The Perpetual Motion Club
by Sue Lange
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: August 14, 2013
Publisher: Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing
Genre: YA Fantasy/Fiction
Page Count: 207
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Welcome to the high
school of the future. The glee club is full of rock stars, the brainy
kids hack permanent records, and the basketball players are as conceited
as the cheerleaders. The walls are ablaze with six-foot-high logos of
the hottest junk food, software, and clothing brands of the day. The
popular kids are sponsored by Abercrombie, Microsoft, and Frito-Lay.
You, on the other hand, can't even get a return text from Clearasil.
Your best friend is a witch, your boyfriend a twerp. Your geometry
teacher hates you and your mom is gleefully counting down the days until
graduation. Guess it's time for another hit of iHigh.
Will the high schools of the future become another battlefield for the consumer dollar? Will advertising and sponsorships be considered part of the future? Will this constant inundation an information overload cause one’s attention span to become even more fragmented? For me, from page one, The Perpetual Motion Club by Sue Lange was almost a bombardment of flashing signs, slightly chaotic, or should I say more chaotic that the high school I remember. Think of it, all the angst, the cliques, the power structure, the pressure, all ramped up with high tech commercialism.
In the middle of all of this, is Elsa, a quiet, yet intelligent teen who, after stagnating in her own woes, becomes fascinated by perpetual motion, and begins a weak campaign to get a club sanctioned by the school. It would seem the less support she got, the more determined she became and as sub-plots also work to bring her out of her shell; Elsa gains the personal strength to persevere and in a twisted and convoluted way, brings her dreams to fruition.
Author Sue Lange jumbled all the chaos of the teen years and the school experience together, created typical high school students and turned them loose with all of the zeal of youth. What came out was an extremely entertaining novel that would be suitable for younger readers, who will undoubtedly identify easily with these characters.
The reading is fast –paced, involved, and sometimes racing past like a mind so full of ideas that it cannot process them fast enough. In the end, what comes together from the chaos is success!
I received a copy of this book from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing in exchange for my honest review.