I only read this book because I don't like leaving trilogies unfinished, and because there are movies coming. I'd already heard that (view spoiler)[ TI only read this book because I don't like leaving trilogies unfinished, and because there are movies coming. I'd already heard that (view spoiler)[ Tris dies at the end (hide spoiler)], so that wasn't a surprise. And it didn't upset me at all, because (view spoiler)[ I didn't like her anyway. It was badly executed though. The government wasn't going to drop a bomb on the city and kill everyone. They were going to wipe the memories of those inside, so they didn't all kill each other. I'm not sure how the second option is the better one. If Four hadn't managed to convince his mommy that she loved him more than power, lots of people would have died as a result of Tris's actions. The whole plan is ridiculous and her sacrifice is contrived. (hide spoiler)]
As I put in one of my status updates, one of my big qualms of the series was addressed by explaining more about why there were factions. They never made any sense to me. In the real world, everyone would be divergent, because no one is just one thing. Unfortunately, the explanation caused more problems than it solved. There's a vague, supposedly scientific explanation to do with genetics that was obviously written by someone who's not a biologist. If you have a science background, stay far away from this book. (view spoiler)[ Also, where is the rest of the world when these human rights violations are going on? It sounded like this was a USA only thing. No one noticed that the US government was wiping citizens memories and basically putting them in breeding programs? (hide spoiler)]
Fans of this series will probably like (most of) this book. For those who came to the series hoping for the next Hunger Games and finding something that pales in comparison, this book definitely does not redeem the series. Two stars, because I was able to make it to the end.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I'm not surprised I didn't like this book very much. I really only read it because I hate leaving series unfinished, and it's a quick and easy read. AI'm not surprised I didn't like this book very much. I really only read it because I hate leaving series unfinished, and it's a quick and easy read. All the problems I had with the first one are still here, with the addition of Tris being more annoying and having a death wish. Will I read the third one? If it was out today, I probably would. Since it's not coming out for awhile, I don't know if I'll care at all by the time it comes out. There is a possibility that the ending could be good, but I don't have high hopes....more
I thought this was a great followup to Angelfall. The story follows Penryn as she continues to fight for herself and her family in the aftermath of thI thought this was a great followup to Angelfall. The story follows Penryn as she continues to fight for herself and her family in the aftermath of the angel invasion. I really like Penryn as a main character. She's a survivor, she doesn't wait around to be rescued, and she's dedicated to her family. I also really like that there is no love triangle. It's so common to include one in YA books these days, and it gets old very fast. I'm really enjoying this series. It's definitely a different take on angels. I only wish I had found it after the whole series was written. It's going to be quite a wait for book 3!...more
After I saw all the great reviews for this book, I had to see what it was all about, and it did not disappoint. Susan Ee is a strong new voice in ya lAfter I saw all the great reviews for this book, I had to see what it was all about, and it did not disappoint. Susan Ee is a strong new voice in ya literature, and I think she has a long career ahead of her. The world made sense, the characters were well formed, the plot moved forward quickly with a lot of action, and it wasn't too long. The one downside to the book, however, is that it's definitely the first book of a series, and not everything is wrapped up at the end. It left me with a lot of questions (but they are I-want-to-know-more questions, not wtf questions), and now I have to wait for book two!...more
I don't even know where to begin about this book. In some ways, it drove me crazy. The "dystopian" society didn't make much sense. The world is divideI don't even know where to begin about this book. In some ways, it drove me crazy. The "dystopian" society didn't make much sense. The world is divided into factions that are based on one quality, and once you pick your faction, that is the only quality you're allowed to have. Abnegation is selfless. Candor is honest. Amity is... friendly? Erudite is knowledge. And Dauntless is brave. And that is about all we learn about the world. Why is it this way? What happened to make them think that these qualities were worthwhile? No idea. Probably some kind of war? It takes place in Chicago, and Lake Michigan is now a marsh, but it's never explained why. And is Chicago all that's left? Are there other communities out there? Do they have factions as well? Is this small group of what seems to be a few thousand people all that's left? No clue.
And the factions themselves don't make much sense. The Dauntless definition of bravery is basically "let's see how many ways we can be reckless and maybe kill each other before lunch." They had 16 year olds fighting each other without any rules or training or regard for weight class. They basically paired them off and said "now beat the crap out of each other." They don't have any railings on their walkways that are suspended above a pit. At one point, some random drunk guy falls off and breaks his leg. How is that showing bravery?
These are just the questions I'm coming up with off the top of my head. If I wanted to sit here and keep going, I could.
But once I got past the first 25% or so, I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. So even though I thought the world building (which is one of the most important parts of a dystopian novel) was weak, the plot was enough to keep me engaged. So 3 stars? I'd do 3.5 if I could....more
I had trouble getting through this book. I skimmed big chunks of it, so I could get to the end and find out what happened. It was really disappointingI had trouble getting through this book. I skimmed big chunks of it, so I could get to the end and find out what happened. It was really disappointing, because the series got off to a really good start in The Strain. It was a nice to see vampires made truly evil again. But this book kind of went off the rails and was a total let down. That said, if this series is ever made into movies, I will go watch them. It's rare to say this, but I think they might make better movies than books....more