I had to read this book as an assignment for one of my English classes in college recently. I LOVED IT! So beautifully written, poetry-like writing an...moreI had to read this book as an assignment for one of my English classes in college recently. I LOVED IT! So beautifully written, poetry-like writing and descriptions on almost every page. It's a beautiful story.(less)
I gave this book three stars, and considering I don't usually enjoy sci-fi or fantasy, that is a pretty good rating. This book was a group pick and I...moreI gave this book three stars, and considering I don't usually enjoy sci-fi or fantasy, that is a pretty good rating. This book was a group pick and I zipped through it pretty fast (it's 480 pages). Another dystopian, YA, brave young girl out of her usual element has to become a brave warrior to essentially save the world from war. I don't like when people compare books saying saying 'oh I liked Hunger Games better' etc; this is not a comparison review, HOWEVER, it was very similar to the HG story line - but I'm guessing that most dystopian post-apocalyptic stories pretty much have the same path.
The story is set in a dystopian Chicago setting where society is split into five different factions: Abnegation (the Selfless), Amity (the Peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent), the Dauntless (the Brave), and Candor (the Honest). There is a is a sixth faction, which is considered dangerous and uncontrollable, the Divergent. Beatrice, or 'Tris', as she is later called is the protagonist who's story is told as a sixteen year-old girl who transfers from the Abnegation faction, which she was born into but never felt connected to, to the Dauntless faction. The story goes from there.
I had to keep in mind that this is Young Adult genre and teenagers are obviously it's target audience. The characters are well-described and the book is well-written. I enjoyed it and was not bored at any time, but I don't see myself going out and getting the next one (Insurgent) any time soon. It is entertaining, but for me a good book is one that I think about for days after reading it -- and this is not one of those books.
I read this book before the movie was created and realized I never reviewed this wonderful book. It is clear that this book and story resonates more w...moreI read this book before the movie was created and realized I never reviewed this wonderful book. It is clear that this book and story resonates more with those of us who have dogs or have had dogs in our lives at one point or another. It is not a "dog-lovers" book, per se, more than it is a story of one particular dog who really gave a couple a run for their money lol. Marley chewed his way thru crates, furniture, and a plethora of other household items. He never behaved as the "well-balanced" dog that we all aspire to have, but, boy did he sure love life! Even as I write this review years after reading this book, I get a lump in my throat. I cried on THREE separate occasions when I read this book and RARELY has that ever happened. Marley may have done so many things wrong and frustrated his owners (as many of our doggies do) but the unconditional LOVE and support he so selflessly gave is something that no other dog could have given them in that way, and their lives were richer for it. John Grogan told this story impecably and with a kind of humor and honesty that brought the reader into their lives. The hardest decision a dog-owner can ever make is to put their dog down, and I dread the day I have to make that decision, but we take some comfort in knowing that even after they are gone, they have left footprints in our hearts that can never be erased.(less)