For whatever reason, this book never engrossed me quite as much as the first two. I'm still not sure how I feel about all of it, but ultimately, I likFor whatever reason, this book never engrossed me quite as much as the first two. I'm still not sure how I feel about all of it, but ultimately, I liked it. And it did give me extreme Animorphs feels, so...for some reason, I'm counting that as a plus....more
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Insurgent, but it absolutely lives up to Divergent and takes everything up to a new level, which is exactly what secI wasn’t sure what to expect from Insurgent, but it absolutely lives up to Divergent and takes everything up to a new level, which is exactly what second installments of trilogies should do.
Insurgent picks up right where Divergent left off, with the city at war and the factions divided against each other, while Tris and Tobias head for safety. They need to find a way to stop Erudite from taking over the city and slaughtering any more people. With half of Dauntless on the side of Erudite, they have to start by searching for allies, sometimes in unlikely places. Tris also wants to find out the truth about why Erudite attacked Abnegation. She faces new and increasingly more difficult choices while also dealing with her own grief and guilt.
The second volume is just as action-packed and suspenseful as the first, and full of new insights into the factions, the Divergent, and the society as a whole, which should make the wait for book three a long and difficult one.
It took a long time for me to really get into this, but I was pretty invested by the end, and I'm curious to see where the story goes. My biggest issuIt took a long time for me to really get into this, but I was pretty invested by the end, and I'm curious to see where the story goes. My biggest issue, and probably why I had trouble in the beginning, was the constant over-explanation of everything. Like, okay, you have amnesia, I get it. You remember the basics of the world but not the specifics of your life - that's pretty standard, you can STOP EXPLAINING IT TO ME!...more
I have such mixed feelings about this book. The writing is fairly good and I did like the sarcastic voice of Bianca, the main character. But then sheI have such mixed feelings about this book. The writing is fairly good and I did like the sarcastic voice of Bianca, the main character. But then she spends most of the book making such terrible decisions. Which is fine - a character who always makes the right decisions probably isn't worth reading about - but I don't know how to feel about the ending. (view spoiler)[I mean, she picks the arrogant playboy over the sweet, nerdy guy, but she also picks the guy she feels more herself with and who she has stronger feelings for. (hide spoiler)] I didn't particularly like Wesley. He does get more depth as the story goes on, but he's still so arrogant. So, it could have been much worse, but it still wasn't great.
I have a feeling this is going to be a really short review, because what is there to say beyond “It was brilliant” and “I cried (a lot)”? I don’t usuaI have a feeling this is going to be a really short review, because what is there to say beyond “It was brilliant” and “I cried (a lot)”? I don’t usually read books about depressing topics like cancer, but I made an exception because I love John Green. Teenage me probably wouldn’t have touched this, to be honest. I complained a lot as a teenager about all the depressing books we were forced to read in school. Although – I’m about to go on a tangent here, so maybe this won’t be so short after all – I’ve been thinking about this and there is definitely a difference between a book that makes me cry and a depressing book, and I don’t think “depressing” is a word I would use to describe The Fault in Our Stars. I don’t think any of the books I railed against in high school actually succeeding in bringing me to tears, while the books that did are full of both joy and sadness, humor and tragedy, as this one is. Many of them, in fact, have happy endings. Anyway, to get back to the story: I loved Hazel and I loved Augustus, and I was able to empathize with them, as well as with their parents, despite never having had to experience what they’ve been through, and I think that’s the mark of powerful storytelling. All I really want to say, I guess, is that I think the world is a slightly better place for having this book in it.
So I just recently (finally) discovered the world of nerdfighteria, and have been watching John and Hank Green’s videos on YouTube obsessively, and ISo I just recently (finally) discovered the world of nerdfighteria, and have been watching John and Hank Green’s videos on YouTube obsessively, and I figured it was high time I read Paper Towns. And it is, as I was promised by my fifteen-year-old cousin, a fantastic book, about the connections between people and how hard it is to really know another person.
There are so many interesting concept to think about in this book, particularly all the reflections on how people see each other and reveal themselves to others. It almost made me want to try reading “Song of Myself” again. Almost. I had a professor in college who loved Whitman so much that we spent about a third of my American Literature class studying him and that kind of killed the poem for me. But regardless, I liked the way it was used in this book. I loved Q and his friends, particularly Radar, and my favorite parts of the book were when they were all hanging out together. Once I reached Part 3, which is the final section of the book, I was unable to stop reading and stayed up far too late to finish it. If you’re already a John Green fan, chances are you’ve already read this. If you haven’t read any of his books, this is a great place to start!
The photos are great and super creepy, and the writing is well-done, but the story never really grabbed me. It wasn't nearly as scary as the picturesThe photos are great and super creepy, and the writing is well-done, but the story never really grabbed me. It wasn't nearly as scary as the pictures are by themselves, and it was fine but nothing to spectacular. It contains three things I love - Wales, time travel, and kids with superpowers - but I didn't feel like it really did quite enough with them.
Wow, I did not ever want to stop reading this book. It is so very cool. The whole teenagers-forced-into-guerrilla-warfare thing kind of strikes a nervWow, I did not ever want to stop reading this book. It is so very cool. The whole teenagers-forced-into-guerrilla-warfare thing kind of strikes a nerve with me (thank you, Animorphs), and this book does a great job with it. The basic plot is similar to the movie Red Dawn, but with actual character development and stuff. A group of teens in Australia go on a camping trip and when they come back, they find that the country has been invaded and their town is under the control of enemy soldiers. They have to decide whether to hide, surrender, or fight back, and their reactions are all very realistic and honest. As I mentioned, what this story has that Red Dawn doesn't is the time to explore the characters - who they were before and how these events change them, as well as the various relationships between them. There's a lot of action and suspense, but that doesn't mean there isn't time for a little teen drama and romance as well. I loved this book and I can't wait to pick up the next one!...more
I didn’t actually expect to like this book as much as I did. I expected it to be entertaining and a fun action story, but it also turned out to be ratI didn’t actually expect to like this book as much as I did. I expected it to be entertaining and a fun action story, but it also turned out to be rather well-written as a bonus and quite thrilling. If you can get past the basic improbability of the MI-6 hiring a fourteen-year-old as a spy, the rest flows easily. And actually, Horowitz manages to make that premise slightly more plausible than one would think. At the very least, there’s so much else going on that one doesn’t have much time to dwell on it.
I listened to the audio version, and Nathaniel Parker does an excellent job as well. Stormbreaker is particularly geared toward teen boys, though that’s not to say girls can’t enjoy it as well. Basically, this is a fun, quick read—very action-packed and exciting—and Alex is not only likeable but smart, which is a big plus in my book....more