If you’re going through Hunger Games withdrawal, this may feed your fix. Humanity has been ravaged by a virus that took 99% of the population and leav...moreIf you’re going through Hunger Games withdrawal, this may feed your fix. Humanity has been ravaged by a virus that took 99% of the population and leaves infants unable to survive. Another enemy lurking in the shadows are the Partials, genetically engineered super-humans who were used as soldiers and rebelled against humanity. Humanity lost the Partial War and lives on the brink waiting to see if the Partials will come back to finish what the virus hasn’t done yet.
The book centers on Kira Walker who is trying to find a cure to the virus and to save humanity. She’s doing so under the strict hand of the government that requires mandatory pregnancies in the hopes of an infant born immune. This is the first in a series (probably a trilogy) and it dealt with its subjects very well. It deals with the warring mentalities of the strict Senate and rebel Voice. It deals with the fears and anxieties of the real people in this crumbling world. Because of Kira’s actions, she even gets inside the Senate to see what’s truly going on.
I love dystopian novels and this one has a semi-post-apocalyptic feel to it since humanity is on the brink of annihilation. It enhances the drama because there’s so much at stake but isn’t over the top. It also doesn’t downplay the inevitable violence. When the world is so close to ending, chaos is inevitable. (less)
Insurgent picked up where Divergent left off. The entire social order has been turned on its ear and Tris is left to pick up the pieces. They went to...moreInsurgent picked up where Divergent left off. The entire social order has been turned on its ear and Tris is left to pick up the pieces. They went to Amity to regroup but they can’t stay there forever.
I really liked how Roth didn’t ignore how Tris should have PTSD. Her entire world was turned upside down. She watched her parents die for her and she had to shoot her friend. I’d find it less believable if she didn’t have that. I loved the realism of her dealing with the aftermath.
I found a lot of bitter irony that Jeanine Matthews was willing to become exactly what the social order was trying to prevent. I think that was the perfect sign that the world wasn’t ready. However, the events that transpired left the characters no other choice but to go public with what had been hidden for so long. Normally I hate ending on a cliff hanger but the entire novel built up to the big reveal. The reveal comes with so much baggage, it definitely needs another book to deal with it. (less)
I really enjoyed this book. I love dystopian fiction. I love well-written YA fiction. When you combine the two you find incredible new voices and idea...moreI really enjoyed this book. I love dystopian fiction. I love well-written YA fiction. When you combine the two you find incredible new voices and ideas. Roth’s idea is that in a future Chicago, people are 1 of 5 factions all known for very different and distinct ways of thought. You must conform to your faction or risk being cast out and factionless which to many is a fate worse than death.
When Beatrice is found to be divergent, she can choose to stay in her current faction or move on to a new community with new rules. This is a decision that will change her life and the lives of others because what she doesn’t know is that something much bigger than initiation has been set into motion and the divergent are at the center of it.
This was an interesting, fast paced novel that offered an excellent perspective on groupthink and took a good look at its characters. There were some characters and factions I wanted to know more about but all in all Roth did a good job setting up her world.
I did not expect the major plot twist that occurred in the last third of the novel. I expected the story to build more and establish the history and the rules and roles of the society a bit more before things ‘picked up’ shall we say. I don’t want to spoil anything but things changed big and fast.
I felt like the book went from one storyline and then jump on the train for a completely different one. I wish it had been set up a little bit more so I’d been slightly better prepared as a reader. I didn’t get literary whiplash but I came close. If you liked XVI or the Hunger Games, give this a shot. Beatirce/Tris is a bit of Prim and a lot of Katniss.(less)
A classic work of science-fiction that is even more relevant today than ever. Society refuses to be sad or depressed. Intellectualism is depressing an...moreA classic work of science-fiction that is even more relevant today than ever. Society refuses to be sad or depressed. Intellectualism is depressing and can make other people feel stupid therefore it went. Now it’s all about TV and condensing once great novels into 15 minutes or less. If you dare have books, if you dare be different, if you don’t plug into the TV when you get home, you will be punished. You will burn.
People say it’s a tale of censorship but Bradbury pointed out that censorship only happened when the world stopped thinking and reading voluntarily. In a world where I’ve seen too many people taunt their dislike of books in 140 characters or less, he may be more prophetic than we first thought.
I only have one complaint about this work. It’s trying too hard to be flowing poetry. Bradbury’s short stories are amazing because of their lyrical nature. Unfortunately the thing that makes his short stories so lovely made this novel harder to read.
Some poetry is great but if Bradbury had shot a little straighter, I would have loved this rather than liked it. Stop trying to make everything exceedingly meaningful and pretty and just tell me what’s going on. Sometimes the work will hit a little harder if you add some grit. The 451 world is perfect for grit and grime because it’s so deep in denial against it.
I had to read the graphic novel to fully appreciate the work because Bradbury’s lack of exposition and consistently fruity prose made the novel hard to read at times. It’s still a must-read for everyone but I think you should add in the visually retelling if you catch yourself scratching your head.(less)
Like much dystopian fiction, it takes place many years in the future but the world is drastically unlike our own. When girls turn 16 and boys turn 18...moreLike much dystopian fiction, it takes place many years in the future but the world is drastically unlike our own. When girls turn 16 and boys turn 18 they must get tattooed so the world knows it’s legal for them to have sex. Available opportunities are dictated by your tier and nonstop verts remind you why all you want to be is top tier. But shortly before her 16th birthday, Nina’s life is changed forever and she realizes everything might not be as it seems.
This book has a fantastic premise. I just wish the writer had done more with it. I wanted her to develop the characters a little more, to get a little deeper. Some of the relationships were somewhat abrupt. The end also left a lot of things unresolved. It was also sort of rushed, like Karr needing to make an ending and wanted all things tied up. I think it would have been better to take some of the plot points over to another book rather than try to tie up all the loose ends right away.
I wanted to love this but it’s the premise I love. I really liked Karr’s execution but I think there were something to be fine tuned.(less)