What a glorious masterpiece! Well, maybe not masterpiece, but it was a fun, thrilling read. There are times when I felt frustrated, but it was becauseWhat a glorious masterpiece! Well, maybe not masterpiece, but it was a fun, thrilling read. There are times when I felt frustrated, but it was because I knew Harper was also frustrated with her circumstances. It ain't easy being Paladin! My Full review here on Fangirlish.com...more
This book. I listened to the audiobook and it was WELL worth it. Hearing not only her life experiences but also the people who have shaped her as a huThis book. I listened to the audiobook and it was WELL worth it. Hearing not only her life experiences but also the people who have shaped her as a human being. Wonderful and maybe I teared up a few times. ...more
Pretty dang solid book, y'all. The character of Jackaby is definitely inspired by Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Sherlock, but has an Eleventh DoPretty dang solid book, y'all. The character of Jackaby is definitely inspired by Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Sherlock, but has an Eleventh Doctor childlike quality to him. I don't know how realistic Abigail's character is... I mean, going to a different country by herself in those days? With parents who seem pretty fancy pants? Hmmm... But I did like her stance on how she chose to work with Jackaby and her choices henceforth. The paranormal and fantasy aspects were pretty good. I was glad to see a newer piece of media (aside from Teen Wolf) talking about banshees. The lore surrounding the paranormal creatures was well explained without being info-dump-y. ...more
The first book (Divergent) had such a great premise. Such an interesting idea for a world. Sure, there were some holes here and there, but there wereThe first book (Divergent) had such a great premise. Such an interesting idea for a world. Sure, there were some holes here and there, but there were some really great parts. But then this book comes along and just leaves me with more questions than answers. I felt like not a lot happened and all they did was visit other factions and hate on the Erudite. Not that the Erudite didn't deserve it. I learned a little bit more about the factions and factionless, but not really about the overall world. The twist at the end was just... WHAT. I get why people were freaking out over that cliffhanger.
I thought it was neat that Tris was all "no, I'm not the hero" even though-- for whatever reason-- she was the only Divergent willing to sacrifice herself. Also, for someone who's supposed to be a tactical thinker, she wasn't always so tactical in this book. She went quite a few places blind and with no plans. Thank goodness for Peter, right?! right. I feel like Peter is the character that gets the MOST hate (for being a shitty human in book1) but dude saves some actual human being lives in this book. Sure, dude is super selfish, but is he all that selfish for saving people when it put him more at risk than it benefitted him? Just sayin'. Okay yes, I know it was about him owing her for things, but still. I felt like there was an inkling of character growth for him there. Maybe? Am I stretching it?!
I get that Tris was mostly acting out of her depression and grief. That isn't really explained other than her perseverating on the death of her parents and Will. I just wanted more from her character, but I can't quite pinpoint what...
I feel like sooner or later, someone's going to say, "We're all Divergent!" because people in the real world wouldn't test so severely into the factions laid out in the world of... Well, does the world of Divergent have a name? Is there a name for the community that holds these four factions and the factionless? It just seems like there's "In The Fence" and "Outside of the Fence" (where supposedly there's nothing/unknown).
I think this book might have worked a bit better if the twist at the end was moved to the beginning. I mean, finding that out would have propelled the story a bit better and I maybe wouldn't dislike Tris so much?! Oh goodness. And maybe she wouldn't have had to stink-eye Marcus quite as much.
I'm trying to remember some good things about this book, but it's so hard when you feel so let down by a book that has been hailed as one of the better books in the series?! Anyway, I'm glad that there are different kinds of women in this book as far as the way they act. Most of them seem to be described as white, BUUUUUT female characters like Tori, Tris, Evelyn, Christina, Cara, Lynn, etc... They are quite different and the only times I'd confuse the names/people was if their names were similar.
TL;DR - This series has a really interesting premise, but the execution (so far) leaves a LOT to be desired. And answered. ...more