This short prologue to master author (have you READ A Monster Calls??)Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking trilogy, while a brief forty five minutes of audio l...moreThis short prologue to master author (have you READ A Monster Calls??)Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking trilogy, while a brief forty five minutes of audio listening, packs a wallop. Told alternately in both the past as well as the present through Viola's sassy, thirteen year old voice. The narrator is excellent and the ebook was free---what's not to love? Oh, yeah. After having poked around other reader's reviews of the series and The New World, in particular, I fear I should have read this one after the trilogy. The upside is that I now want to run, not walk, to my nearest indie to grab the trilogy. (less)
I'm torn between a 3 and a 4 with the continuation of Tris and Tobias. For half of the book, I wasn't nearly as engaged as I was with Divergent. I fou...moreI'm torn between a 3 and a 4 with the continuation of Tris and Tobias. For half of the book, I wasn't nearly as engaged as I was with Divergent. I found myself plodding along merely to find out what the heck was going on. Much of it reminded me of the style of writing from New Moon (and I am no fan). By the middle part of the book, though it picked up, and I loved the ending.
I guess three stars is fair enough, since I didn't love it enough to properly review it.(less)
Since Every Day will be released in August, I hesitate to say too much. Except this:you must read it.
Reminiscient of The Time Traveler's Wife, Every Day is a story about love. And acceptance. And unselfishness. And the fragility of life. And man's inhumanity to man. And the heartbreaking choices we make for those who matter most.
What I loved most about Every Day was that I didn't see the ending coming. That, and I'll be thinking about the ending for some time.
Being the proud mother of three active boys during the first week of summer vacation doesn't usually afford me much time to sit on my hands-or say, wi...moreBeing the proud mother of three active boys during the first week of summer vacation doesn't usually afford me much time to sit on my hands-or say, wile the hours away with a book I can't put down. Thankfully, though, my two youngest sons came down with ear infections (did I just say that?), making us squirrel our time away from the glaring Texas heat in the blessed air conditioned roller skating rink and dentist office (yes, I really am a sadist). Loosely translated for me: time to devour Divergent. Now I find myself mourning its passing and wanting/NEEDING to get Insurgent this very instant.
Happily, I am handing Divergent over to my oldest son, who moaned quite audibly when he saw how hefty the book was. You see, the Gods of Required Summer Reading have this delicious title on their list (if you consider A LIST to be TWO BOOKS).
"Five hundred pages? I can't read FIVE HUNDRED PAGES!"
Um, yes, you can, Son.
A cautionary tale about the dangers of not thinking for yourself, nurturing a person's many facets and not wielding to the powers-that-be; Divergent has much to teach the reader. Veronica Roth has yet another fan. AND SHE'S ONLY TWENTY THREE YEARS OLD??
I cannot WAIT to place many copies in my library in the fall.
I lingered over the Bonus Materials, especially the writing tips (word vomit, note to self...) and particularly the acknowledgement of God and His Son in her life. It's not often you read that as the opening sentence in an author's acknowledgements, after all. I groaned in frustration as the first few chapters of Insurgence came to a close at the back of the book.
"Intentions are the ONLY thing they care about. They try to make you think they care about what you do, but they don't. They don't want you to act a certain way. They want you to THINK a certain way. so you're easy to understand. So you won't pose a threat to them."
"Human beings as a whole cannot be good for long before the bad creeps back in and poisons us again."