Monday, January 14, 2013

Book Review: The Book of Blood

Title: The Book of Blood
Author: HP Newquist
Teen Reviewer: Mikaela Palandra
Rating: 4/5 stars

From ancient mythology to blood transfusions today, blood plays a huge role in our lives. And that’s exactly what this book is about. It takes you through time, back when people thought releasing blood could cure illness to the past hundred or so years when we have actually discovered what blood’s all about. The author explores the relevance of blood, clears up some common misconceptions, and covers a broad number of topics relating to blood. It provides you with plenty of interesting facts on the incredible liquid that flows through you constantly, keeping you alive.

This non-fiction book provides a span of information on blood. It does have its fair share of plain old facts, but it also talks about blood in animals and mythology, things you may not be as familiar with and I found to be the most interesting parts. The book keeps from being dull for too long with random facts, like explanations on blood types. The author does a good job with getting you to understand basic information about what’s going on. It’s an interesting read, exposing you to a lot of new information without being overwhelming. The layout is not too dense, which makes it a less intimidating read. I would have enjoyed a bit more information on the understanding of blood nowadays than the basic description, but it got across the facts well, and it does teach you something new. Basically it’s a good, fun book, especially for someone who finds science as fascinating as I do.

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