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The three teams a player can join in Pokemon GO
The three teams a player can join in Pokemon GO

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard about Pokémon GO. But what exactly is it? Pokémon GO is a free to play app that allows you to play the popular video game of the same name in the real world. Created by Niantic, who is known for their previous game, Ingress, the app uses your phone’s camera to show you the Pokémon in the real world. It also uses GPS and real world locations to help you get items in the form of Poke-stops and show off team pride in the form of Pokémon gyms. Once a player gets to level 5, they get the chance to join one of three teams: Team Mystic, Team Valor, or Team Instinct. The team you choose is permanent and others can see what team you joined and is the cause for a lot of rivalry among players.

With all this talk about Pokémon, Pokestops, and gyms, one might be wondering “What exactly are these things?

What a player sees while playing the game
What a player sees while playing the game

” A Pokémon is a creature that is found in the game. They have types which are effective against some and weak to others. A pokeball is a capsule device used by the player in all the games that is used to capture the Pokémon. In Pokémon GO, it is used by swiping it towards the Pokémon on the screen. Pokestops are found at real world locations like important land marks. You see them on the screen and when you get in range of them, you can tap on them then swipe left or right in order to get important items, like pokeballs. Finally the gyms are what you use to show team pride and are typically bigger landmarks or important places. Gyms are controlled by one of the three teams. When you want to take over a gym, you walk in range then tap on it. You select your Pokémon start the battle with the defending Pokémon. You tap to attack and swipe left or right to dodge. You lower a gym’s reputation with each victory and when it reaches zero, you can take control for your team and leave one of your own Pokémon to defend the gym.

Within the first week of its release, it became the #1 most downloaded app on the Google Play Store. With so many downloads, the question was how much do people like it? A survey of over 100 students revealed something surprising:  66% of the students surveyed said they disliked or outright hated the app with the remaining 34% saying they liked the app. When asked why, most people that disliked the app were worried about the number of accidents while the ones that liked it praised the fact that it encourages you to go outside. You can form your own opinion by going on to the Google Playstore or the Apple Appstore and download it for yourself.

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The first six books in the series
The first six books in the series

“All the stories are true.” Those are the words Shadowhunter Jace Wayland tells Clary during their first meeting and that statement is what thrusts her into a world of mythic creatures including werewolves, vampires, demons, and more. The Mortal Instruments is a six book series written by Cassandra Clare with the first book coming out in 2007, the third book in 2009, and  the final book in 2014.

 

The first book in the series, City of Bones, follows Clary and Simon, as they discover Clary’s connection to the shadowhunter world and encounter the rogue shadowhunter, Valentine, who seems to know more about Clary than she knows about herself. City of Ashes continues almost exactly after the events of the first book, with Clary struggling with her relationships with Simon and Jace, despite what she knows about them both, and trying to keep Valentine from achieving his goals. The third book, City of Glass, brings it all to an end. The shadowhunters and Valentine face off in one final battle in which the fate of all shadowhunters and downworlders rests in the balance.

 

Overall, the books have a solid story and the events flow pretty well. The author does a good job by making the reader want more. Sometimes the book will alternate between two scenes so that he reader can’t skip ahead and risk missing important information. The characters are pretty memorable. Each one is given a personality unique to themselves. You’d have a hard time trying to prove that two characters are exactly the same. From the nerdy and geeky Simon to the sparkly and flamboyant Magnus Bane. Unfortunately, the author does fall short on some aspects. The book relies to much on the scene switching and it can get frustrating being torn from a scene to read about something less interesting. The author also forces Jace and Clary’s relationship onto the reader so much that some characters are outright ignored in order to focus on Clary and Jace. The relationships between characters is important, but when it takes away other characters’ development, it can take away the enjoyment of the book. Overall, the book was a good read and the next three books are something to look forward to. The first 3 books get an overall score of 8/10 and is a good read for anyone who needs a book for class.