The Nest

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Steve’s baby brother is far from healthy. He is in the hospital almost every day. The worry seems to have tired out all of Steve’s family. One night, as Steve is sleeping, he is visited by angelic beings who tell him, “we will make your brother perfect. All you need to do is say yes.” Steve is more than happy to agree, but as he is visited more and more, he realizes the beings aren’t Angels. They’re wasps. And they aren’t going to fix the baby. They are replacing him. Steve must decide if he should uphold his agreement and let his brother be taken, or protect him at all costs. Time is running out:, the queen will fight and try to kill him if he opposes her.

This book poses some very interesting questions. What is perfect? Why do we want it so much? Is “perfect” really best? Is imperfection necessary to understand others? The writing style is very surreal and the plot was rather creepy at times. Steve’s struggles were easy to emphasize with. His worries and issues were realistic and heartrending.

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Author Kenneth Oppel, Jon Klassen, Illustrator
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 256 pages
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 06-Oct-2015
ISBN 9781481432320
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Issue October 2015
Category Tweens


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