Wolverine. Multiple Wolverines. Multiple Wolverines interacting. Multiple Wolverines snikt-ing. Oh and Sue Storm is there too. And there might have beWolverine. Multiple Wolverines. Multiple Wolverines interacting. Multiple Wolverines snikt-ing. Oh and Sue Storm is there too. And there might have been an AI bent on destroying human-kind, but have I mentioned Wolverine? ...more
I had comic book major story arc novelizations. Somehow (I don't remember how), this book found its way into my classroom. I wish it could have walkedI had comic book major story arc novelizations. Somehow (I don't remember how), this book found its way into my classroom. I wish it could have walked off before I wasted my time reading it. While better than the novelization of Infinite Crisis (chaotic and incoherent), its flaws in writing style, capturing emotion, characterization, were too overwhelming and cheap. ...more
A whole thick book, large words, lots of space, all about 4.
Sarcasm doesn't quite work in print.
4 was always a weak character once the last booA whole thick book, large words, lots of space, all about 4.
Sarcasm doesn't quite work in print.
4 was always a weak character once the last book started having parts written from his perspective. His a voice and view point that is completely superfluous and actually detracts from the story. Now a whole book filled with his perspective of his own past, which was mildly interesting as background characterization (voice still sucked), and his perspective on events already covered in the trilogy proper.
Roth admits that in her original conception, 4 would be the main protagonist and realized that he just didn't work - thus Tris. She should have kept to that philosophy instead of the money grab, because that is all this book is - capitalizing on the popularity of the book series.
Of course, those who loved the entirety of the series will love this book. Not for me - I got my 4 fill with the trilogy proper. I liked him in the first book - compelling, engaging, dangerous, mysterious. But once the reader gets into his head, all that fizzles away. ...more
Not every distopian future book is satire. I think this book (series) wanted to be that, even came close a few times, but then diverged (pun intended)Not every distopian future book is satire. I think this book (series) wanted to be that, even came close a few times, but then diverged (pun intended) from (at least what I think) what the story, a much better story, could have been about. For years, my students have been telling me that I need to read this book. So finally I did. And the first book wasn't bad. And even the last book in the series (which people told me that I wouldn't like the ending), wasn't too bad. And the reason why people thought I wouldn't like the ending (no spoilers) had nothing to do with why I thought the book (thus the series) was weak. I actually liked that aspect that people thought I wouldn't like. Oh well to that. The first book sets up a premise that is intriguing, although done many times by better writers. Still, I liked the world set up and the voice of the main character, Tris - so different from the annoying and mostly brain dead Katniss and all the way brain dead Belle - was lively and drew the reader into the story.
One complaint that has nothing to do with the actual story is the padding. I'm not sure if it is supposed to make the young readers seem like they are reading a big book, but this book has overly sized type and much too much space between the lines. I wish I could say it was for the readers to read between the lines, but there isn't much there for that.
This book could stand alone without the series. While much would be left unanswered, at least an interesting world had been created and the reader could use their own imagination to supply whatever ancillary plots and stories to fit it in.
Just some questions that would be left unanswered if not for the series, which the series didn't supply satisfying answers/conclusions to: Why is the city locked from the outside? The Dauntless politics. The faction relationships/disfunction. The faction-less. The element of the "other."
So, I have re-imagined the rest of the story just for myself. ...more
This is a very beautiful story. After finishing the book, I found out that it's the first in a series and while some part of me is happy about that, IThis is a very beautiful story. After finishing the book, I found out that it's the first in a series and while some part of me is happy about that, I'm also disappointed. People complain about how this book ends; however, it could end no other way. Yes, it is up to interpretation and that is one of the best things I loved about Lowry's writing - even though her target audience is young, she does not condescend/talk down to the reader. She doesn't pull any punches. The writing is easily accessible for all kinds of readers, but there is no upper limit of age and enjoyment. Anyone/everyone can enjoy this book. It is poignant. It is brilliant. It is beautiful. It is gut wrenching. It is terrifying.
I will never watch the movie, but based on the previews, I noticed that the writers/producers/etc. made it fit into the formulaic young adult genre that every YA book/movie follows - main character/smart character/comic relief dopey character reluctantly are forced into an adventure.
The book is not that at all. It isn't formula. It isn't predictable (at least not to the degree of the onslaught of pop YA fiction right now). The characters are not built from the same mold that all the other YA characters are build from. And while there are archetypal characters and parallels to the hero mythic cycle of Joseph Campbell (think Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc), it's not in your face obvious.
Post-apocalyptic commercial for the federal postal service.
Take from that what you will - it was okay. The postal service becomes a symbol of what AmPost-apocalyptic commercial for the federal postal service.
Take from that what you will - it was okay. The postal service becomes a symbol of what America stood (or an idealized version of what it stands) for in a future society where the United States has been destroyed by war. Elements of sci-fi, post-apoc dog-eat-dog, roving gangs of death, utopic/distopic classic stories that have been around for years, only this time, with an eagle symbol and a bag of mail. Lots of great patriotic hats off feeling and speeches given on horseback to fill anyone's yearning for Dances with Wolves, Braveheart, and the Declaration of Independence. ...more
Brilliant finale to a brilliant, imaginative, authentic, engaging series.
And while I do understand some of the complaints regarding the ending, I alsBrilliant finale to a brilliant, imaginative, authentic, engaging series.
And while I do understand some of the complaints regarding the ending, I also understand that a pat perfect wrapped in a bow ending doesn't necessary make a good story. And this was a good story with an ending that is earned and satisfying. It may not have given the reader what they wanted, but it gave the reader what they needed in the context of the story.
This finale takes a daring risk looking into the future of Yorick and the society/world that has come from a world of one gender dominance to another, all while exploring what it even means to be male or female and adhering to societal defining roles. Ultimately, like Yorick, we have to be escape artists and just get away from expectations and be ourselves and no matter what, that's what we've always gotten from Yorick: he has always been true to himself and never compromised himself. In his search for his role in this world, we get an ending that completely supports who Yorick is: an escape artist in every sense. ...more