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Monday, January 13, 2014

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DNF Review: Out of the Cave by Cotton E. Davis

Out of the Cave
Author: Cotton E. Davis
Released Date: October 7, 2013
Publisher: Burst Books

A neaderthal boy is time transported to the 21st century and eventually mainstreamed into a public high school.

The year is 2036. Fifteen-year-old-Kelly Tracer moves to Rivertown, Missouri, population 1900, where she enrolls in the local high school to begin her sophomore year. Imagine Kelly's surprise when she learns of another newcomer to Rivertown High, a sophomore like herself: a boy from 40,000 years in the past. A Neanderthal.

Further imagine Kelly's shock when she learns Neanderthals were not fellow Homo sapiens but were instead a seperate species of humans unto themselves. She remembers the boy being time transported to the twenty-first century from watching the news when she was six years old. Now, nine years later, he is being mainstreamed.

Kelly is further surprised when she sees Adam (the name humans have given him) in the flesh. Like his long-extinct people, he is heavily muscled with thick brow ridges above his eyes and possessed of a protruding muzzle of a mouth and only a slight chin. Then there is his humongous, spreading nose. More thuggish than simian-looking, Adam's primitive looks put Kelly off. Scare her even.

Kelly gets another surprise. Adam speaks English like an American. Raised by scientists since his sixth year, he sounds just like any other American kid, except for a touch of bass in his voice's timbre. Also, Adam is nothing like the dully fierce caveman stereotype Kelly expected. Aside from being shy, he is mild and thoughtful and quite considerate of the feelings of others. Adam is also very mature for his few years; an evolutionary response, according to his paleoanthropologist adoptive father, to living in the harsh conditions of a major Ice Age.

Not surprisingly, Kelly finds herself liking him.

You guessed it, Kelly and Adam will eventually become an item. But, before that, they'll go through enough tribulations to try the patience of a saint. After-all, the world is no more perfect in the year 2036 than it was in Adam's time.
Disclaimer: Review copy provided by the author for review

     I generally avoid all sports themed books. I just avoid them. Why? Because I'll be even more clueless reading them than reading non-fiction or any other genre in the entire universe. It's literally plopping me into the middle of nowhere and saying, "Okay, here ya go. Hope you survive."
     Or it's pretty much a version of The Hunger Games (how is Catching Fire anyways?). There is no handbook there. You just hide and kill out competition and hope you will be the last in the arena to survive.
     Of course, compared to the Hunger Games, I'd rather be lost.
     Out of the Cave was an exception. I've never read a sports themed book, but it certainly wasn't entirely about sports. *brandishes* The synopsis is pretty much abiotic proof.
     Actually, I was being open-minded and not judging the cover. Though I was a bit hesitant. (There's this gut feeling. It told me, "This is not the book for you. Do NOT read it." I didn't listen.)

     Less is more – One of the things I dislike was a lot of HUGE vocab. Not that I mind (I don't mind at all actually – I might one day use them when it comes to annoying pesky people harmlessly), since that'll more or less help me in the long run – erm, 2 year run. *cough* ACT *cough* I'll probably just forget, but it's nice to see the meaning at least once in my life. Hey, it'll spark a light bulb in the bigger picture. Maybe I'll even get a chance at Harvard (ha. Nope. Not my goal). ;)
     The one that's really irking me is the irrelevant little details. Unless the weight is relevant and important – I don't see how that could happen, I mean, aside from Kevin Geisler trying to lose weight (what kind of YA book is that? This is not the Biggest Loser) – I certainly don't need to know he's 210 pounds. Then again, if that was what the book was about, why did I bother to read it in the first place? O_o
     Research – The author has definitely done his research accurately and thoroughly – or as thoroughly as one can – about Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens, which, in my humble opinion, is pretty important when facts are being used. Though in the case of Midwesterners prone to using the word "horse" is pretty much wrong (I suppose it depends on the area, but I doubt it). Which brings me to my next point.
     Sounding like a textbook – I go to school 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, about 180 days a year, and I have decent grades. I most certainly do not need extra classes (unless I find them highly interesting). FYI stereotypical people, just because I'm Asian, does not mean I'm valedictorian. I don't want to be #1 of the class, and I don't plan on it (but I do plan on being Top 15 or 20 at the least). :p And as Diane said...
It was like taking a course in Football 101.
     No really. It literally was. I tend to sleep through those. Hmm... I wonder what my grade would actually be if that course existed? Probably a lot of detentions on my record. Go ahead and call it surprising. :p
     It is an instant turn off my friends. I am not a Cardinals fan, nor Rams fan, nor Blues fan. Enough said.
     Good premise – The big reason why I didn't just toss Out of the Cave straight out the window (and into the snow or mushy mud from the rain) right at the mention of a long play by play of football games, was the premise and the idea of the story – Time Travel. But I still did in the end.

     Out of the Cave isn't exactly my type of book. It's certainly not a bad book, but I'm obviously not going to go bother trying to understand football. Though in a different circumstance, I probably would like the book.
      But if you understand the sport better than I can (which mine is practically a goose egg), then maybe you'll have a better chance of liking the book. I just know that I'll be avoiding sporty books for sure from here on out. :p
     It was worth a try. *shrugs*

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Owls

~Happy Reading!


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