The characters are well-developed and you can feel their angst. I didn't know what a geodesic dome was before I read this novel, either! An original story with great characters and a unique plot that will have you waiting for Bognanni's next novel. A very creative and superb novel! Jul 03, Chris Blocker rated it really liked it Shelves: In many regards, The House of Tomorrow isn't a spectacular book.
It follows a formula that has become trite in fiction. The story largely rolls out as most readers would expect from a coming-of-age story. Every time a new character pops up, you can guess the role they'll play. Stylistically, The House of Tomorrow doesn't stand out. Despite its lack of surprises, Peter Bognanni's debut novel is still an interesting and entertaining read.
Though it sticks with the formula and is peopled with predic In many regards, The House of Tomorrow isn't a spectacular book. Though it sticks with the formula and is peopled with predictable characters, the plot itself and the characters themselves are a joy to watch. This is a story about punk rock, geodesic domes, hero worship, education, and friendship.
There's nothing formulaic about the individual aspects of the story, just the way they interact with one another. Bognanni does a wonderful job crafting main characters who are believably human despite their strange circumstances. On the flip side, many of the secondary characters are used for irony and laughs. They cross lines, particularly in regards to religion, that make them overdrawn stereotypes.
I get it, religion—especially youth groups—can be hypocritical and comical, but the lack of a character who countered this stereotype forced a lopsided story in this regard. The House of Tomorrow is not one of the more memorable stories I've read of late, but it does stand out. Bognanni nails many of the aspects of adolescence that other authors miss. No, there aren't many surprises or unforgettable scenes, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the ride.
I loved these characters and I really enjoyed watching their lives unfold. Despite the heaviness of the plot at times, The House of Tomorrow was a fun read. Mar 20, Karen Germain rated it really liked it. I picked up Peter Bognanni's debut novel, "The House of Tomorrow" after reading multiple positive magazine reviews. I'm happy to report that this was a wonderful first book by an new, original voice in modern literature. The pair live alone, mostly cut off from society except for giving weekly tours of their usual home, which supplement the grandmother's Social I picked up Peter Bognanni's debut novel, "The House of Tomorrow" after reading multiple positive magazine reviews.
The pair live alone, mostly cut off from society except for giving weekly tours of their usual home, which supplement the grandmother's Social Security income. Their way of life is in peril, when Sebastian's grandmother suffers a stroke during a tour and the dysfunctional family visiting the dome take Sebastian into their care. Bognanni creates wonderful, rich characters that manage to feel very real, despite their rather unusual circumstances.
In particular, Sebastian is a sweet boy, desperate to make friends and find a place for himself in a world that is constantly shifting around him. This is a story about family, friendship, faith and love. A story about finding a place to belong. I throughly enjoyed both the story and Boganni's writing style. It's quirky and unique.
I couldn't put it down and despite being on vacation in Europe for the first time, found myself wanting to stay in and finish the book! I highly recommend "The House of Tomorrow" and look forward to Bognanni's future novels. Please visit my blog for my England trip report and book related things! Jun 08, Adam rated it liked it. If your parents die in a plane crash, and the Futurist grandmother who is raising you has had a lifelong passionate devotion to the teachings and person of R.
Buckminster Fuller, you might end up like Sebastian Prendergast, a quiet, highly intelligent boy living in a geodesic dome on the outskirts of a small town in Iowa. The kid's rarely been into town, and has had interaction with other people only through the visitors that come to marvel at the spherical oddity of his home, but his heart is t If your parents die in a plane crash, and the Futurist grandmother who is raising you has had a lifelong passionate devotion to the teachings and person of R.
The kid's rarely been into town, and has had interaction with other people only through the visitors that come to marvel at the spherical oddity of his home, but his heart is true, and his love for his grandmother is deep. As a result, when she has an unexpected stroke, Sebastian is thrown for a loop - he begins to question his upbringing, and whether or not avoidance of the world is a good idea after all. Along the way, he's kicked out of his home, is introduced to punk rock, falls in love with a girl, and ends up serving a the crux of change, confrontation, and unleashed creativity in the lives of those he comes into contact with.
I flew quickly through this book, earnest in my liking for this earnest and likable boy, rooting for him every step of the way. It's an honest exploration of the awkward, sometimes ugly world of relational strain, family issues, and the teenage years, so if colorful language at times offends you, you might be better served by continuing to deny the reality of its existence. An enjoyable read, for sure. Mar 22, Traci rated it it was amazing. I want to recommend this book but I don't want to say too much about it.
I didn't read the back cover or anything and it was all a wonderful surprise. I read a lot of books and many are very good but only a few are this enjoyable. Oct 17, Dalton Gregory rated it really liked it. The House of Tomorrow is a coming-of-age novel with a virtuoso twist and a hint of science fiction. I heard about it in-class, from my teacher, Claudia Swisher, coupled with a book trailer on YouTube. I do not know if this book is formally classified as a coming-of-age novel, but it has all of the elements you'd expect from one.
But there's one thing that makes it different from other novels of the same vein: I didn't care about the protagonist, Sebastian. One would think that in t The House of Tomorrow is a coming-of-age novel with a virtuoso twist and a hint of science fiction.
One would think that in this kind of novel, a year-old male student would be able to empathize with Sebastian, but I just didn't. Sebastian is an isolated kid - he's spent nearly his whole life living in a giant Geodesic dome with his only company being his grandmother and the various tourists that are drawn to their strange home. As a result of this isolation, he's not like other kids, and while that sounds like a pretty good premise for a coming-of-age story, I do not think that it resonates well with the majority of teens in the expected audience.
I think, if anything, this novel would have a powerful appeal to homeschooled teens, and I'm tempted to recommend it to some friends of mine who come from that kind of background just to see what they think. I'm not saying the novel wasn't good, however. I genuinely enjoyed it, I just could not make myself relate to the protagonist, and this prevented me from ever achieving any sort of suspension of disbelief.
Personally, I felt that Jared, Sebastian's first "friend," was a much more dynamic, interesting character than Sebastian. But I wasn't completely detached from the story. Sebastian is an aspiring musician - in the novel he learns to play the bass guitar, which is actually the instrument that I am the most well-versed in. I found the virtuoso portions of the novel to be surprisingly believable, and I think these scenes allowed Bognanni to really flex his literary muscles - there was a section of the book describing Sebastian playing the bass in a forest that gave me goosebumps.
One small disappointment I had while reading the novel was when I realized that the book was never going to take a serious Sci-Fi turn. The book trailer I watched when I heard about the book had me under the impression that it was going to be more surreal than it was. I don't think this is really a fault of the book, though, but rather, the video, so while I was a bit disheartened, I'm not going to hold the realism against the novel.
So in summary, I liked this book, I just feel like I wasn't meant to read it. I think this book is powerful and could easily be a favorite when read from the correct background. If I had the history to truly appreciate this novel for what it's worth, I think it would be one of my favorite novels. I can't give this five stars because I don't feel I got the full package from it, but I definitely believe this book is capable of giving someone that experience. Jun 12, Liviania rated it it was amazing. I find myself at a point where I'm impatient. As a child, I would read a book to the end, no matter what.
As a teenager, I read through the first hundred pages, at least. If I'm in the mood to read, I want something that has me clicking along by the first few pages. I don't have time to waste. Peter Bognanni didn't even try to waste my time. Within a few pages, I understood the relationship between Sebastian Prendergast and his grandmother. There's something uncomfortably close about them, I find myself at a point where I'm impatient. There's something uncomfortably close about them, but she's controlling and he's growing older and chafing.
And then she has a stroke, right when he meets Jared Whitcomb and his mother. The sheltered Sebastian is an interesting creation. He's been raised like an experiment, but eventually Frankestein's monster has to go out and meet the girl. Punk music is the perfect vehicle for his growth. Punk, despite it's DIY, no-need-to-know-about-music attitude, often isn't for beginners. It's too much a reaction to other stimuli. But I totally believe that a teenager who needs to express something that's his, not his grandmother's, would be seduced as much by punk as by a fellow geek and the fellow geek's hot sister.
I'm a fan of character-driven works. If there are enough convincing relationships going on, the plot becomes a bonus rather than a desparately needed framework. As much as I love unintenionally funny Sebastian on the character's part, not the author's , I also love the Whitcombs. Janice, Jared, and Meredith have all been through the wringer, but they want their family to be happy. They all try to martyr themselves a little for the sake of the others, but all of their ploys just intersect to make the household tense.
Sebastian shakes them up just enough for them to see the ruts they're about to fall into.
But back to the music. I love music and I love reading about it. Some authors write music like they've never seen an instrument. Others, like Stephanie Kuehnert and Maggie Stiefvater, write it like it flows through their veins and drips out from under their fingernails. Peter Bognanni can write music. Once Jared and Sebastian form the Rash, they have to figure out something to play. Yet no matter how terrible their lyrics seem, I would love to see them perform.
The music reads as fun and consuming. There are crushed hopes and living dreams. There are characters straight out of an indie film who act like people you might meet in real life. It's an absorbing book that ends to soon. Everything came to a conclusion, but I could've kept reading.
Sep 26, Mr. Allain rated it liked it. I usually find it easy to rate a book based on what it's trying to be - but I struggled with this one. I genuinely love the premise: Some fun, knowing references to punk rock? Then it does a sloppy pivot into YA Instead, it flirts halfheartedly with "sick teen" tropes and paints the female characters as imploding bundles of nerves in need of any male presence to calm and validate them - even an oddball teen kid who has barely stepped out of his Nana's geodesic dome In Bognanni's defense, there IS a great moment when the protagonist calls out his buddy on the fact that all his objectifying talk amounts to a not-so-subtle cover for his own insecurity and inexperience.
I mean, I think it IS important to understand the underlying pain that sometimes sparks people, especially teens, to spread ignorance, pain, and anger. I LIKE being challenged to process unseemly behavior in a character that I otherwise want to root for. If the female characters hadn't been SO poorly written, I think I would have been inclined to read a lot more moments in the text as nuanced social commentary. As it stands, unfortunately, the misogyny just read as misogyny.
That being said, I'd be willing to give Bognanni another try. As I mentioned earlier - the premise was fantastic, and this book came out in That is a lot of time to mature and develop in a world that has gotten a lot better at encouraging writers to confront their personal biases and narrow lenses.
Jun 14, Dorie rated it really liked it. Great coming-of-age story about a boy who lives an isolated and home-schooled existince with his eccentric grandmother in a geodesic dome. After a summer prank goes awry, a teenage boy falls in love while grappling with his guilty conscience. A small-town nurse named Susette Kelo emerges as the reluctant leader of her working-class neighbors in their struggle to save their homes from political and corporate interests bent on The film tells futurist, architect, and inventor R.
Buckminster Fuller's incredible story through two teens hoping to get laid, become punk gods, and survive high school. If you were saved by Punk Rock as a teenager, this one is for you. It's not only an inspiration for the misfit kids of today but for the burnt out adults who gave up on their dreams to grow up. The dialog is well written, the soundtrack is excellent, and the acting is on point as well. I've seen Alex Wolff in a few movies now and believe he's going to be a huge star. From this role and a previous one, it's easy to see he's a fan of the same bands I've been inspired by over the years.
Perhaps he'll start a band and we'll share the stage one day. The House of Tomorrow will go down as one of those coming of age cult classics such as Angus.
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