I was honestly prepared for the worst. I was prepared to hate it, to want to scream my head off, but I did none of those things.
Divergent is everything...moreI was honestly prepared for the worst. I was prepared to hate it, to want to scream my head off, but I did none of those things.
Divergent is everything you want it to be...almost. It may have a few similar aspects as The Hunger Games, but those similarities end rather quickly.
You're thrown into this world where fractions exist and not everything is as it seems. Beatrice aka Tris from Abnegation, your protagonist, is likable (for the most part), moody, and extraordinary. Most of the book is revolved around her training when she suddenly switches to Dauntless. The Dauntless who are supposed to brave are more of what I would call reckless. Jumping into trains, off buildings, onto roofs, but Tris is in hog heaven, eating every moment up. The grit of the story is located toward the end, but I wouldn't say this hurts the story. In fact, I never, not once, got the feeling of a dull moment. Veronica Roth is that good.
Divergent, is actually a world that is terrifying to me. To not be able to lie and only tell the truth. To not be selfish and only selfless. To not be able to say, "I'm afraid." without consequences. Imagine having to live the rest of your life blocking your real self. This is what Tris has problem with, but even switching to Dauntless doesn't solve her problems.
In between training and trying her best not to be discovered for what she really is (not telling~!) she finds a love interest. For me, the romance wasn't fleshed out enough. I felt she liked him, but there just wasn't a time when I thought the romance was truly there. It was like wanting to drink a coke only to find it flat. You want to drink it, but you're just not thirsty enough to take the plunge.
I don't have any majors peeves with Divergent, if you forget the major stereotyping of the fractions and that awful friend called Christina.
This is one of the best books I've read for 2011. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys Dystopian fiction.(less)
There was a lot about Delirium that was promising.The whole premise of love being eradicated, of it being called a disease is fascinating. The people wh...moreThere was a lot about Delirium that was promising. The whole premise of love being eradicated, of it being called a disease is fascinating. The people who are cured are loveless. Never displaying too much affection, living their lives with a partner they're matched with, never singing, or anything. Everything you loved becomes nothing. It means nothing. Something you might have loved before becomes meaning- less. Someone you might have loved before becomes meaningless. "I love you." is never heard, never whispered.
Lena never wanted to fall in love. In fact, she counted down the days until she was to be cured. To me, this is a little weird because her mother was not cured. Her mother let her have a taste of the life people had before. But Lena is stickler for the rules. Always worrying about getting in trouble, until she meets Alex. That's how it always happens, right? Thus starts the true downfall. He's liked her from the start, he's bad for her, he's even kinda stalked her, all of this is vaguely familiar.
I wasn't even a fourth of the way through when I noticed I was skimming. Skimming, for heavens sake! When you enjoy a book you do not skim. I honestly forced myself through this book up until the end. I got a taste of what I wanted out of Delirium. It became exciting and dangerous and heartbreaking.
The end was what I found in bits of the dialogue and scenes throughout the book, it was as if something groundbreaking had finally occurred.
This doesn't change the way I feel about Delirium, but it does give me hope for book 2.(less)
I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. There is a heck of a lot of hype for this series and I totally love it. I do think Delirium by Lauren Oliver i...moreI loved, loved, loved, loved this book. There is a heck of a lot of hype for this series and I totally love it. I do think Delirium by Lauren Oliver is similar, but I only mildly tolerated it, until the end (when it got really good). So, while I do not like (well, I will be checking out the second book) Delirium, I love Matched.
I know that Cassia is a rather flat character. I know that Ky is Edward Cullen. I know that Xander is Jacob Black. And I know y’all are thinking, oh no, Twilight? Take a deep breath. Continue. The reason I say Ky is Edward is because he is the guy you’re not supposed to have. He is supposed to be untouchable, forbidden. Xander is the best friend who has the potential to become more, but that cheesy vampire gets in the way and ruins everything. It’s a very tense relationship. The Twilight waiting game, until everything becomes too much to bear and you just gotta kiss him.
With the love triangle, I’ve read several times where Cassia was described as having an obsession with Ky. It reminded me of a long distance relationship based on letters and brief meetings. I don’t think I can describe it as obsessive, because if I had been Cassias place, I would have definitely been interested in Ky and his past as well. With Xander, I felt his love, but I never felt Cassia ‘loved’ him as well. The relationships aren’t topnotch, but there is so much interesting background with the characters that it can almost make up for it. Almost.
I still love it regardless.
There’s something about the writing that reminds me of The Hunger Games and it makes this book one of my favourites. It the type of writing that makes me unable to stop reading. The only thing that really lacked for me was descriptions (and the lack of explanation of the Society). It was very bland and I desperately wanted more descriptions of characters, places, just anything!
Unless the sequel absolutely bombs, I think Matched has made it into my top ten favourite series.(less)
If I could do a one word review it would consist of the word: boring.
I've never been so disappointed in a sequel (if you don't count that atrocious bo...moreIf I could do a one word review it would consist of the word: boring.
I've never been so disappointed in a sequel (if you don't count that atrocious book called Breaking Dawn). Crossed was boring. Cassia might have been trying to find Ky, but throughout her whole search, I just wasn't feeling it. Boring also means nothing exciting happened. There were a few parts that I liked, but most of the time it was so monotone. How can there be 364 pages and there not be any type of movement in the storyline? If you don't count the last 15 pages.
Chapters are switched to Ky or Cassia's viewpoint. When I first started reading, I thought I was reading about Cassia, until I read something that didn't make sense and backtracked. I did this so many times until I looked at "Chapter 5" and right under it it says, "KY". There was nothing to tell me that he was speaking, that it was his time, and it bothered me that he didn't have his own 'voice'. I really dislike how the chapters were divided up between characters, it was very irritating and most of the time, I felt Ky really didn't bring anything great to the plot during his POV. In fact, since reading things in his POV, I've found I don't like him as much as I thought I did. Some chapters were also just one page long and then it'd switch back to Cassia or Ky, when it was completely unnecessary for that one little chapter.
My main disappoint is with the amount of plot fillers. With the chapters POVs changing, there's really a lot of stuff that just doesn't fit. I'd get confused, and go back and reread and still not quite get it. I think most of this book I didn't quite understand and I think it wasn't explained properly.
I found myself thinking, "Why is Cassia even in love with Ky? Why is he even in love with her?" Honestly, I just can't with their romance. It doesn't make sense anymore and I just don't believe it. With Xander, don't let the summary fool you. He makes a very small appearance in Crossed and I really, really missed him.
We get a few questions that aren't answered and I'm assuming they'll be answered with the next book. One of them in particular is probably the only reason I'll continue into Matched #3. (less)
It's very hard to review (and rate) this book. The first third is what I'd call 'fillers.' After the beginning, when...morePrepare to have your heart broken.
It's very hard to review (and rate) this book. The first third is what I'd call 'fillers.' After the beginning, when Rosalinda "Rose" is woken from stasis, it seems forced. As if the flow of the story was not meshing together and a bunch of unneeded sequences were thrown in to fill the gaps. That doesn't mean the story started off boring. It was far from boring but far from being engaging...until you get to the next third. Everything from 2/3s to the end was fabulous. I loved (almost) everything about it.
There are so many twists and turns, things that will having you gasping and crying, things you never saw coming and some that will shock the living daylights out of you. Rose has had a hard life and some of her actions are hard to understand, until you find out why she's such a shy and quiet girl. She's a likable character with a tendency to be unlikable, but she's written in such a way that you still like her.
I do think more explaining could have been done about the 'colonies' and other things about the world, because it was just a big mess. I didn't understand it half the time and when names of places? popped up I felt frustrated because no real explanation (that I remember) had been given.
The ending is sudden, though we're provided an epilogue, and it seems be set up for sequel- hopefully.
There are a whole lot of great thing about A Long Long Sleep, and a handful of not so great things. I do think, in this case, that the good over-weighs the bad. It's a great read and with a sequel possibly on the horizon, it's a pretty good choice to kick back and relax and bawl your eyes out.(less)
I'll admit, I was hooked in by the words "cyborg" and "deadly plague." Because of that, I didn't really know what to expect. Cinder is an amazing mix o...moreI'll admit, I was hooked in by the words "cyborg" and "deadly plague." Because of that, I didn't really know what to expect. Cinder is an amazing mix of science fiction, dystopian, and it even has a classic fairy tale thrown in. I'm crazy about anything sci-fi and I really think Cinder hits the mark with putting the right amount in it without being overly weird for those who don't particularly like sci-fi.
Cinder, our cyborg Cinderella, didn't really make a lasting impression on me. I think she's a great character and I enjoyed reading about her, but something was missing that could have made the connection better. Cinder didn't annoy me at all, she didn't whine, didn't do incredibly stupid things, honestly, Cinder is the epitome of what I wish every female character could be. Cinder is the kind of character you feel for. She makes you ache, makes you hurt. Her struggle with being a cyborg is heartbreaking, not only because she is a cyborg, but because of how cyborgs are treated- less than human, just because of mechanical parts. Our Prince Kai is drool worthy as well. I'm glad, for once, there is a love interest who is not mean. Doesn't say nasty things and snatch and grab on the heroine. Thank you Marissa Meyer for making him a gentleman!
As for characters I can't stand, it would be, hands down, Adri. Adri is Cinder's wicked stepmother. I have absolutely no nice feelings for the woman. Just reading about her made me want to pull out my hair! Her meanness to Cinder was astounding and I can see why Cinder was so desperate to escape.
I'm deeply in love with the world that has been created. A world of plague, a world where medical technology can create cyborgs, a world that has people that live up on the moon; it's not the dream world someone would want to live in, but for story-telling purposes it really makes you think. I do think the main part of the story was a little obvious, I figured out what was going on early in the story and it was very easy to jump to the right conclusions. That said, it didn't take any of the joy I felt reading away.
We are left with a major cliffhanger (!) and it's a long wait until 2013, when Scarlet is set to publish. Definitely add this one to your list for the new year and be prepared to swept up in romance and deception.(less)
I'm incredibly shocked at how much I loved Pandemonium. This is coming from a person who very much disliked Delirium. Book number two completely blows...moreI'm incredibly shocked at how much I loved Pandemonium. This is coming from a person who very much disliked Delirium. Book number two completely blows the first one out of the water. This is how a sequel is done!
Lena is incredibly strong this time around. She's a little wishy-washy at times, true, but if you compare her character before and after, this Lena is much more relatable. I actually like her. This may also be because I didn't like Alex (Yes, I said it!) and I got to read her character without all the lovesickness. We do have a whole new cast of characters and I'm happy to say I pretty much enjoyed them all. Especially Julian. Julian is the son of the founder of the DFA or Deliria-Free America. (You can imagine the trouble Lena gets into with him, seeing as she's in the resistance.) His character surprised me. Seeing as how I didn't like Alex, I was sure I wasn't going to like Julian. But no, I really, really, like him. He's like a cute puppy that has been kicked. You can't help but want to cuddle him and make sure nothing bad ever happens to him again. I wish I could say more about him, but almost everything involving his character would be spoiling you on what's to come.
I did find the chapters to be a tad confusing. They switch between "Now" and "Then" telling about the Lena now and the Lena that was surviving in the Wilds. It does make the flow information weird. As long as you read the chapter headings you shouldn't get too confused. All in all, I wasn't too fond of the chapters being set up like that. I would almost say that the "Then" chapters weren't needed. Sure, a few things needed to be explained, but the "Now" chapters were so much more interesting!
I found the curse words to be a little misplaced. They popped up randomly and I pretty much cringed every time I saw one. Not that there are lots of them, in fact there are very few, but they are so out of place that it throws you off what you were reading about. Many times I stopped and thought, "Was this really needed?" Being that the book is mostly tame (very tame, I should say) having these curse words appear just didn't mesh.
The story was awesome and kept me at the edge of my seat. There's a lot of survival battles and death compared to the previous book- which is a good thing.
We do get a major cliffhanger. By major, I mean wet your pants major, CPR major, and allover, oh no she didn't major. Do not, I repeat, do not flip to the last page unless you wish to be spoiled. I made that mistake and felt like beating my head against the wall.