I have mixed feelings on this book as a whole. There were things that I liked about it, and other parts of it that I had more trouble getting into. II have mixed feelings on this book as a whole. There were things that I liked about it, and other parts of it that I had more trouble getting into. I think part of this was because this isn't really my type of genre. I was more invested in the parts with Elian, Xie, and Greta, and the relationships with them. I especially loved the relationship between Xie and Greta. And I basically loved Elian as a character from the first scene that he stepped onto the page. So overall, I wanted to like it more, but I certainly wouldn't say I disliked it. There were times when I felt the pacing was a bit slow, and I wanted to put it down, and other times, I couldn't put it down because I was so invested....more
This book is an interesting story about a dystopian society. Much of the story was pretty light, with some moments thrown in there that were a bit darThis book is an interesting story about a dystopian society. Much of the story was pretty light, with some moments thrown in there that were a bit darker. I have seen many comparisons of this book to The Bachelor, and while I haven't seen very much of The Bachelor, I agree with this. If you put The Bachelor in a dystopian world and made the guy who has to pick a girl the prince, The Selection would be the result.
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One thing that is showcased in this book is the nature of the relationships between the Selected girls. In a way, it seems like they might be friends since they're all in the same situation. They're all strangers to the palace, and this experience is new to them. Yet, at the same time, they are competitors. One girl doesn't want to necessarily become friends with another girl who Prince Maxon might like better, because that could cause all kinds of jealousy problems. Marlee is an example of a girl who doesn't just think of all the others as competitors. She connects with America near the beginning, and they remain friends throughout the book, no matter what happens between Maxon and them. I hope to find out more about Marlee in the next book, since it seems like she's hiding something from America. Celeste is one of the girls who is super-competitive. She does some rather mean stuff to America, since America gets some attention from Maxon.
Maxon's character is well-developed, and there is so much more to him than meets the eye. At first, America thinks he will be some snobby prince, but, though he is a prince, he isn't snobby. He looks to the Selection as his only way of finding a bride because he doesn't get the chance to meet girls in his everyday life in the palace. The first meeting between Maxon and America was...interesting. If he had been a different type of guy, he probably would've sent her away then, because she kind of insulted him. But instead, the two of them actually became friends. America was upfront with him about the fact that she didn't really want to try to win his affections. She told him she needed to stay so her family could get money, so they struck up a deal. I feel like America really helped to open Maxon's eyes to many of the problems within Illea. He was rather unaware that things were so bad, especially food-wise.
America's family plays a role in the story, though they aren't with her for the majority of the book, since she is in the palace and they are back at home. America's mom puts a lot of pressure on her to join the Selection. America doesn't really want to, and I feel like her mom pressured her too much. She seemed too focused on the castes. She seems to really want America to marry Prince Maxon, and she would never want her daughter to marry down a caste. America's younger sister, May, also really wants America to win the Selection. I find her focus on it more excusable than her mother's, since May is young and is just fascinated by the idea of America being a princess, and then later a queen.
At the beginning of the book, America is in a relationship, though the relationship is a secret. The relationship is with Aspen, a boy who is one caste below America. I didn't like him for most of the book. At first, I liked him okay, but then he overreacted to some things that America did that weren't meant to hurt him at all. For example, she made food for him, and he was mad because it made him think about how he wasn't able to provide for her. Then some things happened later in the book that made me dislike Aspen even more. I am not rooting for a relationship between America and Aspen at all.
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Legend takes place in a great dystopian world that seems like a fairly plausible one. The characterization is done well. The book is told in alternatiLegend takes place in a great dystopian world that seems like a fairly plausible one. The characterization is done well. The book is told in alternating 1st person POVs between two characters with very different lives. They are pretty much on the opposite ends of their society. This contrast was shown really well.
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June is the one person who received a perfect score on her Trial. She is privileged because of this. She went to college early and graduated early, and she will be working for the Republic's government. Near the beginning of this book, she loses her brother Metias to a murder, and she is told that the murder was committed by Day, an infamous criminal. She goes off to find him since she is determined to find justice for her brother's death. She has already lost her parents, and now that she's lost Metias, she has no one left.
Day has committed crimes, but he is a boy who cares about his family, and commits his crimes to help people. He failed his trial and was taken away to "labor camps," so his family thinks that he is dead. Only his older brother John knows he is alive. When his youngest brother gets the plague, Day breaks into a hospital to steal plague medicine. That night, he hits Metias in the shoulder with a knife. The knife couldn't have been what killed him, though, and Day knows he's not a murderer. One relationship that is touching is the one between Day and Tess. Tess is an orphan whom Day befriended years ago. She's two years younger than him, and they can rely on each other. They care about each other and are good friends. I think they are almost like family to each other.
The relationship between June and Day is touching and sweet. They meet at a fight while she is investigating and trying to find out information about Day. He and Tess save her from being injured or killed, but Day doesn't tell her his name. They become friends, and they do kiss each other one night. Eventually, she realizes he's Day, and she turns him in. He's angry about this, but eventually, she realizes she made a mistake, because Day's not guilty of her brother's murder. Day realizes that she went after him because the government told her that he killed her brother. He discovers she's just a girl who's hurting at the loss of her older brother.
After reading Divergent, I picked up this book almost immediately, reading only one book in between the two. This story continues where the first bookAfter reading Divergent, I picked up this book almost immediately, reading only one book in between the two. This story continues where the first book left off, and its plot is equally as amazing as the first one. The characters and relationships continue to be developed, and readers find out more about their world.
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Tris continues to be an amazing protagonist in this book. At the beginning of the book, she feels really guilty about killing Will, and this guilt weighs on her. She isn't completely fearless, but she still is Dauntless. She also has quite a bit of Abnegation left in her, which causes her to do some things she wouldn't have done if she were more selfish. Her Abnegation ways cause her to be more self-sacrificing. She doesn't want others to die if turning herself in could stop their deaths. She continues to grow as a character as she faces horrible experiences.
The relationship between Tris and Tobias becomes strained in this book, but this is mainly because Tobias really cares about Tris. He doesn't like the way she is willing to be self-sacrificing. He doesn't want to be left behind with her dead. Because of this, he doesn't agree with all of her decisions, but he isn't able to stop her either. Despite their problems, they still make a good couple, and neither of them want the other to get hurt.
Several characters do die in this book, and many of them are likeable characters who readers will care about. One character dies close to the end, and the scene where she dies is very sad. It is one of my favorite scenes in the whole book because it was written so well. She says something as her last words that made something else from earlier in the book really make sense. I don't want to spoil it, though.
Under the Never Sky is a great addition to the sci-fi and dystopian genre. The book alternates between the third person perspectives of Aria and PerryUnder the Never Sky is a great addition to the sci-fi and dystopian genre. The book alternates between the third person perspectives of Aria and Perry, two people with very different upbringings. This book has great characterization, world-building, and relationships.
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The worldbuilding of this book was done well, really allowing readers to get to know the world. At the beginning, it was slightly confusing because the characters used many world-specific terms. Once you heard these words in use for a bit, you got acquainted with their meanings. This world is a place where people live in pods and spend their time in Realms that don't actually exist. All the people in these pods wear Smarteyes to go to the Realms. Outside of the pods, there are people known as Savages. They live in tribes and the tribal leader is called a Blood Lord. They have to worry about the Aether storms that are out there.
Aria is someone who has lived in a pod called Reverie for her entire life. In Reverie, she always had her Smarteye, but she was having trouble contacting her mother who was in another pod. She had a guy from Reverie, Soren, break into Ag 6 (a dome) with her so she could get information about her mother. He almost burned the dome down by starting a fire, and Aria got kicked out of Reverie for this. She ends up where Savages live, outside the pods. Aria grows a lot over the course of this book. She learns how to live in the wild, and she becomes less judgmental of the "Savages." She realizes that real may actually be better than the Realms.
The other protagonist is Perry, a member of a tribe outside the pods. He loses his brother's son to people who live in the pods, and he is determined to get Talon (the son) back. He goes out to find Talon, and that's when he meets Aria. He saves her life multiple times. During his journey with Aria, he learns that not all the people from the pods are bad. He and Aria fall for each other, and this is a sweet romance. Perry also learns to be less judgmental. They both dislike each other at first, but this changes as the story progresses.
Reboot is a fantastically plotted dystopian story about people who come back from the dead as Reboots. I loved how the characters grew and changed asReboot is a fantastically plotted dystopian story about people who come back from the dead as Reboots. I loved how the characters grew and changed as the story progressed. I will definitely be reading the 2nd book when it releases next year. Also, I checked this out from the library, but since I loved this book so much, I'm probably going to buy my own copy.
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Wren's character development is done fantastically. She starts as a character who thinks she has no emotions at all since she has the highest Reboot number, 178. It becomes obvious early in the book that she does, in fact, have emotions. One of my favorite scenes is one when Wren really shows that she has emotions, and not always necessarily positive emotions. It is the scene when she is returning to her former hometown, and it brings traumatic memories from her past into the forefront of her mind.
The romance that develops between Wren and Callum is sweet and just a completely awesome romance. She takes him on as her newest trainee after he says that maybe a low number could be better if he had Wren as his trainer. Their relationship starts off rocky, with Wren determined to make Callum obey the rules. As she grows closer to him, she has even more reason for wanting him to obey. HARC will order Wren to eliminate Callum if he continues to step out of line. They really make a perfect couple. They are so sweet and adorable together, and they make each other better.
I really loved the world in this story. I thought the concept of Reboots was interesting, and I liked how the numbers affected if the Reboot ended up being more or less human-like. The idea of HARC making the Reboots into slaves was a fascinating idea as well. In the story, we got to learn what was being done to the under-sixties by HARC. I think it will be interesting to find out more about life on the Reboot reservation in the next book.
When I saw the premise of this book, it reminded me of The Hunger Games, which is a book that I loved. That was one of the reasons I wanted to read thWhen I saw the premise of this book, it reminded me of The Hunger Games, which is a book that I loved. That was one of the reasons I wanted to read this book. Now that I've read it, I can say that, though there are some similarities, this book is very different from The Hunger Games, but it is equally as amazing. This book is dark and gory, so be prepared for this when you start reading it.
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Lucian Spark is the protagonist of this book, and he is a wonderfully well-written character. He really is a good guy. One of the best things about him is how much he cares about his four-year-old brother, Cole. He would do anything for Cole, and this is one of the reasons why being Recruited is so horrible for Lucky. He knows that, if he messes up, Cole will have to die. He couldn't bear that, so he is determined to not lose a Trial.
The other four Recruits are characters that are fully developed. As the story progresses, I loved every one of them, even when they were at their worse. Some of them do some awful things, but deep down, none of them are bad people. They are all complex and layered. Once I came to love all these characters, I had to read about them going through so many horrors, and it was one of the most heart-breaking parts of the book. Digory is a caring guy, and he is so kind to Lucky throughout the Trials, and the training before them. Gideon is a character who was always bullied at school. He has a tragic past and home life that none of the other Recruits know about until they find out about it during the Trials. Cypress is a character who is holding some secrets. She seems rather hot and cold at first, being nice and them not so nice. Once you really get to know her character, you can tell that she is a great person who's been through a lot of bad things. The fourth Recruit is Ophelia, a character who could be quite brutal in the Trials. Even when, sometimes, it seems like her character should be disliked for what she does, I never did dislike her. At the core, she really isn't much different than Lucky. He's fighting for his younger brother's life, and she's fighting for her younger sister's life. Their motives are really the same, but she often has some more brutal methods that she uses to reach her goals.
The romance in the book between Digory and Lucky is well written and fits into the story perfectly. It isn't a major part of the story, and it is rather subtle for most of the book. That made the romance more realistic. In a world where these two boys are fighting for their loved ones lives or death, it wouldn't be realistic for there to be a huge focus on the romance. They had much more important things to be concentrating on. The romance is sweet and slow developing. It is clear through the training and Trials that Lucky and Digory care for each other.
The world building in the book is also well done. It isn't confusing the way the world is written. The Establishment is the totalitarian government that rules. It is a horrific government, and I would never want to live in that world. The idea of the Trials, and how they worked, was also easy to follow. There were five Recruits who each had two Incentives. The loser of each Trial had to undergo The Culling, and the overall winner would become an Imposer in the elite military force.
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Taken is an entertaining dystopian story with great action and characterization. It's a book that is easy to get into and enjoy. I'll be reading the sTaken is an entertaining dystopian story with great action and characterization. It's a book that is easy to get into and enjoy. I'll be reading the sequel when it releases next year.
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Gray is a great character who may sometimes do things that keep him from being completely likeable, yet I still liked him. He is impulsive, and he can get angry about things easier than his brother. At the beginning of the book, it is his brother's 18th birthday, and his brother is going to be Heisted. Within the first quarter of the story, Gray finds out several things about himself that have been kept from him, and he decides to leave Claysoot. The rest of the story takes place once he's climbed the Wall and left his town.
Gray has two girls in this book that he has feelings for. This love triangle is well-written and developed naturally. Emma is the girl from Claysoot whom he has loved for years. When he climbs the Wall, she follows him over it. The other girl he meets is Bree. She is one of the Rebels, and she is a strong girl who can fight. While I like Gray with either of these girls, I think he's better with Bree. Bree is like Gray in some ways, so I think she'd better understand some of the things he does than Emma would.
I liked reading about the different mysteries of this dystopian world, and the bad guys who made some of these things happen. At the beginning of Part 2, Gray finds out that Harvey is a bad guy. He has committed many crimes, including setting up Claysoot. He meets Frank, the leader of Taem who wants Harvey captured. At the story progresses, Gray learns that things aren't always as they seem. Frank may not be the good guy he pretends to be, and Harvey may not be so bad. Sure, Harvey did some things he shouldn't have done as a teenager, but he was doing them for Frank, and he didn't realize the full implications of what he was doing. I liked how the book revealed what the Heists really were.
This book is an amazing story with a fascinating premise. Technically, this book falls into the dystopian genre, yet it reads more like a contemporaryThis book is an amazing story with a fascinating premise. Technically, this book falls into the dystopian genre, yet it reads more like a contemporary novel. That was something that I loved about this book. Some dystopians seem rather far-fetched, but this wasn't that far-fetched, and that made the things that happened in this book even scarier. Events that happen in this book do happen currently. This book is basically a slightly more dystopian take on depression, suicide, and treatments for depression.
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Sloane is a fantastic protagonist to read about. Living in the world that she does, she's been through a lot in the past few years, and it has taken its toll on her. She lost her brother to suicide, and her family had a hard time after that. Her parents worry about her because they don't want to lose another child. Sloane also lost her best friend, Lacey, to the The Program. Now, Lacey has finished The Program, but it has taken her memories from her, so she won't remember her friends. The threat of The Program looms over Sloane. She knows that if she lets her parents see any sign that she is depressed, they could get her sent there. She doesn't really think that The Program is some perfect cure, unlike many parents who wouldn't hesitate to send their children there to get rid of their depression.
The romance between Sloane and James in this book is done so well, and I really rooted for this couple to remain together through everything. At the beginning of the book, they already have an established relationship as a couple. Flashbacks show some parts of how their relationship actually began. James was Sloane's brother, Brady's, best friend before he started dating Sloane. Brady actually committed suicide before they were able to tell him about their relationship. Sloane and James have to hold each together after Brady dies. They can only be themselves and really show their emotions when they are together. They each understand what the other is going through.
I thought the portion of this book that actually took place in The Program was extremely interesting. During that section, as Sloane had her memories taken from her, the reader knew more about her past than she did. There were parts after The Program, too, when I'd hope she'd remember something to uncover her past, but the memories were already lost. The one thing that the last part of this book showed is that some things are destined to repeat themselves, even if they aren't remembered anymore.
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