated into nothing.

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Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Half-Blood

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal

Rating: *****

Review: Alex is a half-blood, she is part human and part Hematoi. Three years ago she attended a school to become a Sentinel called The Covenant. A Sentinel is a guard that helps protect full blooded Hematoi from the Daimons. Daimons are creatures that suck the aether out of pure and half blood Hematoi. They can also turn pure bloods into Daimons as well but so far they have never turned a half blood.

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The Things I’d Miss by Andrew Clover

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Title: The Things I’d Miss

Author: Andrew Clover

Genre: Contemporary/ Romance

Rating: ***

Review: At the age of 42, Lucy Potts has started to question the path that her life has taken. She is married to the eccentric Simon, whose intense enthusiasm for life once appealed to her but now annoys her. As she struggles with being a good mother to their beloved sons, keeping on top of the artistry work and supporting him through his spontaneous decision to open up a Kiter’s Paradise centre for the local beach, poor Simon just doesn’t seem to be able to be enough. When Lucy is in a car accident, she is greeted by a mysterious guide who encourages her to explore the larger decisions she made in her life, but not stray too far from her body for fear of what might be lost. Suddenly, Lucy’s map of life seems open again as she is free to look at what have might have been had she chosen the other man who still haunts her dreams.

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