This book starts with the idea of a yolky sun or wind so strong it blows the skin off a grown man's knuckles but Juliette wouldn't know because she haThis book starts with the idea of a yolky sun or wind so strong it blows the skin off a grown man's knuckles but Juliette wouldn't know because she has no window.
I love it. I love that inside juliette's head is a mixture of all the books she's read and that sometimes her metaphores are unappealing or clumsy. This is a girl who has been trapped within herself for most of her life. It makes sense to me. Occasionally there would be a record scratching moment where I would think "what just happened here" then Kenji would make me laugh, or Juliette would shock us and I wouldn't care anymore.
I read this in 1 day (I know, my poor family) and am very excited for the 3rd book (also very glad I can't read it yet, because I do love my family) Usually the trilogies go a little lackluster by the 3rd book. However because Juliette has been such a slow-growing heroine, who still feels locked away even though she's safe, the 3rd book has much room to grow. I full expect her to go completely x-men on everyone, but more gene gray than rogue, and I'm excited. Also, I'm ready to join a team (I'm a 16 year old trapped in a 32 year old body) Team Warner! haha yes, the evil, misunderstood one.
I think what I really appreciated about this book is all of the gray area. I love that Juliette thinks. Some people call her stupid and when it comes to love and her view of herself, I might agree. However when she analyzes the world, she's brilliant. There isn't 'these ppl are right and these ppl wrong.' She doesn't go blindly. For me she's completely believable. She has some really admirable attributes of kindness and unselfishness. She also has allot of weaknesses. She's human, and still a teenager. It works for me. It all works.
I think Winston is the only character who confused me. Also I'm not sure how Warner suddenly became English with all of the 'Love's)That aside. It was a fun adventure for me and I'm very Excited for Ignite me!...more
I liked it...I really liked it...I liked it...I really liked it... I like it. I should have really liked it. I like Tris. I like the overall theme ofI liked it...I really liked it...I liked it...I really liked it... I like it. I should have really liked it. I like Tris. I like the overall theme of enduring and overcoming. I even liked the ending. I think the only thing missing for me was emotion. I wasn't wrapped up in this book,and I should have been. I'm not sure what went wrong. Maybe there was too much too follow that I couldn't become emotionally invested. Maybe it was the fact that 4 unraveled in this book and it distracted me. The flow wasn't really perfect and the message became a little forced at the end - although I bought it. For some odd reason it was the ending of the acknowledgements that made me cry. Maybe it was a belated reaction to the craziness that happened in the last 10 chapters, who knows. Maybe I'm not giving it 4 stars because I just read another dystopian Y/A book that knocked my socks off so I'm comparing it. Sorry Allegiant - a solid 3 stars is all you get today....more
It started out slow for me, but built nicely. I found the picture on the front a little distracting. She looks way too young for me to comfortably picIt started out slow for me, but built nicely. I found the picture on the front a little distracting. She looks way too young for me to comfortably picture her as Miri. That aside, It was lovely. Shannon Hale stayed true to her writing style without it feeling like a copy cat of her goose girl series....more