I think this book should come with a sticker at the front saying: WARNING: this book contains intense surprisesAlso posted on my blog, YA Anonymous.
I think this book should come with a sticker at the front saying: WARNING: this book contains intense surprises and mind- blowing suspense and may cause extreme cases of tears, laughter and severe heart-beat rates. Because for me it SO did.
Which is to say that I loved this book. Maybe more than Divergent, actually. It totally exceeded all expectations I had and ended that reputation of the second book in trilogies being the worst.
One of the things I would like to applaud Veronica Roth for was how she wrote Tris and Tobias's relationship. After that absolutely gorgeous way the two of them got together, I was worried about how Roth would continue their relationship. The obvious easy thing to do would just pop pointless make-out sessions in there that would suggest that they were still going strong, but, like in the first book, I was glad that their relationship remained real. In this book, the Tris and Tobias's trust and loyalty of each other are tested. Secrets are kept, lies are told, and yet, the two still somehow keeps it together with their faith and belief of one another. I love the way Tobias believes so much of Tris that it pains me that he is only a fictional character. It really does.
Roth's characters remain as one of my favourites. They were fantastic, and full of personality and definitely believable. The only thing I disliked about the characters was the fact that, yes, Roth introduced many great characters, but she killed them off in half a second when I would've liked to get to know them more. You know when you are successful at character writing when your readers mourn your characters deaths.
I know that in the first book, most of us had problems of believing the world that Roth created; how would a world with only five virtues work? Well, most of the questions were answered for me in this book. Obviously not all of them. If that were the case there would be no need for a third book. :) In Insurgent we get to visit all of the factions (which was great; I was always curious about how the Amity headquarters looked like) and more and more was revealed about how, exactly, Tris's world became the way it is. Which means that there was a whole lot of action, suspense and drama, and I know how much you all love this sort of stuff. :)
So. The things I liked: Tris and Tobias's romance, the other characters (and their relationships with each other *shh, Uriah and Marlene*), more information about this world, the action, the drama, the suspense and the surprises. The things I didn't like: the sudden deaths of my (beloved) characters and the fact that I did not buy this book.
But the latter can be easily fixed. Off to the bookshop I go......more
Yay!! The Son of Neptune won Best Middle Grade & Children's book in the Goodreads choice award 2011!! (I'm sure my vote helped.... :D) UPDATE:
Yay!! The Son of Neptune won Best Middle Grade & Children's book in the Goodreads choice award 2011!! (I'm sure my vote helped.... :D)
I am so glad I bought this book. And I regret not buying the previous one in the series 'cause I'm slightly confused. But that shall be solved soon. Away to the bookstore I go....
Damn it. Just damn it.
****WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS****
The next installment in the Heroes of Olympus trilogy had everything I missed for a year: the humorous, witty dialogue, the always awesome cast of characters and, not to mention, my beloved Percy Jackson. Shit, I missed Percy. The loss of the light- hearted humor hit me hard, though Leo did a very good job of filling in that spot while Percy was napping (yes, napping). But it just wasn't the same. The short of all this is that I'm very happy that Percy's back in the books.
I actually really liked the new characters especially the horse, Arion. I mean, who doesn’t like a swearing horse? Ha, and that little comment he made about Frank being a “Chinese-Canadian baby man” just cracked me up so much, my mum gave me nervous glances from across the room.
And on the note of Frank, I like him (but not as much as Percy- yet). I really felt for him about his family issues and- squeal- romantic issues. Aw, him and Hazel’s so cute together! Especially when they were being all flirty like (poor third wheel Percy). But, and I had to bring this out here, I’m guessing there’s going to be a love triangle(s) involved.
Here’s my theory: So, you know how Hazel’s old “boyfriend”, Sammy’s related to Leo, right? *cue nodding* Well, what if Hazel’s all over whelmed with him look exactly like Sammy, that she starts to have feelings for him? Gods, what’s going to happen to Frank?
And, another thing I also had to put out here, what’s going to happen with the Piper, Jason thing, especially now that Reyna’s in the story?
I'm really hoping that the romance doesn't take the reins of the story. 'Cause that was one of the reasons why I loved reading the previous series- the lack of romance driven plot. Oh, I'm not sure I'm going to like this....
On to some non- romance related things now….
Riordan did a pretty good job with the Roman camp, very vivid in the space of 513 pages- most of them didn't even take place in the camp. I must say though, Camp Jupiter made Camp Half- Blood look way budget.
The multiple points- of- view didn't bother me; each narrating character (Percy, Hazel and Frank) each had a significant voice that helped me distinguish which character was who. On a negative note (sadly), I felt that this book lacked the flow that, for me, The Lost Hero had. Sometimes I'd get extremely pissy 'cause while I'm reading, say, Frank's point- of- view, I'd be consistently wondering what the hell was happening to Percy. This annoyed me so much during the time Frank was unchaining Death and Hazel was fighting Alcyoneus and Percy was fending off the shades. And I only got to read about how Frank felt during then while he was basically committing suicide to unchain Death. Which he would've obviously felt very sad about. I really would've much rather read about how Hazel was doing (no offense, Frank. I still love you).
So then this made me feel that the ending was rushed. I thought that the battle with Polybotes back in Camp Jupiter (the final battle I always look forward to in a book) could've been spread out a little more. It was just basically “Hazel’s doing this, Frank’s doing that, Dakota’s sipping Kool-Aid”. It was all too distracting, really. Mentioning what everybody else is doing made me worry for them, instead of having my full attention on the current character’s point- of- view, which in this case was Percy.
I absolutely love reading the battles that Percy’s involved in; he’s always kick- ass and smart, but this time, in this particular battle, it was weird to me. I got that Percy had a plan, yeah, working together with Terminus (a god) to defeat Polybotes. But the friggin statue didn’t even do anything! He just stood there, pretend punching the giant and talking bullshit and somehow, this could defeat the giant. Can I just ask, how the fuck does that work, that the god just stands there and gives his word that, yes, let’s join forces, and the demigod does all the work? If that’s what’s going to happen in the next books, forget it. A wave of the hand by Zeus and Percy does everything? Na.
But I am willing to over look these things because I love Percy too much and I’m actually excited on seeing how the romance goes on with Percy and Annabeth, and Jason and Piper (and Reyna?), and Hazel and Frank (and Leo?).
My gods, it’s gonna be a long year….
*hides under bed to process all this information* ...more