Middle Ground

Middle Ground

Book - 2012
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In 2060, seventeen-year-old Maddie is sent to a Los Angeles detention center and subjected to brainwashing to get her to accept a world in which nearly all personal interaction is done online.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2012
ISBN: 9780547863368
0547863365
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 22 cm

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LauraSteinert
Dec 09, 2015

Not just for teens, but that is the intended audience. The two books in the series (so far) are well written and the characters are complex and very brave in the face of unbeatable odds. The question of where technology takes us next, and who is to blame for our cultural and political "choices" is intriguing. Following the nearly one-a-day mass shootings in the US for 2015, this is a timely book for parents and teens. I recommend it for family discussion.

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kesha1123
Oct 28, 2013

Decent sequel that continues to delve into the dangers of being too consumed with technology. Justin is a dreamy hero and Maddie is a worthy heroine/damsel in distress.

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renheart115
Apr 13, 2013

I think this book was A THOUSAND TIMES better than the first. It was way more interesting, in terms of the plot, and how much it kept drawing me in, and how I just couldn't put it down. I was HOPING for her to get into the detention center :P And I got my wish, and got my other wish that she was strong enough to make it out. What I like about this series is that, despite the lack of a love triangle and damsel-in-distress heroine, the book was still very very very interesting. And Justin's and Maddie's relationship was not boring, even when they're just talking on a beach and not fighting DS. I like that they are constantly learning WITH each other, instead of the guy bombarding her with all of his beliefs, and her following him to the ends of the earth because she realizes her world sucks all this time...or whatever. :P Maddie is also a very refreshing heroine, her sarcasm and wit keeps even the "slow" scenes from being dull.

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renheart115
Apr 13, 2013

'I don't think you ever know completely what you want until you get hurt. It takes pain. You dig your way through all that pain so you never have to experience it again.' -Justin

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renheart115
Apr 13, 2013

"He told me he was convinced most people were motivated not by what they wanted but what they wanted to avoid." - Maddie

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HLINGUM
Feb 14, 2013

"Do you think I'll ever have a normal life?" I wondered out loud.
"No," he answered easily and opened the passenger door for me. "That would mean you'd suddenly become obedient. Again, not possible. And boring."

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