This is a poignant tale of tragedy and coping with loss. I love how the book addresses mourning as well as the narrator and narration style. Despite tThis is a poignant tale of tragedy and coping with loss. I love how the book addresses mourning as well as the narrator and narration style. Despite the narrator being comatose, she's complex and we get to see many facets of her personality. I love that there's a touch of stream-of-consciousness to the narration.
The story itself is unique, and I was drawn to Mia (the narrator) and eagerly read her account of events and get tying these events to other moments from her past. I also loved the family dynamic portrayed, as well as the touches of realism--a teen relationship that isn't just perfect, fights and disagreements, a protagonist who is flawed and (at times) weak.
While some parts are over the top, I feel this book gave some adequate portrayals of teenage dramatics. And those over the top posts can be attributed to that....more
I decided to read this because the plot line, as portrayed in the movie, was interesting. The book definitely delivered the interesting plot, which haI decided to read this because the plot line, as portrayed in the movie, was interesting. The book definitely delivered the interesting plot, which had very interesting components--the maze and the memory loss. However, certain aspects indicate a lack of knowledge about these major plot devices, and the author cloaks his unrealistic decisions by making the narrator a teenager who would not be able to explain these unnatural decisions. At the same time, Dashner has made these teens support intelligent giving them more power than is sensible(view spoiler)[ in the maze making, etc. Why would anyone give teenagers such power? (hide spoiler)]
Unfortunately, the characters just aren't that relatable or realistic. They all fell kind of flat...very one dimensional. All in all, I felt lukewarm about this book, and am not sure if it's worth continuing the series. The epilogue seemed like a last ditch effort by the author to try and drag me back into the story... we shall see, Mr. Dashner, we shall see...["br"]>["br"]>...more
Where to begin? This series started with an incredibly intriguing premise. I was totally drawn in and in love with the first book. However, the authorWhere to begin? This series started with an incredibly intriguing premise. I was totally drawn in and in love with the first book. However, the author decided to take the series in a direction that I feel she was not capable of fulfilling. The story became childish and misguided as the series went on, and the worst instance of this, for me, was this book. Her book becomes a rehashing of race wars--book after book after book, and all originality flies out the window. The first book, it was between factions, the second between the factions and factionless, and then (finally) between the "Genetically Pure" and the "Genetically Damaged."
There was only really one redeeming quality about this series, and especially well done in this book, which is how it portrays characters dealing with grief. I applaud that. Also, it helped Roth get out of what I view as a tight spot and that is (view spoiler)[the relationship between Tris and Tobias. In the beginning, it's easy to see them as this great couple, especially when we know so little about them. But as Roth began fleshing out the characters, any relationship between them seemed foolish and ill-fated. Luckily, instead of either: being realistic, having them break up, and upsetting her fan base OR having them stay together in a very unlikely relationship; Roth got a whole new option--kill off half of the couple and no need to worry about it. It seems totally realistic to stay in love with someone...when they never change and no longer exist. Therefore, that made the Tris and Tobias relationship dilemma solved in an ingenious way. Kudos on that part. (hide spoiler)]
However, there were just...too many issues with a flawed concept and flawed writing for me to go back to enjoying the series as I did at its outset. Some things became so repetitive (i.e., the kissing scenes with Tris and Tobias), that they began to lose the power they once had and just kind of sully the moments. Her decision to add a second narrator for this book seemed odd(view spoiler)[, and definitely foreshadowed something happening to the main narrator (hide spoiler)]. But worse than its seemingly random introduction, it was done poorly. The two narrators had such similar "voices," I could barely distinguish whose chapter I was reading.
And finally, why she decided to create a whole universe that started with someone making a change in their life, and then start shoving it down our throats that no one believes anyone can change and our genetics rule us is beyond me. It's almost like she forgot the message she began with in the first place.
All in all, I'd recommend to my friends that they read Divergent, and only Divergent, and just pretend everything is resolved at the end of it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
While this installment of the Divergent series was still enjoyable, it was nowhere near as enjoyable as the first book and increasingly more frustratiWhile this installment of the Divergent series was still enjoyable, it was nowhere near as enjoyable as the first book and increasingly more frustrating. I find Tris to be inconsistently written in this book, and for the story to only really draw me in at the last 50 pages. If not for those final pages, I would not choose to read the next one. As it is, those last chapters had a twist that had an annoying and slow build up over the entire book. This slow build contrasts to the revelation of the surprise in book 1, and it helped me to formulate a guess as to what this "twist" was....more
I don't think I've ever relished the final few chapters of a book quite like this one. Brent Weeks really slammed you in the face at the end there. I'I don't think I've ever relished the final few chapters of a book quite like this one. Brent Weeks really slammed you in the face at the end there. I'm sure my neighbors hate that I decided to stay up late to finish this due to my shocked exclamations for several minutes.
This book has made me fall in love with this series again, so much so that I crave to reread the series to refresh myself on all the minutia.
I need to go pick up my brain from the floor where it exploded to due to the last chapters....more
I was genuinely surprised by how thoroughly I enjoyed this book. I didn't want to put it down, and got a bit annoyed when different activities or peopI was genuinely surprised by how thoroughly I enjoyed this book. I didn't want to put it down, and got a bit annoyed when different activities or people pulled my attention away.
You follow Beatrice, who renames herself Tris, in a post-war civilization where individuals have separated into factions that respect and honor different values. These factions instruct their follows to live these values in rigid ways and to extremes. Conformity is valued to protect themselves from war and violence. Tris was raised in Abnegation, who values selflessness. You get a glimpse of this before her test, which is supposed to help her choose a faction, but her results are inconclusive, making her "Divergent." You them follow her through the initiation process in her new faction, Dauntless, who came bravery.
This book does a great job portraying Tris' struggle with her own identity after transferring factions as well as her difficulties defining bravery and fitting in with her new friends enemies, and those who did not transfer factions.
I found this book particularly enjoyable as Tris not only manages to be courageous, but mature, caring and individualistic. I could really emphasize with her as a protagonist.
The story was also well paced, keeping me hooked from beginning to end. I look forward to reading the next one....more
While I enjoyed reading this book, I cannot honestly say I would recommend it to an interested party over the movie.
My main argument behind this is tWhile I enjoyed reading this book, I cannot honestly say I would recommend it to an interested party over the movie.
My main argument behind this is the portrayal of Hazel. The individuals who wrote the screenplay must have realized to make the movie more enjoyable they had to soften Hazel. In the book, Hazel is snarky and cynical, with little to balance her personality to redeem her. While she does seem bright, Hazel often uses her illness as her reasoning for why she is more intelligent, or philosophical about life. Essentially, Green captures the idea of the imaginary audience seen in adolescence, and presents us with an incredibly self-absorbed teenager who uses her illness to fuel this self-absorption.
In addition, some aspects of the book were a bit choppy. I found that the differing "voices" in the letters, all sounded particularly the same. In addition, a book that is supposedly portraying an intelligent girl makes her suddenly less intelligent by making her unable to grasp simple movies such as "300".
All in all, an ok read, but I'd suggest the movie instead....more
This novel is a touching tale about a young man, Miles "Pudge" Halter, pursuing his "Great Unknown." Along the way, at his new boarding school, he befThis novel is a touching tale about a young man, Miles "Pudge" Halter, pursuing his "Great Unknown." Along the way, at his new boarding school, he befriends nanny interesting students: the Colonel, Takumi, Lara... but most mysterious of all is Alaska Young. As one might guess based on the title, Alaska plays a large role in altering the lives of those in this book.
***vague spoilers*** I felt this book has a novel approach to loss and coping with the loss of someone close to you. The Old Man and his religion class helped put things on a level that transcended teenage drama.
While the book was more moving past the gray page marking "After," the characters were at times annoying. However, I felt this to be fitting of the teenage population being portrayed. The final prank was also disappointing. Thankfully, Green makes up for it (slightly) with Pudge's rambling final essay that kind of fell short of the character himself.
There's something incredibly likeable about the characters Meyer has created and relatable as well, considering there are cyborgs, Lunars, and so fortThere's something incredibly likeable about the characters Meyer has created and relatable as well, considering there are cyborgs, Lunars, and so forth. Meyer has, once again, told a very interesting version of a classic fairy tale as well as doing a good job weaving in the three main story arcs. She has also laid some good groundwork for the fourth, and final, book.
A quick, but still very enjoyable read, Cress continues to keep me entertained and wanting the next book to be released now. This is a fitting third book to the series....more
Katniss is a great protagonist. She's flawed, she's naive, she's brave, she's impulsive, and--sometimes--she's depressed. She's an interesting charactKatniss is a great protagonist. She's flawed, she's naive, she's brave, she's impulsive, and--sometimes--she's depressed. She's an interesting character to follow and very easy to relate, even though--at points--she angered me with her naivete.
This book was a great end to the trilogy, and-personally-I loved the epilogue. While the deaths in this book were many and painful, it just goes to show how deeply you can become consumed by this world (R.I.P. (view spoiler)[Finnick and Prim, and the others (hide spoiler)]).
This is the book where they finally get to the war, where Katniss is conflicted by Peeta's predicament, then by Gale's morals and then just what is right. Katniss, a moral individual, tries to do her best to bring upon a better world and in a way where the end doesn't justify the means. But she struggles, a good chunk of this book she's likely depressed (or should I say "mentally disoriented"). While that became frustrating those parts are crucial to the reality of the character, she can't suffer what she's suffered and not come out psychologically damaged.
There are parts of this book where my heart ached for the characters and the hardships they underwent (especially, (view spoiler)[when poor Peeta comes to 13 and how the relationship between him and Katniss was so warped by his torture and hijacking (hide spoiler)]as I'm team Peeta all the way.
Either way, a great book, a great trilogy, a great read (or should I say...good read?).["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book is undoubtedly entertaining for the age group is geared towards, which is children and adolescents. However, if you've done more intense resThis book is undoubtedly entertaining for the age group is geared towards, which is children and adolescents. However, if you've done more intense research into Phineas Gage, you know that there were no accounts of his behavior change until 20 years after the accident (which is several years after his death) and that there were no written accounts of his behavior before the accident. Also, Fleischman takes to romanticizing the account and making some conclusions and painting pictures of events that can't be verified (after stating that they don't know what happened).
But this is perfect for younger children and adolescents interested in psychology and the brain....more
This is an awesome retelling of Cinderella in the future (126 years after WWIV) with cyborgs and androids, a heroine who is intelligent and interestinThis is an awesome retelling of Cinderella in the future (126 years after WWIV) with cyborgs and androids, a heroine who is intelligent and interesting, a prince who has good morals and is kind, a plot that--while I knew (vaguely) how it would go still entertained and enchanted. I'm glad I not only saw the advertisements on goodreads, but that a friend recommended this book to me. It was definitely a delightful read....more
I loved this book. Just as everyone who recommended it to me said, it was a quick read. It's easy to get sucked in to the relationship between (view sI loved this book. Just as everyone who recommended it to me said, it was a quick read. It's easy to get sucked in to the relationship between (view spoiler)[ Katniss and Peeta (hide spoiler)] and equally easy to have your heart break with them at the end when both realize the truth.
The world of Panem is fascinating, and you cheer with Katniss and hate on the frivolity of the Capitol. It is hard not to empathize with Katniss, not to care about her cares, feel what she's feeling. It's also hard not to experience shock at the brutality of the entire event of "The Hunger Games" and the fierce dichotomy of Panem.
I recommend this book to anyone, really. It's a good, fast read, that you can really get lost in. I can't wait to read the next and see where the series goes.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It's refreshing, light and unique. Incredibly enjoyable and a quick read. I definitely recommend this book, especially if you've seen the movie (whichIt's refreshing, light and unique. Incredibly enjoyable and a quick read. I definitely recommend this book, especially if you've seen the movie (which is, obviously, different but in a good way)....more