Fast-paced and, by all means, creative, "The Death Cure" certainly kept me reading until the end. Overall, I thought this trilogy was excellent. It waFast-paced and, by all means, creative, "The Death Cure" certainly kept me reading until the end. Overall, I thought this trilogy was excellent. It was incredibly engaging, the entire premise was fascinating, and James Dashner did an excellent job keeping his readers (along with his characters) in the dark. Of course, there are still some loose ends that were not tied up, and this trilogy did not have a "perfect" ending (for the better, I think), but I truly enjoyed reading this story and recommend it to any lover of dystopian novels who is looking for a book they will not be able to put down....more
I really loved reading "Divergent". After finishing "The Hunger Games", I began reading several other dystopian novels and this has been one of my favI really loved reading "Divergent". After finishing "The Hunger Games", I began reading several other dystopian novels and this has been one of my favorites. Part of what makes or breaks a dystopian novel is the world created by the author, and I think Veronica Roth did an excellent job of creating something interesting and unique.
"Divergent" takes place in a post-apoctalyptic world where the city once known as Chicago is divided into 5 factions. These factions were each established based on one of 5 characteristics that the people who live there believe would have, essentially, saved the world. They are Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. Each year, the sixteen-year-olds must choose the faction in which they will live the rest of their lives. If they choose a faction other than the one in which they were born, they risk being abandoned by their families. However, if they choose to stay with their families, they risk being unhappy and never really belonging. Worst of all, every sixteen-year-old has a chance of not belonging to any faction at all.
This premise was enough to get me to read the book, and I'm glad I did. It's a fascinating world with interesting characters and a plot that does not disappoint. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys an interesting dystopian novel. It's true that "Divergent" does lack some of the things I loved about "The Hunger Games"; for instance, I felt that it focused less on an overall, important lesson/message and more on a love story. However, it was certainly an entertaining read and I look forward to reading more from Veronica Roth....more
This was one of those books that I absolutely refused to put down. Unlike most books, "The Maze Runner" does not begin with any sort of back story, anThis was one of those books that I absolutely refused to put down. Unlike most books, "The Maze Runner" does not begin with any sort of back story, and provides very little in the way of description about the world that Thomas wakes up in. Small pieces of information are revealed slowly, but for the majority of the novel, I was kept in the dark along with the characters. Every answered question led to a new mystery, and every reveal made me want to read more.
I recommend this book to those who enjoy dystopian novels, but I really think it's a great story for anyone who likes being kept at the edge of their seat. Of course, it was gory at moments, and it is a little hard to swallow what is happening to these children (much like the Hunger Games), but "The Maze Runner" is well worth reading....more
There was nothing that I found particularly exciting about Crossed, which made it difficult to get through. I felt like all I was doing was waiting foThere was nothing that I found particularly exciting about Crossed, which made it difficult to get through. I felt like all I was doing was waiting for something big to happen. There wasn't really any conflict, or tension to make the story interesting.
It also bothered me how the chapters kept switching perspectives between Cassia and Ky. Usually I don't mind this, but the chapters are so short and the book is written in first person. I think these aspects make the perspective switches frustrating/a little confusing at times.
I'm not sure if I'll be reading the next in this series. I think the story has potential, but that it isn't being carried out in quite the right way....more