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The World is Wrong

The World is Wrong - Steve Simpson

The World is Wrong – Steve Simpson

The World is Wrong by Steve Simpson  is a Science Fiction book targeted at teenagers.  Something in the world is very messed up.  Steve, Marie and their friends find that their memories of certain events that happened in the  past seem different  from the way they remember it.  As the day pass there seems to be  more and more  discrepancies in their recollection and many people who were nice towards them become increasingly aggressive.

There is something certainly gravely wrong in the world and it is up to Steve and his friends  to set things right with the space time. With their newly created the machine they try to reset time and continuum till when it was before the machine was developed and faced a lot of resistances and challenges on the way.

My thoughts

It has been a while since I last read a science fiction- time travel related- book. I initially gave the book to the boys to read however they have yet to read it due to their heavy school loads.

I found the plot a bit confusing to follow  along especially towards the last few chapters as there were many clones around of the main characters- Steve, Marie, Jenny and it wasn’t clearly where the clones came from and what they were doing in this current  space and dimension.

I find it weird that there were zombies thrown into the equation during the re-positioning of time back to equilibrium prior to the development of the machine.  There were quite a bit of twist and turn to the plot as they required about 4 tries before everything was finally reset and everything was back to normal.

Do pick up a copy of the book if you are interested in your kids reading Science fiction stories.

Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are 100% mine.

West Side Story – A Review

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West Side Story Singapore 2017

West Side Story Singapore 2017

Romeo and Juliet inspired  play West Side Story has recently hit the shores of Singapore. The Musical by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein opened at the Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands earlier on this week on the 13th of September.

I was lucky to be invited  to view this musical and it was my 1st time stepping into the Mastercard Theatre to watch a show.  As the show was not suitable for under 16s   due to the adult themes I brought a long a friend to watch the show together with me and we had a blast.

Our tickets to the preview of West Side Story

Our tickets to the preview of West Side Story

Set in the mid 1950s , the tragic love story between a Puerto  Rican girl (Maria) and a  White American (Tony) was portrayed by an all American cast.   The lead actor Marc Koeck as Tony opened up the play with an impressive rendition of his solo ” Maria”. The lead actress   Natalie Bellenger as Maria appeared on stage shortly after and they engaged in the duet  “Tonight”.

Instant chemistry was clearly evident between the leads and the hostility between the rival  street gangs the  Puerto Rican Sharks and Jets, a white gang could be strongly felt by the audience through a mixture of  dance and song. There were elements of pop, funk and jazz brought out through the bold movements of the dancers as they pranced around the stage effortlessly.

Watching the musical brought back memories to the time when I was performing on the violin as part of the live ensemble  during my secondary school days for the plays that were put up as part of the school’s anniversary celebrations.   It has been a really  a long time since I have heard a live orchestra and dancers belting out tunes while dancing on stage.

Capturing a shot with Amie of @mamamiethots before the show started

Capturing a shot with Amie of @mamamiethots before the show started

The first half of the 155 mins musical moved rather slowly as the shenanigans of the rival gangs were played out.  The pace picked up after the intermission and it ended on a “bitter sweet” note after the shootout which resulted in Tony’s death.

The West Side Story is still showing nightly at the Grand Theatre, Mastercard Theatres  at Marina Bay Sands till the 30th of September. (You can still catch it while you can!!)

Tickets are from S$55 to S$185  and can be purchased via the  Sistic  website. 

Limited Time Offer
Cool Tix (Students & NSFs) at S$35 nett ticket*
Silver Tix (Senior Citizens above 60 years old) at S$35 nett ticket*

*Only applicable to E Reserve ticket.
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Disclaimer: I was given 2  tickets to view the musical West Side Story. All opinions are 100% my own.