The Green Glass Sea

The Green Glass Sea[KINDLE] ✽ The Green Glass Sea By Ellen Klages – It is 1943 and 11 year old Dewey Kerrigan is traveling west on a train to live with her scientist father but no one not her father nor the military guardians who accompany her will tell her exactly wh It is and year old Dewey Kerrigan is traveling west on a train to live with her scientist father but no one not her father nor the military guardians who accompany her will tell her exactly where he is When she reaches Los Alamos New Mexico she learns why he's working on a top secret government program Over the next few years Dewey gets to know eminent scientists starts tinkering with her own mechanical projects becomes friends with a budding artist who is as much of a misfit as she is The Green Epub / and all the while has no idea how the Manhattan Project is about to change the world This book's fresh prose and fascinating subject are like nothing you've read before.

Ellen Klages was born in Ohio and now lives in San FranciscoHer short fiction has appeared in science fiction and fantasy anthologies and magazines both online and in print including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Black Gate and Firebirds Rising Her story Basement Magic won the Best Novelette Nebula Award in Several of her other stories have been on the final ballot f.

The Green Glass Sea eBook á The Green  Epub /
  • Hardcover
  • 324 pages
  • The Green Glass Sea
  • Ellen Klages
  • English
  • 20 June 2016
  • 9780670061341

10 thoughts on “The Green Glass Sea

  1. says:

    Some time needs to elapse for me to see if this book makes as much of an imprint on me as it now seems but this is one I might consider for my favorites shelfIn this novel everything so vivid the feelings and thoughts and actions of the characters the many descriptions of food the train ride the community the terrain the record albums so much all of itThe author is a terrific storyteller and this is a perfectly crafted bookI loved the main character Dewey In real life I would have hated being in that place at that time with those people but as a reader I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the people and at the places in the book There’s a bibliography of suggested books written about the creation of the atomic bomb at the end of the bookI’m glad that there’s a seuel to this book It’s titled White Sands Red Menace but I’m a little afraid to read it because The Green Glass Sea might be in my top 100 favorite books of all time that’s how much I loved it and I’m not sure I'll feel so positively about the seuelThe author is local living in San Francisco and I’d like to see her become a Goodreads author – I messaged her and made that reuest

  2. says:

    This book it strikes me is everything wrong with children's literature As an adult book it would be a four star book but as a children's book it's a 2 star bookOPINION FILLED REVIEW BELOWSummary two awkward girls meet at the army base in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project and eventually become friendsThat's the whole plot right there ^^ The characters are good but children who are reading stories aren't really in it for the lush landscape descriptions or the deep introspections on what adults might be thinking The book survives at all because of the glancing references to things adults would know but children the target audience would not Richard Feynmann shows up and he's a nice guy Do kids know who he is? Well maybe if they're reading this book as a companion to a unit on World War II But otherwise no it falls flat He shows up on the train in the beginning is nice and then never shows up againWithout that kind of nudge nudge wink wink at the adult reader the book would have no reason to exist Moreover the author is working hard to create an idealized childhood in the confines of what we consider to be hellish and nonidealized a good idea but that's not something a nine year old reader is going to care much about Nine year old readers want adventures not a theoretical construct of idealized childhood They want a clear ending not the story kind of petering out to a stop because we've finally reached the location where the title takes placeWho enjoys that? Adults do Adults will say Wow in the shadow of the bomb these children are free and create something of their own paradise And adults will say Oh we know the horrors of the A bomb and we get all these references And when people are sitting around deciding literary awards for children's fiction who's on the panel? A group of nine year olds and ten year olds who had to read this book as part of their unit on WWII? No it's a group of editors literary agents and literary authors who discuss the consciousness raising aspects of the work without saying If Grandma Julia wraps this up and gives it to Susie for Christmas under the tree is Susie going to like it?And that's the kicker an adult looking for a Christmas gift might pick out this book because it's award winning etc etc and then if the kid attempts to read it the kid feels meh about it Nothing really happens in the story as far as the kid is concerned because the real work is taking place in the subtext the context the themes and the tone The main characters are eleven I've been told repeatedy by editors that kids read upward sigh meaning they must think the ideal audience is nine or ten years old? Books like this kill children's love of reading This is the reason people will come to me unprovoked and say I don't read but I know I should This is the reason people stare at me in line at the Post Office if I'm reading while waiting Reading is a chore; it's something you do because it's good for you; it's like flossing or doing sit ups There are no hobby flossists and they find it eually weird that there are hobby readersBTW the easy comparison here is The Book Thief which is a great book Also with a child protagonist; also set during WWII; also with adult themes etc etc etc; but not directly aimed at children even though I know children who've read it multiple times The Book Thief also had going on plotwise That's a great book so go read The Book Thief instead The other potential comparison would be Lord of the Flies except the childhood society the kids construct isn't developed enough to make it a sociological study of human nature In fact after Suze confronts the bully nothing happens as a result of it But I was forced to read Lord of the Flies in grammar school AND middle school and I hated every minute of it both times HahI read this as an adult and found it interesting; I will not pass it along to any of my kids even though they're readers

  3. says:

    It was foolish of me to think reading one chapter late last night was a good idea I read the whole book and sobbed It was late enough when I started SighWhat an unusual topic and how vividly depicted and beautifully written I loved Dewey's interaction with real people not overdone but very convincing Lots of little touches were fascinating as for instance the difficulty applying to college from a school that didn't exist or the casual description of a five cent package of Koolaid as a treat I also liked that Suze although clueless about science was closer to guessing what was going on than Dewey and I appreciated the underplayed ending Some authors even talented ones can't resist being cutesy I am thinking of the talented Gladys Malvern in which some historical character in early AD mutters to another something like These Christians they'll never constitute a critical mass it's just a passing fad That breaks the mood by interjecting the author into the story

  4. says:

    I need to read this book The paperback version includes the author's Scott O'Dell acceptance speech which has one of my favorite statements about historical fictionA lot of people think history is boring It's just names and dates and facts that you have to memorize for a testUp until last October I was primarily a science fiction writer Which means I'm in a uniue position to recognize that this holds up The Green Glass Sea is a time machine Because that's really what we want out of historical fiction We want to go there We don't want to be on the outside looking in We want the backstage tour We want to be there as the events of history are unfolding around usIf you accept that this book is a time machine then there's one thing that you need to know the one unbreakable law of time travel you cannot change the pastBut I hope that when you close the cover of The Green Glass Sea and return to your own life you may discover that the past has changed you

  5. says:

    When I was in high school I did an extra credit report on Oppenheimer Little Boy and Fat Man It was all new to me and so interesting and horrifying that I have always been very interested in that area of history This is a work of historical fiction about the scientists who worked on the atomic bomb and their families It is told from the point of view of the children who were not given many details of the highly classified project and thus not many details make it into the story The bomb is a looming presence in the story though only because the reader has knowledge that the characters do not Ultimately the book is about its characters who are written so well that I would immediately recognize them if I met them Especially Dewey What a great character Not only do I really like her but I'm so happy to find a girl protagonist who is good at math and likes to build and invent things There aren't enough of those in children's literature Not that I'm good at math necessarily but I want girls who ARE good at math and science to be encouragedI liked this book a lot and highly recommend it

  6. says:

    I really wanted to like this book Really Unfortunately I didn't The historical setting of Los Alamos was intriguing but I had ualms with the plot and its predicatbility It moved rather slowly for me and also didn't say enough about how devastating the Gadget was spoiler I couldn't understand for the life of me why the Gadget's effects of creating the Green Glass Sea were supposed to be a fitting last connection between Dewey and her father This turn of events didn't sit well with me as they seemed to negate the destruction and damage the Gadget could do

  7. says:

    When I picked up this book I was SO excited to read it because while I've read a lot of novels set during WWII I've never really thought about the scientists or their families who worked on developing the gadget The unusual nature of the setting and the casting of Dewey Kerrigan a techie little girl who has spent so much of her childhood alone really intrigued me And there were aspects of this book that I liked but given my anticipation I was disappointed in this bookWhy? I thought the ending was way too ambiguous with no real explanation of the aftermath of the bomb being dropped on Japan In reality this event changed the whole world The book jacket says that Klages is working on a seuel will she deal with that or skip ahead? I also thought it strange that in 3 places Klages switches from writing in past tense to writing in present tense Is there some deep meaning in that or is it just bad editing? Additionally it's just a personal preference of mine but I didn't like that Dewey had to endure so much tragedy while Suze's life though not perfect is not nearly so affected by the war Dewey is such a likeable character and I wanted her to have the happiness she deserved Without giving too much away Klages' handling of Dewey's emotional reaction to the biggest tragedy is sensitive and realistic but the author really doesn't handle any of the legal or logisticalformal repercussions To me that hurt the credibility of the plot twistI think this book is listed as YA although the publisher lists it as for ages 9 and up So as I read this it was very striking how every adult in the book seems to smoke andor drink alcohol on a regular basis I've never noticed that so much in a children's or YA novel before It felt jarring and strange even if it fit the time period Certainly my grandparents who were close to the ages of the parents in this book smoked and had their cocktails But it just seemed really odd that so much attention was paid to it Was she just trying to illustrate how stressed out all these scientists were?Finally it really irritated me how often Suze's parents took the Lord's name in vain It just really didn't seem necessary to me

  8. says:

    Please note since I'm assuming that only someone who has read the book would want to read a review hidden on account of spoilers I'm not going to spend anytime describing the book's premiseWould have given this one 35 stars if I could have The ending with the trip to the green glass sea and then the announcement on the radio turned off at the last moment still haunts me I've perused a few of the other reviews and noticed that many people fault this book for not putting across forcefully the devastation the atomic bombs wrought but the fact that Klages barely touches on the horror of atomic warfare which the characters in the book are of course largely ignorant of ironically makes the book powerful in its subtlety Perhaps someone ignorant of the events of Aug 6th or Aug 5th in the time zone in which the story is taking place would glide right over the ending and be unmoved by it It does reuire the reader to bring some knowledge to the book for it to really work On a similar note one reviewer thought it was wrong or at least inappropriate for Dewey to take a piece of the glass and to think of it as her father's last gift to her but again I found this to be subtle and heart breaking I didn't need to be told that atomic warfare is bad I know that And this is a story told from Dewey's point of view and as chilling as the thought of that glass is at the same time her father's genius and the abstract beauty of science are a part of it It's complicated and devastating just like lifeSo why didn't I give this book stars? Because I found the plotting uite predictable When the good bye between Dewey and her father was so emotional and drawn out I knew right then he wasn't coming back When Suze flung her arm around Dewey as they rounded the corner with the wagon I knew the mean girls would be right there and bingo there they were Suze's sudden blooming into an artist also did not seem convincing to me And sometimes I found myself wishing that the author had a lighter touch and just a glimmer of a sense of humor For these reasons and because the ending of this book was so utterly perfect in its chilling way I'm not sure I'll be seeking out the seuel

  9. says:

    Dewey’s dad is a scientist and ever since WWII began he’s been helping the government with a top secret project When Dewey’s grandma has a stroke she travels by herself to a secret military base in New Mexico Even though she’s only ten years old she has always liked math and science and making her own little projects from stray gears and nuts and bolts Along with her leg brace and glasses this makes her an easy target for other kids to pick on her At the new base where she lives with her dad the other girls call her “Screwy Dewey” just because she’s smart and different Mostly she doesn’t care but when her dad is sent to Washington DC on official business Dewey has to move in with another family and their ten year old girl Suze Suze and Dewey are not friends and this makes their living arrangement kind of hostile at first But eventually other events happen that lead them to become friends Then the worst thing in the world happens to Dewey While all this is happening the scientists on the secret base have been working on a “gadget” a top secret project that will “end the war” The “green glass sea” is a term given to the crater blasted into the desert ground by the first atomic blast in New Mexico The gadget is a nuclear bomb and it does end the war but at a tremendous cost to it’s creators and victimsIf you want to see actual photos of the green glass sea just google it in the images search You can even buy pieces of the green glass online This book really covers the nuclear subject from a different perspective and I found it an enjoyable read

  10. says:

    I think we have a winner for my rarely given 5 stars of love ratingWhat a great book What a great book for girls I read this aloud to my daughter and we both greatly enjoyed the story of Dewey a science loving girl who goes to live with her father who is working on a government project for the war in Los Alamos New Mexico a place that doesn't officially exist The mystery and the secrecy that was Los Alamos The Manhattan Project the gadget and the Trinity test is brought to life through the eyes of a young girl who doesn't fully understand everything that is happening with the mathematicians and scientists working on the hill but knows that they are trying to do something that will stop the warThis book continues through the test of the gadget the Trinity nuclear bomb that was tested at White Sands in July 1945 causing the titled Green Glass Sea which Dewey is allowed to visit and ends simply with a radio announcement of onto the Japanese city of Hiroshima this morning our only hint that the atomic bomb has now been dropped on that city in August 1945 There is a second book in this series White Sands Red Menace which continues this story and we will be reading that one immediately

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