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What Members Thought

Yzabel Ginsberg
Enjoyable as a quick, fast-paced novel, as long as you don't wonder too much about the world it's set in. I keep thinking I would've enjoyed it more had I read it when it was first published, and I hadn't become jaded with formulaic YA dystopian stories in the meantime (you just know what's going to happen).
I'll probably read the next one, but only because I got it for a cheap price in a bundle. Also, who knows, maybe there'll be more world-building?
This book reminded me of Divergent and Shatter Me. I like the characters of Day and June. Nice twist and it's difficult to tell who is a bad guy vs. a good guy.

* Alternating chapters with alternating points of view
* Day is just a fascinating character, brave, quick, clever, devious, loyal
* June was torn and evoked sympathy, even though she was tough and an officer of the Republic
* Tess and her healing abilities
* Super smart main characters
* Good action, but a tad predictable
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June, needs to die. I don't care if they team up later on and hook up and fall in love or any of that bullshit.

June, needs to die.

Seriously though, Marie Lu needs to burn her quintessential guide to writing typical young adult dystopian novels.

This book is literally The Hunger Games 2.0 just without children killing each other in a stadium. No, instead, they just kill each other in an all out war between the Republic and Colonies.

It's like Star Wars and Hunger Games but the setting is America
May 04, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Well I just devoured this book. It's the first really good dystopian book that I've read since The Hunger Games trilogy. The storyline sucks you in immediately and contains an equal amount of intrigue, action, and mystery. The good characters are so easy to fall in love with and cheer on as the story progresses. While the bad characters are great at being bad making it easy to hate their horrible actions! The author did a great job of creating and describing the settings. It's one of those books ...more
Apr 09, 2015 Vickie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook
I seem to be on a dystopian future kick. It seems to have taken me much too long to add this to Mt Git'r'Read and then to actually get it read. I can't let this happen with the rest of the series. Marie Lu's world-building in a dystopian future is excellent. Grim, militaristic, pandemic...
There's the Republic against everyone else in what used to be the western United States. Within the Republic there are two different is the military and the other the slums where the majority surviv
Apr 14, 2016 Xeyra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, dystopia
I couldn't get into this book.. It had some issues I didn't like at all: instant love (as in, OMG they're hot, I'm in love!) despite them being enemies; Mary Sue/Gary Sue characters with perspectives/personalities that didn't endear me enough to them to justify or suspend my desbelief at their unreal qualities and feats; cardboard cut villain and evil society with little justification on why they are that way; rich and blind female protagonist who gets her eyes open to the evils of her society b ...more
Jen Ifer's Inklings
This book was very well written. It has a well thought out story line and well developed characters. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. I rank this right up there with the Hunger Games and Divergent series.
Terry Clary
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Nov 29, 2013 Slynne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, dystopia
Nov 13, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
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Jul 05, 2013 Yz the Whyz rated it really liked it
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Jan 20, 2013 Whitney rated it it was amazing
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Mar 26, 2015 Carrie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Jan 03, 2013 Lesa rated it really liked it
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