Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Week 3- I Love Dark YA Blogfest - Music and Movie Fun

I think today is my last day for week 3 of the blogfest by which I should do week 3.
I am a little behind. Okay, I'm a lot behind.

November 16th:
Music and Movie Fun—Take a dark YA book and build a soundtrack for it or cast characters for a movie version.

I am reading a Dark YA book called " Small Minded Giants" by Oisin McGann.
He is an Irish author.The story is set 200 years in the future.

Built to provide refuge for its population from the ravages of a frozen climate, Ash Harbour lies beneath a concraglass dome. Its streets, paths and bridges, are all constructed to generate power. This "Machine" is an intricately controlled system balanced in such way so that its inhabitants can go about their daily lives as "normally" as possible. But Ash Harbour's finely-tuned operation is under threat; the city is plagued by accidents, and they are steadily getting worse.

One kid, 16 year-old Solomon Wheat lives as happily as anyone can be in such a confined dark environment. (There is little light from above as the dome as it's often covered with snow) But when his father, Gregor, has gone missing and is accused of murder, Sol begins to search for his father and soon is pursued by mobsters trying to collect on Gregor's gambling debts. The police are watching him, and so are the Clockworkers; a shadowy organisation founded to protect the operation of the Machine.

There's definitely an undertone of how capitalism has brought this mini society to its knees and how the people in power has made it hard for their citizen to live without light and heat. It would be quite depressing to live this way and the author translates well the feeling.

One of the side characters Cloe is a rebellious kid whose band, the "Freak Soup", has been refused to be part of their school end-of-the-year gig because of the "inflammatory" content of her song lyrics. She basically condemns the system and the system is condemning her. All these greater messages are subtle and nicely put together.
A good read for young adults.

Funnily enough, Cleo is big into music so this book coincidentally fits quite well with the blogfest.

So to wrap up and based on this book' storyline, here is my very short soundtrack...

1. God is an Astronaut. Beyong the Dying Light.

2. Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name

3. Rush- Resist

4. Magnolia - Wise up (Aimee Mann)

5.  Magnolia - Mad World (Gary Jules)



  1. You did it right! It's about picking songs that suit a book, I'm just terrible at that. I can always think of one, but after that I'm lost.
    Nice choices! I haven't read this book yet, but it sounds great.

  2. This book sounds great. I keep learning about new books through this blogfest and I'll never make it to the end of my TBR list. Oh well. I think It's easier to do a playlist when there is a music lover as a character. If you know the character well, you can match music to the character's preference instead of your own.