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Colorful Connections: Unwind, Cinder, and Replication

2013 August 14
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In this comparison, I explained details on specific categories in Unwind by Neal Shusterman, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and Replication by Jill Williamson and gave each topic a different color.

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I then created a triangular diagram to compare the main themes. On the triangle, I typed the name of each book on each point. I then summarized each topic, corresponding to its color in the table, and placed it between two of the points on the outside of the triangle. Whichever points on the triangle the text is between relates to which two books shared this quality. In this way I used the diagram to make connections among these three books.

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By completing this comparison, I noticed that all of these books are about science, research, and medicine in the future. They are all based on some kind of disease or disability that society must solve. However, scientists use research and surgery on people to solve it. These books give teenagers’ points of view on controversial issues like cloning, human experimentation, and organ harvesting to create a risky tale of adventure. These books are dystopian in the way they portray future science and its depravity.

This comparison has made me thankful for the wonderful work that scientists are doing today and the cutting edge, yet humane, research they are conducting. I hope that science remains this way and does not stray into the futuristic worlds of these novels.

– Abby W., 11th grade, currently reading Requiem by Lauren Oliver

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