Girl in the Arena fooled me – I thought I would see a lot of Gladiator action involving a girl. Alas, it wasI like Girl in the Arena.
Girl in the Arena fooled me – I thought I would see a lot of Gladiator action involving a girl. Alas, it was only once and I get to see it in only in the end. The plot was averagely executed when it could have been ruthless. I still like it though; the premise of a future world adapting the Roman ways is unique. This book is more of a family-oriented story with a slight touch of dystopia. I was excited for the dystopia element! But all I read was family drama. You see why I felt cheated?
On the bright side, I like Lyn’s relationship with Tommy (she loved him the most among her fathers) and Thad (she loved him whole – with his being ‘special’ and all). I like how Mark and his parents protected and helped Lyn in times of trouble. I like how Uber is considered one of the fiercest Neo-gladiators but usually appeared clumsy and awkward with Lyn. It’s strange how I like the supporting characters more than Lyn – I just did not see her doing enough (to take charge of her mother, to defy the GSA). She’s smart, though. All the things she did seemed all too late for me.
There are instances where I took a sharp intake of breath – moments triggered by man’s cruelty. These are the only times I was reminded that I am reading dystopia. Girl in the Arena bored me half the time. I won’t say that it’s a waste of time; I’d rather say I should have read another dystopia instead....more
Days after reading The Maze Runner, i realized that there are a few things i didn't like. Stuff that i didn't noticeI recommend The Maze Runner.
Days after reading The Maze Runner, i realized that there are a few things i didn't like. Stuff that i didn't notice while i was reading it. well, it was engrossing. and a quick read. i just couldn't stop reading. So yeah, I really liked The Maze Runner despite my nitpicking.
I like Thomas, but i like Minho more. then i found Newt even more likeable than Minho. Eventually, Chuck stole the spotlight from all of them. overall, i had no problems with the characters. even if Thomas gets cranky lots of times. i mean, he does have a right to be cranky, right? living in the Glades without any idea of who you are. without a memory except your name.
It was action packed and a page turner. Every chapter end made me want to continue to the next chapter immediately. It was a fun read!
Now, for the not-so-good parts. The suspense was stretched too long. I felt what Thomas felt: frustrated to the core because no one will tell me something about what the Glades and the Maze were all about! Then, there are predictable moments, too. Also, I was expecting that the book will focus more on how to survive the Maze, but it was just averagely explored. I found Thomas' and Teresa's ability to be ludicrous. It gave a paranormal vibe to a dystopian setting that i normally don't like.
The Maze Runner is a gripping read. As long as you don't mind the roadblocks i've said here, then i'm sure you would enjoy it as much as i did. Don't think too much, and just let yourself be hooked....more
What if you are a prisoner, and the prison you live inside is alive? As in lookingclick here for more book reviews.
Incredible. That’s what it is.
What if you are a prisoner, and the prison you live inside is alive? As in looking at you, listening your every step, and commands the world you live in to whatever it wants? That is Finn.
What if you live in a place where people live backwards? It is way past the 21st century but the rich people are called lords, who live in castles, who ride horses? The people are to live like it is during medieval times and yet there are ingenious devices like scanners, gravity box and portals? That is where Claudia is.
The story is unique, a very intricate mystery in itself.
Finn is inside Incarceron, but he believes he came from the Outside. He is a prisoner in a prison where he can roam freely or do anything. In the forest. In the train tracks. In dilapidated structures. People there are sickly, and poor, and most times violent. After all, they are all prisoners there. But even if they are not inside the cells, there’s a catch: when Incarceron senses trouble, it will contain whatever and wherever it is that needs containment. LOCKDOWN. Literally. So Finn intends to escape this horrible place. Yet escape is impossible. Well, almost. Then he obtained a key. Suddenly, escape seems no longer bleak.
Claudia is Outside, trapped in an impending marriage she doesn’t want to take part of but will make her a queen. When she gets hold of a key, she realizes there might be another world where she can go to. Where there is freedom. And when using the key she can talk to a prisoner who is actually inside Incarceron, the plan to escape her fate seems possible.
Together, Finn and Claudia find themselves working an escape that will benefit them both. But it really is not that simple. Because Incarceron knows their plans. And it doesn’t want anyone escaping it. For the second time.
The first ten pages led Finn to someone who has the key – a lot of action instantly transpired in those pages. I was hooked right then and there.
It was suspenseful. After each chapter, i was gloomy because there are scenes where Finn almost always gets killed. That’s how dangerous the prison is. I’m constantly thinking: ‘he’s never going to make it’ or ‘he’ll die now, that’s for sure’ or ‘oh man, not again!’. I have to give it to the author, because she makes me want to read on and on. I just have to know what happens next!
Claudia is very clever, relentless and as his father the Warden says, ruthless. She was raised and educated to be a future queen. And it suits her. She is constantly defiant to her father. She usually goads her tutor Jared to support her decisions and plans. She is determined to stop her marriage to Caspar. There are moments when she can’t control her emotions and eventually her bursts of temper made me think of her as this stupid, spoiled and immature girl who only does the things she did just because there’s nothing else exciting to do.
In every chapter there’s a new twist. A new turn that is darker, nastier, and more sinister. The ride i had while reading this is thrilling. The adventure given by Incarceron is definitely wicked!
There are scenes that remind me of some movies and i was just happy to let my imagination wander! It made it easier to picture the world Finn was in.
1 Jormanric and the Comitatus – Mad Max 2 Finn as the Tribute to the Beast – Beowolf 3 Blaize and his ‘baloon/bubble’ of a ship – Waterworld
I also remembered the tv series Prison Break. It is similar to Incarceron. Minus the concrete walls and guards.
The book has me guessing til the end. I admit that i have no idea where the author will take me.
Can Finn trust his oath brother, Keiro? Is the sapient Gildas crazy enough to escape that he’ll offer even Finn to the Beast? Is attia a friend or a lover? And the million-dollar-question remained: will Incarceron let Finn escape its clutches?
Is Claudia brave enough to defy his father for the biggest trick she planned? Can she really go through the marriage and accept her fate as the future Queen? Does Claudia have the resources to help Finn out of the prison?
I have no definite answers to all of those questions when i’m reading a book. And i am usually a good guesser! Let’s just say that i am unsure that this book will have an ending that i love. And yet i keep on reading.
So the ending left me wanting for more.
I could’ve given a five-star rating but in the first part of the book, i kept looking how far i’ve gone with the book. I was anxious to finish it. Why? Because i thought Finn, Claudia and the others don’t have enough time to escape. That feeling gave me the notion that the book was too long. Or maybe it’s just me?
Also, the author never explained some of its coined terms. She assumed the reader will be intelligent enough to figure it out as the story progresses. Well, i was stumped most of the time while reading it. Does that mean i’m getting slow on the uptake?
Sapienti – are they magicians or scientists? Maybe alchemists? Civicry – are they prisoners far more civil to be called as prisoners? Post-Era, Years of Rage - ??? (the meaning was still vague even after finishing the book)
It isn’t easy to say this but Incarceron is my most favourite character (if you can call it that). She sounds like a mom. Disciplines like a mom. Never wants to let her children go, like a mom. It all has the power in the prison world and yet it has that one thing it wants but can never have. For a second there, while reading its musings, i felt sorry for Incarceron.
This is a great read. Dwell in a world that is, literally... alive. *evil grin*...more
You cannot box Incarceron series into one sub-genre alone, for it encompasses dystopian, fantasI recommend Sapphique.
This is really, really inventive.
You cannot box Incarceron series into one sub-genre alone, for it encompasses dystopian, fantasy, and science fiction. The connections are seamless, as Catherine Fisher weaves this rich story, so intricate that you will be smiling at the ingenuity of it all. Dare I say I understood Sapphique the way I did for Incarceron? In some ways, yes. Because while prequel sets the stage to an astonishing story, Sapphique drew the curtains with a flourish that only fantasy lovers will appreciate.
The complexity of the characters is a strength. Finn is defiant, Claudia is stubborn, Jared is brooding, Keiro is immovable, and Attia is determined. The web of their relationships is askewed at best, but when I think about it, it is best that way. For everyone has a claim, everyone has a motive. Who will triumph in the end? Or could Incarceron herself outplay them all?
It will always be Incarceron who is the star of this series. No matter how deceitful, ruthless, or vindictive she may be, I can identify something in her that is human. Well... why not? a bunch of scientists created her. Incarceron was animated with human antics, and that's the most enjoyable in this series. =)
The richness in fantasy of Sapphique was mesmerizing. I might favor Incarceron more, but this sequel more than sums up the core of Finn's story. It was executed astoundingly....more
This is raw dystopia! Bleak. Hopeless. Ruthless. By time i closed the book, i was laughing sarcastically. So much for running eh, Todd?
Patrick Ness didn’t bother with formalities. The story started with a bang! At the end of chapter 3, i stopped reading because i was scared. I need to run. With Todd.
But of course i picked the book again. Each time i finished a chapter, my nerves are tingling with fear. My heart rate beats spasmodically. I am right there with Todd and Manchee!… Wait, am i Viola? Lol
The pace is fast, the characters are effective to their roles. I hate Aaron. Why don’t you just effing die?!!! I cheered for Todd and Viola. C’mon guys, it’s time to go! Run! I mourned Manchee, such a dependable, protective and loyal dog. That’s not the exit i figured for you, buddy. *sniff sniff*
I didn’t like the sci-fi twist in the story but it’s forgivable. Also, I was pissed because the reason why Todd is running was only revealed by chapter 36! I was with Todd this time, ‘why don’t someone tell me what is effing happening?!! Why are the Prentisstown men are after me?!!’ I wanna know too, Todd.
This book challenges the choices Todd has to make, his mistakes in the past, and his actions that will define him as a man. It also reveals how human beings are destructive within themselves, how evil they can become just to protect their secrets.
Want to know why Todd is running? You better curl up with The Knife of Never Letting Go together with a nice and comfy blanket. Because the truth behind the history of Prentisstown is chilling....more
"I said that without love, there could also be no hate: without hate, no violence. Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing, he’d said. Indifference is."
I"I said that without love, there could also be no hate: without hate, no violence. Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing, he’d said. Indifference is."
I know that when I’ve read a good book, I refused to read a new one. There’s something that makes me want to pause, look back and rewind all those scenes I’ve just read with such clarity. With Delirium, I did not read anything over the weekend! And that says a lot.
Love is a disease. Singing, dancing is not allowed. Any form of emotional expression is restricted. No hugging or kissing even with friends! This could be real, I thought. No war, no pain, no nothing. There’s also no happiness. Or love. Harsh world, right? and it’s about to get harsher.
The premise is simple, get cured or you will be forced to be cured. If you are too much trouble, you are simply eliminated. The story is fast paced, the author introduces you into this world without sounding preachy. I love action packed novels, but in this book, the lack of it (or maybe there’s one or two action scenes), made it more pliable. Believable. Why? Because the terror of getting caught past curfew (9pm!), the helplessness of forgetting everyone you cared about after the cure, the reality that there’s no other option but to live the life given by the government is enough. I can feel them while reading, creeping between the lines and crippling me. Being scared all the time while doing the most mundane things (hanging out on a beach with a boy, for one), is there. Almost all the time I am reading this book, I can feel the tension. I’m quite terrified of the consequences the characters could face when caught. Whenever Lena or Hana or Alex sneaked out (for a party, or just hang out), I fought myself not to scream “c’mon, man, you’re gonna get caught past your curfew! Chop. Chop. Time to go home!”
I like Lena. The obedience to do what is right by the government clashes wildly with her natural need to rebel. Defiance is her key to unlocking her freedom. And she did, at the end of the book, Lena stood her ground. No more lies, she said. It’s time to live my life. My happy life. By my rules.
Alex is likeable. Although the author could’ve picked up a more subtle or unusual name for a hero in a dystopian world. It seems so common. Anyway, he is more human than most heroes I’ve encountered in YA. Confused and not confident at times. He is actually pretty normal, I guess. I don’t love Alex, but I don’t hate him either. and it is just right, that he admitted to liking Lena instead of loving her suddenly. they relationship started with mistrust and suspicion. and then their friendship grows, and that gradually blossoms into love. super likey!
am not that gaga over Lena's and Alex's romance. it makes me want to fall in love, but not with alex specifically :) Maybe it is just slow to build in my taste. Still, i'm hooked - it is heartbreaking. I wanted them to be together, against all odds!
The author writes in a way that she paints Lena’s world in such vivid pictures I can understand how’s it like to live there. She reminds me of C.Clare’s writing of the mortal instruments. I can relate to Lena. I already stepped in her world. The Regulators. The Wilds. The Crypts. And man, oh man, I don’t want to get stuck there!
the ending was like a BEP song: boom boom pow! the author stepped it up BIG time. although i was left hanging, i didn't mind since i know this is a part of a trilogy. reading towards the end of the book is simply exhilirating.
The verdict: I can’t wait for book 2. I hope I won’t stay in a state of delirium waiting for it. Haha.
"I know that life isn’t life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go." ...more
Well, at least Crossed has some action more than Matched. and I adored Ky’s POV. But in the end, I was left wanting more, and moreI like Crossed.
Well, at least Crossed has some action more than Matched. and I adored Ky’s POV. But in the end, I was left wanting more, and more… like i was back where Condie left me in Matched: i was hanging. still hanging. No, i think the right word is dangling.
I admire Cassia for staying true to her promise of finding Ky. But i thought: is it really Ky she’s after, or is it really the rebellion that somehow depicts Ky? Cassia’s character developed a little, but she did raise some questions that she would’ve never thought of asking when she was part of the Society. Ky… man, i so love this guy! A tortured survivor who’s willing to throw everything he believed in (all his life) just to save Cassia. He was somber most times, but it did not bother me because that is what i pictured him to be from the first book. He’s resourceful, street smart, and sharp. Crossed was ok for me because of him.
I did not expect much from Crossed and with that in mind, i was just a tad disappointed. I was also confused on how Cassia ended up in one of the camps. Didn’t she run so she can be free? Oh well. I like it enough for the romance (i am such a sucker for this), but the dystopian element is nowhere near where it should be: better and more solid than what Matched delivered....more
I don't know about you, but I've been crying since Book 1. And to say that my eyes will not getI highly recommend Monsters of Men.
I don't know about you, but I've been crying since Book 1. And to say that my eyes will not get any wetter is an understatement. *sniffs* Okay, so how do i find the conclusion on the Chaos Walking trilogy? Fan-effing-tastic. It was SPECTACULAR! Yeah, i got my heart broken now and again. But what's new with Patrick Ness, right? I'd say, feel free to crush my heart anytime, Mr. Ness. As long as I have that triumphant ending, i really wouldn't mind. :D
War makes Monsters of Men. But does it make monsters of women, too? This is the dilemma of Viola. While Todd is getting busy in keeping the Mayor in line with his promise, another war is looming. Deadlier. Nastier. Angrier. Yes! *this is me getting on my war freak mode* Aja!
War is never personal, Mistress Coyle said to Viola. Is it, really? If Todd failed to make it after the war, what's left for me? she wondered. That does not get any personal than that? All throughout, Viola bore the burden of whether to save Todd or the incoming settlers to the New World. How I love Viola's defiant strength and unwavering loyalty to those who mattered to her. That's my girl!
Todd is now grown up, and I understood his desire to just walk away from the war. from the Mayor. and the steely resolve he has to not trust the Mayor, to not let him besmirch Davy's memory, to not let him break his promise of protecting Viola is one of the major highlights of the story. Whoopee!
Can you guess who is the third POV here? :) He's like Todd is many ways. Reading his part takes some getting used to, but it was enlightening.
Monsters of Men has one of the best finales ever. What a stellar conclusion to a very imaginative and soulful story!
I was glad it ended, though. I felt like I was physically in that war myself. But the final battle is worth it. Man, every tear was WORTH it....more
I believe this is the first time in which I am delighted for such a cliffhanger ending! I tell you, the ending made my day, trI like Pandemonium.
I believe this is the first time in which I am delighted for such a cliffhanger ending! I tell you, the ending made my day, truly! and without a doubt, Oliver writes beautifully. But Pandemonium was a bit dragging on the first half. Things picked up on the second half but it is still not enough. Unfortunately for me, Alex being a flimsy shadow in this book is a blow I found so hard to take.
Lena has grown to be a warrior, courtesy of the harshness of the Wilds. She became hardened by her uncomfortable new life and hateful by Alex’s demise. It was not the life she intended to live when she ran to the Wilds. It was a good thing that Oliver did not shelter Lena’s character too much. She developed Lena dramatically. Lena has to make the toughest decisions in order to survive. The one thing I did not like: Lena succumbed early to grief without assessing the facts. Is it less painful for her to accept that Alex is gone than finding a way to know what really happened to him?
I think the concept of DFA is unnecessary. The dystopian element is not as direct as I expect it would be. It is more like delving with the effects of a society hell-bent on maintaining order despite the impending chaos.
Pandemonium is very far from Delirium’s delivery. It is not a personal favorite but I urge Delirium fans to read it still. I am a fan of Alex so naturally, I am resentful of this sequel. Requiem will decide whether I will love this series or not. So Ms. Oliver, I am sincerely hoping you do not disappoint me for I am majorly invested emotionally with your series. By the way, that ending: I freakin’ love it! Serves you right, Lena. *snickers*...more
"It strikes me that perhaps this is part of what we are fighting to choose. Which pain we feel."
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i am speechless. really. i con"It strikes me that perhaps this is part of what we are fighting to choose. Which pain we feel."
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i am speechless. really. i consumed this book in less than two days! i could not put it down. not when i'm riding the mrt. not when i'm inside the van going home. i admit it. it left me breathless... well, by the time i reached the ending, i'm pretty much in my normal breathing state.
i liked that it started with the Matching ritual immediately. from there, i can follow the story effortlessly.
Cassia Reyes. i believe how she can trust the Society her life. i really do. but her musings turned dangerous when she started truly seeing what the Society is doing to their lives. they have no choices. it was made for them. i liked how she chooses her battles on how to rebel. i liked her relationship with her grandfather. i really liked how she grows strong in character.
"Even though i know i'm falling for Ky it is impossible not to love Xander for everything he is and everything he does."
did i say i really like Xander?... that was before i met Ky.
Ky Markham. oh wow. here is one strong character i can cheer on. street smart. vindictive. careful. whenever he exits a scene, i want him back again! and when the author did, i smile in contentment. He became my heroin of sorts.
"Our hands do not touch and i find myself wishing that they had. What is wrong with me?"
the premise of the love story was heartwarming. and fresh too. the "getting-to-know-you" part before falling in love is a big YES for me. Cassia was just curious about Ky. She even felt sorry for him in the beginning. So how the hell did she ended up loving Ky? i really don't know. one piece of Ky's life at a time? the Poems?
"What will it feel like, his lips on mine? Like a secret told, a promise kept?"
this is one of those stories about falling in love by NOT gushing about how gorgeous or handsome the guy is. the author almost always only mentions Ky's eyes and hair, but she never described him as beautiful or good looking. i can't picture Ky's face because of that. and yet, i was attracted to him, not to Xander (which the author painted with more specific physical qualities).
that is really something for me. without the superficial feel of physical attributes makes it all the more heartfelt, i just about melted everytime Cassia and KY are together. wee!
Dylan Thomas poem. i recognized it the second i read the first line. when i finished it, i remembered the movie Dangerous Minds which also feautured it. DO NOT GO GENTLE... RAGE, RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT! oh man, Dylan Thomas, you are so hot right now. *grins*
my ultimate high experience: everytime Cassia and Ky went hiking up until the last day of that activity, my heart is beating fast. palpitating. i couldn't catch my breath. it was freakingly romantic!
favorite scene: up in the hills, when Cassia asked about Ky's eye color. it stole my heart. *about to faint*
i realized after that scene that i am not a bystander to their love affair. I AM Cassia. i've fallen in love with Ky myself. who wouldn't?
the villain: i will crush that female official with my bare hands! I will see you in book two, you hear me!
two things i don't like:
first kiss - that was so disappointing. i was like, "that's all you are going to give me?!" but then, the author backed up then gave me the first real kiss that i was hoping for. *sigh*
ending - i was shocked to see the "acknowledgements" page suddenly. that was the end? you call that an ending? sheesh. it was so bland that some readers might not bother to read the second book. but i will!
i read book 2 synopsis, and it was implied there that Xander have a chance with Cassia. oh hell no! i'd be sorely pissed if Team Xander win this out. No effin' way!
the verdict: it is a strong book for the YA audience. i recommend it. you want to fall in love? then read it.
"But i've already broken the glass; I've given the green away; I've made my choice. I'm already dying without Ky here and now I have to make sure I live to find him."...more
***** It is too tragic for me. The hopelessness of a post-apocalyptic setting became even more hopeless becI didn't like The Forest of Hands and Teeth.
***** It is too tragic for me. The hopelessness of a post-apocalyptic setting became even more hopeless because the female lead is very, very indecisive. And this indecisiveness led to regret which I do not need in my zombie world. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is the first zombie book I read and did not like. The premise is good, but the main character is such a downer.
My sour feelings to Mary doubled as the story progressed. I was thinking, “Is this the type of heroine I want to emulate should I be stuck in her shoes?” Hell no. Because Mary is of no help to herself and to others. If I may be so blunt, she is the hindrance and the burden of the lot she was with. As for Travis… words are not enough to convey what I felt for him. In spite of his disability, he came out to be the strongest in character. Mary did not deserve you, Travis. And it broke my heart that you are not enough.
In a sense, The Forest of Hands and Teeth got me shipwrecked. Days and weeks have passed and yet I still felt the loss. The heartbreak. And it would’ve been acceptable if Mary has any lick of sense to know what is important and what is not....more
Hmmm. Yeah... I didn't like this. Apart from Roger and his psychotic skills (i think he's more dangerous than JacI didn't like Lord of the Flies.
Hmmm. Yeah... I didn't like this. Apart from Roger and his psychotic skills (i think he's more dangerous than Jack), Lord of the Flies did not appeal to me as much as I wanted it to. But it was a quick read. I've been flipping through my Kindle without noticing my progress.
It took me a while to finish Lord of the Flies. Out of sight, out of mind. When I'm reading it, I'm fixated. But when I put it down, I don't want to pick it up again.
They say this book is all about symbolism or analogy. Well... I am lost on that. But that would explain why I did not get half the time what was going on. I need to backread a few times to digest a specific scene or character.
Perhaps I would've enjoyed it more if Roger's POV was explored more. Hee! Poor Piggy. I think he was much a stronger character than Ralph.
Case in point: despite the terror, it was still somewhat boring....more
Never Let Me Go is gloomy – I can’t wait to finish it so I can get on with my reading life! I feel terriI don't recommendNever Let Me Go.
Never Let Me Go is gloomy – I can’t wait to finish it so I can get on with my reading life! I feel terrible that I didn’t like it, since some of my Goodreads friends marked Never Let Me Go as their favorites. Still, I would have chucked the book (if I wasn’t reading on my Kindle) a mile away, walk over to pick it up, only to chuck it again. They say subtlety is Ishiguro’s writing style – I say now that I will steer clear from that kind of writing since subtlety on books will never work for me.
I was disconnected with the characters; I felt no affinity to any of them, well maybe a little bit to Tommy. Kathy is a pushover most times; Ruth is… how do I say this? Ah, queen b*tch. When I reached Part Three, I don’t know why I’m still reading because I was at a loss on where Ishiguro is taking me (this is the subtlety part). I already have an idea on the Hailsham students’ purpose but I guess I’m waiting for the affirmation – but it only came late in the book. The twist was not shocking enough to merit the sacrifice I did by reading all the way. Sheesh.
I think you already got my point: I did not like Never Let Me Go: the story flow, the unlikeable characters, the somber atmosphere Ishiguro got going throughout the book.
Perhaps the only thing that drew something positive from me is the scene between Madame and Kathy discussing their sides on one moment years ago: Kathy is dancing on the tune of a tape then realized Madame is watching her, crying. The interpretation of Ishiguro on that is good – that much I can admit. But it ends there.
Did you love Never Let Me Go? If yes, then I’d appreciate it if you leave a comment sayiing why you love it. Perhaps I can find something else to like in the book besides the only reason I stated above through someone else’s eyes. Apparently, i’m not a fan of subtlety on novels....more
Part of me wonders if this is a suicide mission disguised as a game.
The author made an impressive dI highly recommend Divergent.
Part of me wonders if this is a suicide mission disguised as a game.
The author made an impressive debut. and there's a reason why it is #6 in NY Bestsellers list a week after its book release.
This is a fraternity/sorority initiation rites (with extreme sports on the side) - dystopian way. *evil grin!*
The story is beautifully crafted. The pace is exhilirating; sometimes i need to go back a page or two to relive its moments, i felt i will be left behind if i can't read fast enough. The development of the characters is just right on time - not slow but not hurried,either.
I have a new favorite heroine - TRIS! She is ass-kicking, gun-wielding chick who's afraid of a lot of things but faces fear anyway. She is small, skinny, not pretty but the way she uses her weaknesses as strengths is genius! Maybe she's a little dense (when it comes to Four), and a little selfish (when it comes to her family). But the selfnessness she hates (that's why she left her Abnegation faction & family) ultimately marked her as the Dauntless she wanted to be.
the one thing that i truly love about her: she isn't scared of having bad thoughts, dark thoughts and intentions towards other people. It only means one thing: an eye for an eye. a tooth for a tooth. i super love her! *hugging Tris*
'People often understimate my character' she said quietly. 'They think that because i'm small, or a girl, or a Stiff, i can't possibly be cruel. But they're wrong.'
FOUR, you are sooo mine! A hero who is equally strong and troubled as Tris, he is the perfect imperfect love interest in any dystopian i've ever read. He's cold, efficient, (almost) invincible. But at the same time he is kind, compassionate, and selfless. *sighs* Four is one unforgettable character :) and in a dangerous place such as the Dauntless compound, Four is the love Tris has never seen coming. *fanning myself*
Initiation Rites (jumping on and off the train/roof, fistfights!)
Tris and Four on the chasm *squeals!*
Tris and Four on the train *double squeals* (ahem.)
Tris and Four on the computer room (UFC scene!)
The ending was a little bit soft for me (like how i wished two or more of the villains were killed by Tris or Four) but it was not a cliffhanger so it is satisfying (after all, there's book 2, so villains - watch out!).
As a stand-alone, I consider Divergent a pretty amazing book. I am BLOODTHIRSTY for more!!!
VERDICT: You think you are brave? Then read this. It will make you think twice.
I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four.
Lemme just say that I became wary of reading award-winningI recommend 1984.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four.
Lemme just say that I became wary of reading award-winning novels after my not-so-good-reading-experience with Never Let me Go by Kashuo Ishiguro. So last January, 1984 is the selected read of Goodreads – The Filipino Group for our book discussion. I was certain that 1984 would bore me to death, so I read it three days before our scheduled Face-to-Face (F2F) discussion. Lo, and behold! I really, really liked 1984. Well, except for the crappy ending.
The story opened with Winston guiltily doubting the perfect society he was in. No singing, dancing, dating, keeping trinkets from the past. Everything and everyone is monitored. Showing emotions, even facial expressions, is not allowed. If caught, he will be evaporated. Despite the restrictions, Winston started his own rebellion by writing in a journal. Yes, reading and writing is not allowed too. Can you imagine?!! They have a gadget called speakwrite; therefore reading and writing is not necessary. Then, Winston started having dreams, dreams he could not afford to get caught with because they are monitored, by the Thought Police. Winston doesn’t know what to do with his conscious/unconscious inner rebellion, but he silently revels in it. Surely, Emmanuel Goldstein and the Brotherhood exist, he thought, and this gave him hope. Then everything changes when Julia communicated with him.
I admit there are parts that are too political for my taste, but I got what Orwell is trying to say. I even agree with him a couple of times. On the other hand, the dystopian world he created for Winston and Julia to live in… my, it was subtly frightening. It was riddled with animosity (kids turning over their parents to the Thought Police), fanatic idealism (O’Brien), and perverted conversion (you will love Big Brother).
1984 twisted my thoughts; it got me thinking how far I will go for self-preservation, for loyalty, for freedom. Dystopia lovers (like me) out there will surely squeal in delight upon reading 1984. Oh, yes. Hopelessness is at the very core of it. Remember: Big Brother is watching you. *evil grin*
We are not content with negative obedience, nor even with the most abject submission. When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will.
Well, this was a surprise. My expectation of liking Glow is almost nil, considering most of my GR friends didn’t like it. But itI recommend Glow.
Well, this was a surprise. My expectation of liking Glow is almost nil, considering most of my GR friends didn’t like it. But it was unexpectedly awesome for me! It was everything Across the Universe was not. A little similar on the theme, but I think Glow surpassed Across the Universe in more aspects that I would’ve anticipated.
The story shot off as soon as I start reading. It was fast paced until the end! And I appreciated that. The darkness of Glow was eerie at most, and to think the war was being waged in outer space made it even more eerie. Glow is no light reading because there’s a high possibility that you will be irked, grossed out, and just downright indignant. But how I love the unpredictability of the characters!
The rebellion against Kieran reminded me of the Lord of the Flies. The violence, fear, and despair. I like Waverly in general. It was irksome to listen to her whine endlessly on how she was violated, but I understood her point. In the end, I realized her horror of what Kieran had become. It was pure brilliance, right? To think that you’ve escaped something you abhorred, only to come back and find out that that something was what saved your fiancé from being hopeless. Pretty clever, I might say!
Seth. I was all Team Seth until he became reckless, irrational, and unnecessarily violent. But I liked how Ryan made Seth open for the redemption at the end . Could he have a chance with Waverly after everything he did to Kieran? I want to find out right now!
But Glow is not perfect. There some loose ends that needs to be tied up, or at the very least, given an explanation. I hope in the next installments Ryan will wrap things up nicely and the make the plot more airtight.
I won’t be shocked if readers will find Glow apprehensive and whacked out. But these elements are what made me a Sky Chasers fan. Sinister plans to make sure human race do not go extinct? I’m so in!...more
My body was a machine, plain and simple. I worked it to stay strong; I feed it to keep it running.
This is surely a must-read for dystopian lovers like me.
I am so, so bloodthirsty for more. First page reeled me in – hook, line and sinker. This is why i love Dystopian novels, they entices you, enthralls you, grips you, and makes you stay wide awake to say, ‘i am so darn glad i’m not living in that world!’
People in the world before seemed obsessed with objects that existed simply to look pretty. I couldn’t imagine such a thing.
Deuce is a very confident girl/huntress, too confident at times during her stay at the Enclave. I was irked of this overconfidence because it might get her killed, but Fade said something (before coming to Topside, i think) that explained this, and so I understood Deuce.
She is strong, determined, and resilient. I love her efficiency with knives (just like Elena from The Guild Hunter series) but i love her more when she relishes violence. In a world such as theirs, only the strong survives. She’s one tough heroine, but their Topside journey showed that even a skilled and trained Huntress like her breaks down in weakness.
I have your back. I didn’t mean only when it’s easy. ALL the time.
Fade is just as strong as she is. He is such a dangerous and lethal opponent because he fights for real, for life. The author could’ve capitalized on Fade’s already daunting demeanor, especially when they are on the Topside - that would’ve made me gush for Fade more. Nevertheless, I want more of him! more more more!
Stalker is one of those guys who i intend to hate but end up getting confused (do i like him or not?). I don’t trust him, that’s all. and he did gave those additional marks to Fade (Stalker, you b*stard.) But if there is a love triangle brewing here, i’m all for Team Fade! I think he is much stronger and formidable than Stalker, and that makes him perfect for Deuce.
I never belonged anywhere until I met you.
The romance between Fade and Deuce is a cliffhanger on its own. They should’ve hooked up before the book was done! Alas, there are only few heart-thumping moments between them. and when i say few, i meant two: FIRST KISS and SECOND KISS scenes. it was quick but sweet just the same.
The post-apocalyptic scenario made up for the so-called romance. FREAKS are certainly nightmarish (did you see the freaky hand on the cover? yikes!) as they are, but to think that they can think and strategize for hunting meat? Part-mutant/part-zombies. Crap, they give me the creeps.
I enjoyed the Naming ritual in the Enclave.
Definitely i will read Enclave again! and i will wait impatiently for book two. Who wouldn’t?!! The ending came as quickly as the rotting smell of the Freaks!
There were different kinds of strength. I knew that now. It didn’t always come from a knife or a willingness to fight. Sometimes it came from endurance, where the well ran deep and quiet. Sometimes it came from compassion and forgiveness.