There is nothing in Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen that we haven't seen before. The plot and setting are a mashup of every popular, dystopian-esque YA nThere is nothing in Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen that we haven't seen before. The plot and setting are a mashup of every popular, dystopian-esque YA novel produced in the last five years. While some authors can take overused tropes and give them a breath of fresh air, Aveyard couldn't do it in this book.
The characters are thinly developed, which leads to the big, emotional twist at the end falling flat on it's face. The main romance is about as shallow as a puddle of water and the love triangle (quadrangle?) is about as cliche and annoying as it comes. Said big twist is telegraphed obvious and early on, though Aveyard tries to unsuccessfully distract from it with a few red herrings scattered throughout the book.
Aveyard's writing style is smooth and easy to read, and there's potential for her storytelling to improve. Hopefully she'll dump the reliance on easy tropes for something with a little more substance in the next book.
Whether or not you like Article 5 will depend almost entirely on how well you buy into Ember and Chase's romance more than anything else because it taWhether or not you like Article 5 will depend almost entirely on how well you buy into Ember and Chase's romance more than anything else because it takes up the bulk of the story. It will allow you to overlook the book's weak world building, frenetic plot, and flat characterizations. Unfortunately, I didn't get emotionally attached to nor were I rooting for these two, so I spent a good portion of my reading time with Article 5 either sighing and waiting for the plot to show up, or shaking my head at Ember's frustrating naivety.
The good thing is that Article 5 didn't drag and was an easy read. If I'd sat down with it in one setting, I probably would've powered right through it. Usually books I give low star ratings to are not as engaging. However, if you want something more substanial than a teenage romance with a dystopian setting, this isn't the book for you....more
I had somewhat high hopes that Insurgent would be better than Divergent so I could understand all the hype this series has gotten. Unfortunately, InsuI had somewhat high hopes that Insurgent would be better than Divergent so I could understand all the hype this series has gotten. Unfortunately, Insurgent was a weak second installment and only served to turn me away from this series instead of embrace it.
The Divergent series is king of the, "Sensible world building? What does that mean?" trend that's happening in the YA dystopian genre right now. If I'm immersed in a story, I can overlook a lot of logic flaws and embrace the premise behind the dystopian world (see exhibit A: Delirium). But having just come off reading Dan Wells' Partials series where his world building actually does make sense and has been heavily thought out, Insurgent's Factions just seem even more sloppy and pointless than before, even with the reveal at the end.
My main problem with this series stems from my inability to believe that a society would operate as long as it has with a system like the Factions. Hogwarts Houses don't work as real life government system, Veronica Roth, and even the Houses weren't as strict on their members always displaying their chosen personality traits. And Divergent people are the only ones capable of exhibiting more than one trait aka being fully rounded human beings? No wonder the Erudite were able to take over the Dauntless so easily, if they all had to turn to Tris to think, "Hey, maybe shooting people isn't the best strategic method in this situation!" You essentially make the Dauntless the military of the Factions and you don't have them taught tactical strategy? Give me a break.
And then there's Tris and Tobias, both of whom I grew to loathe in this book. The two of them couldn't last 20 pages without fighting and then making up again, and then fighting some more. I was so over the two of them by the middle of the book, and still had to put up with a dozen more idiotic instances of them... well, being them. Tobias is a jerk, Tris is annoying, and I don't think I like anyone in this series but Uriah.
One good thing about Veronica Roth's writing is that it's fast and engaging. Even though I didn't like this book, I was compelled enough to finish and it was easy to get through. But it wasn't enough to overshadow the flaws and give Insurgent a higher rating. ...more
Through the Ever Night was a fabulously satisfying sequel with plenty of action, romance, and character development to satisfy and make some new die-hThrough the Ever Night was a fabulously satisfying sequel with plenty of action, romance, and character development to satisfy and make some new die-hard fans of this series.
It's been a while since I read Under the Never Sky, so it took me a bit to remember which characters did what and the set-up of Rossi's world building. Under the Never Sky unfortunately blended a bit with Ally Condie's Crossed as I reading, since they both had the the wander-in-the-wilderness trope so popular in this genre these day, but I was able to enjoy Through the Ever Night without once think, "Wow, this is almost exactly like the other dystopian books I've read this year." Her writing style is simple and engaging, making Through the Ever Night a fast read that you don't want to put down.
Rossi's strength is her great cast of characters and how she develops them over the course of the book. The Under the Never Sky series wouldn't be much without Perry and Aria, as well as supporting characters like Roar, Cinder, and Marron. Aria and Perry's romance isn't my favorite part of the series, but I do enjoy their interactions and the romance enhances the overall plot, rather than dragging it down. Plus, Aria's a fierce independent heroine and I gotta give her points for that!
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series and hope Rossi only builds on all the aspects I enjoyed in Through the Ever Night. ...more
My biggest problem with Pure is that it gets so very slow in the middle that you have to push yourself to keep reading. The plot got bogged down withMy biggest problem with Pure is that it gets so very slow in the middle that you have to push yourself to keep reading. The plot got bogged down with all the descriptions of the nightmare fueled mutations and fusions to the point where it slowed down the plot. The fused characters were definitely the most interesting and unique part of this book, but at times, it was too much.
Good read otherwise, but I'll probably borrow the sequel rather than buy when it comes out. ...more
Reminded me a lot of Crossed by Ally Condie, which is perhaps why I didn't enjoy it as much. It felt like I'd already read the wander-in-the-harsh-wilReminded me a lot of Crossed by Ally Condie, which is perhaps why I didn't enjoy it as much. It felt like I'd already read the wander-in-the-harsh-wilderness stuff. Otherwise, it was decent. I don't have any burning need to follow-up with the story in the sequels, however....more