I just don't know. There were parts I definitely LOVED, and th...moreYou know, I am still processing this book.
I think that my rating is about right though.
I just don't know. There were parts I definitely LOVED, and there were parts that I just didn't think fit all the way.
I just have some mixed feelings, which I will talk out below, under a spoiler tag ;-) There are not any story spoilers in my review, but for those of you who want to read this without knowing ANYTHING, the tag is for you. =)
(view spoiler)[First off, I just want to say, I really have nothing wrong with the end of the book in terms of what happened! (In fact, I think that the Epilogue was ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL and my favorite chapter of the book!)
But I opened this book and saw the Dual perspective, and I gagged. I absolutely HATE when the style of story telling changes at a random point in the story. I know that there was a purpose for it, OBVIOUSLY, but I just hate when a series has to change like that. I wish that Insurgent would have been told all in Four's perspective, then the Dual perspective would make sense!!!
I think most of my qualms and mixed feelings about this book have to do with the HOW the story was told this time. There was something....lacking...in the storytelling. Some parts just DRAGGGGEEDDDDDD out, and then the important parts seemed rushed to me. I mean.....COME ON!!!!!! I felt like some of the characters died haphazardly, like it was The Walking Dead and we had too many extra people! And that kind of made me angry.
I don't know, there was just some disconnect between the story and me this book. I just didn't really get it. Like, I kind of felt like everything that she introduced in this book did not have the time to really get wrapped up...everything just felt so RUSHED! Like, I got to page 325 and I felt like we needed a book 4 to properly wrap this series up, and then I finished it and I kind of felt the same way.
It was like "Insurgent happened inside Chicago" and then they leave Chicago and THE SAME STORY HAPPENS AGAIN, just between the GPs and the GDs, which is a concept that I felt didn't get enough explanation to really merit meaning. I don't know, I get the parallels and what Roth was trying to do with the story, I just think that it was too rushed and therefore it lost something with me.
As for the ending, I am not upset with what happened. I am just upset again with the fact that it kind of felt rushed, like an afterthought. And an ending like that DOES NOT NEED TO FEEL RUSHED!
But then I read the epilogue, and that was ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! (hide spoiler)]
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So, I have watched the show. And that had an influence on my opinion of this book I will be honest.
The stories are pretty similar, as are the charact...moreSo, I have watched the show. And that had an influence on my opinion of this book I will be honest.
The stories are pretty similar, as are the characters. There are some characters in the book that aren't in the show, and vice versa. So that was interesting. Some of the characters have different personalities, and I don't know if I like the book or the show better. That waits to be seen.
The thing about making a show based on a book series that is not remotely finished is that the show moves quicker than the book. And the fact that the show has gone in a direction already makes it difficult to read this series, because they are TOO similar. And with book 2 coming out in September, I am really wondering how similar it will stay.
That being said, the story itself is a quick read. The pacing and flashbacks allow the story to move quickly but still give the background of certain characters. This story does focus on four characters and alternates between their POVs. For me (having seen the show) that really didn't seem like a lot. But for readers who haven't watched the show, I think that so many POVs, especially with all the flashbacks, can seem really muddled.
I will probably pick up book two and see where Morgan takes this series.(less)
Eleven years ago, 99.9% of the world's population was wiped out from a rampant virus that was released by the Partials--1 million created beings with military purposes that turned against humans, thus starting the Partials war. Now, the roughly 50,000 human beings with immunity to this virus have settled on Long Island, re-establishing a government and trying to rebuild the world that was lost. But the virus that wiped out most of humanity is still killing--in the eleven years since the end of the Partial War, not one single newborn has survived more than three days. Researchers have been busy trying to find the cure, and the government has established the Hope Act, a new law that requires all women 18 years and older to get pregnant and continually get pregnant, in the hopes of finding a baby with immunity. But the babies are still dying.
Kira is a sixteen-year old who is going through her medic training in the maternity ward. As more and more babies keep dying, Kira takes it upon herself to do her own research to find out why the babies keep dying, and in doing so she comes across the only untested possibility: the Partials immunity to the virus. This discovery thrusts Kira and her friends into dangerous territories, both with her own people and with their sworn enemies. But the survival of humanity is worth the risk.
I had been keeping an eye on this novel and waiting anxiously for it to come available at the library. But honestly, I didn't really have any sort of expectation with this novel. I was excited about the premise, but I didn't expect to be completely enamored and drawn in to this story so quickly, and to close a novel completely and totally happy with every element of the story. This story is, to me, YA in perfection.
First of all, the world building is phenomenal. This post-apocalyptic, dystopia world becomes real for the reader. This is a dying world, with people trying to figure out the key to ensuring humanity's survival, yet the government seems more concerned with keeping the living alive for as long as possible. As adults, who knew the world before the Partial War and the Break, they are trying to create the government to simulate that world in which they grew up. But for the teens like Kira and Jayden and Marcus and Xochi, who are considered the Plague Babies, a world without a future is just as dead as a world with no one in it. Which is why they are rebellious--not just because they are teenagers and they are "supposed" to be, but because they can't imagine a world with no future or purpose.
What I absolutely appreciated and loved about this novel is that, in this post-apocalyptic set up, for once each person's actions and decisions are both rational and realistic to the situation at hand. Yes, we have an oppressive government, but in their eyes they implement laws like the Hope Act because they feel like they have no other options. And then we have Kira, who is willing to risk her life to try and find the cure to save humanity because she cannot fathom living in a world with no purpose, with no future, with no hope. And she is right in her actions. And the senators are right in theirs. And when they confront each other, you can see that they all want the same things, but some are not willing to risk what they already have to ensure survival. Kira is, though.
Dan Wells does not lack on developing each and every character in this novel, from the main characters like Kira and Samm right down to the minor of characters, like Soldier One and Soldier Two (they have names really, but they don't matter because they are in the book for like 30 pages). I think this can be attributed to the world building, to the fact that when the human population is right at 50,000 people, each and every person is important to society. This premise carries over to the characters--each one is deliberate to the story, each one is important, and each one is well-developed.
The other thing I want to mention in why I adore this novel is the inclusion of the science into the plotline. Kira is researching this virus for a cure, and we as the reader walk with her as she analyzes and discovers things about this virus. There is a lot of science in this novel, especially in the middle, but it adds so much to the development of the story (and I assume the series). We learn and Kira learns, which allows readers to once again feel involved and invested into the story--it makes this story a reality for readers. While we only see the affects of the virus in The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe, Partials allows us to understand this destructive force of nature intimately, which allows us to completely understand how the story unfolds, because we know why the Partials become necessary for the survival of the humans--because we are there learning while Kira learns and realizes the key.
And what is a YA series without a little romance? The unique [and simple] thing about this novel is that, as the novel opens, Kira has a boyfriend with whom she has been with for years. So rather than having two characters meet and fall in love, etc (or the dreaded instalove scenario), we have two individuals who love each other already. Instead of the highs of new love, we get the struggles (and dare I say realities) of a relationship. Kira and Marcus have disagreements and fights and they go through all sorts of emotions together. But it is completely realistic. And I love it.
Partials is a fantastic opener to a series that could easily become my favorite. Dan Wells pays delicate attention to each and every detail of this novel and is intentional with every sentence he writes, making Partials one of the best Sci-Fi/Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopia series out there. I would recommend this series to everyone who is a fan of said genres, and I feel you will not be disappointed.(less)
What an intriguing and fairytale-like dystopia story. Rose is awakend by a kiss--or mouth to mouth recessitation, rather--and is confused as to why th...moreWhat an intriguing and fairytale-like dystopia story. Rose is awakend by a kiss--or mouth to mouth recessitation, rather--and is confused as to why this strange boy is in her house. What Rose does not realize is that she is waking up 62 years after she "went to sleep" in the stass tube. Everyone she knew is long gone--she is alone is this much different world.
There is a big mystery behind Rose's past, which entices readers to keep reading her story as she struggles to adjust to this new world, after The Dark Ages wiped out over half of the world's population and the universal community had to build up from practically nothing. Through counseling, therapy, and the help of her new friends, Bren (the boy who kissed her), and Otto (the genetically-modified, man-made human who cannot speak but has a unique gift of thought implantation), Rose is trying to understand herself through all of her loss and pain.
But then you have to through in the psychotic and unstoppable Plastine robot who is trying to "eliminate the target" of Rose. No one knows who set this illegal machine on her, but it is a creepy presence that is out to get her. So on top of having to adjust to being a one-hundred year old teenager, she has to keep a killer robot at bay, too.
What I absolutely loved/hated about this novel is the dynamics of relationships. I say loved because you have people like Otto, who complete understands her and helps her understand herself, and people like Bren, who is loyal to her and willing to do anything to keep her safe (and there is the tension between him and Rose that keeps the story interesting). But then you have the backstory of her parents, and how they absolutely abused their child, and it just makes you want to SCREAM!!! But the depth of each and every relationship in this novel is so intricate and so developed that you really understand each and every character in this book.
For some reason, I just cannot form sentences to write this review, and I am sitting here and wondering why. But I think it is because this is just one of those books that you really can't say much about to other people. You just have to experience its goodness for yourself.
So I encourage you to read this novel, especially if you like fairy-tale retellings with dystopia and a little bit of sci-fi (though not that much, really--mostly its sci-fi because the world ahs expanded to other orbs in the solar system, but you don't travel there or anything). It really is a fabulous read, one filled with intrigue and suspense and a love for the characters and the story.
Another solid read! I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship dynamics in this book, and really loved the character development with Rose. A very different take on dystopia, but I really liked it. Full of surprises to keep you on your toes. I definitely recommend it! (less)
From the get go, readers are thrust into this dystopian world where 5 new governmental laws prevail:
The Moral Statutes of the United States of America...moreFrom the get go, readers are thrust into this dystopian world where 5 new governmental laws prevail:
The Moral Statutes of the United States of America
Article 1: The United States embraces the Church of America as her official religion.
Article 2: Literature and other media considered immoral are hereby banned and shall not be owned, bought, sold, or traded in any capacity.
Article 3: Whole families are to be considered one man, one woman, and child(ren).
Article 4: Traditional male and female roles shall be observed.
Article 5: Children are considered valid citizens only when conceived by a married man and wife.
This new moral code runs this future United States where Ember now lives. Everyday, new missing persons end up tacked to the board at the gas station, and Ember and her friends recognize some. It is a world where people disappear in the blink of an eye and are never heard of again, and all because of these "moral tenants."
So when the Moral Police show up at the front door of the house where Ember and her mother (yes, just her mother) live, it's not just for a search for the contraband materials they keep hidden in their home (like Romance novels); this time, it's for the violation of Article 5. And who is among the arresting officers but Chase, Ember's long-time neighbor and (ex?)boyfriend. Separated from her mother, Ember is taken to a rehabilitation center for young girls, where she plots her escape plans to find her mother. There were definite things I appreciated and loved about this first-in-a-series novel and a few things I didn't love so much. I will start with the negative and end with the positives. =)
Probably the biggest "uggggh" part of the book for me was the wishy-washyness of our main girl, Ember. At some points in the book, I'm like "yes! You go girl!" But honestly, many points of the book held the "Seriously?! What are you doing?! Oh My Goodness will you shut UP!" moments with her. And I really am hoping that this is Kristen Simmons development of Ember to help her grow into a strong young rebel by the end of the series. That is what I am chalking it all up to, so that is why my overall opinion of this novel is still pretty high. Ember really doesn't annoy you the whole book, but the parts that she does are just over the top, almost. Now, I do get it. Ember is having to work through her thoughts on this version of her Chase, and she is trying to figure out who Chase is now. But she can do that in her head (as this is told from her POV) and not by whining out loud in conversation.
On the flip side, I really loved Kristen Simmons world development. Between the Moral Policemen and the staff at the rehabilitation center, we are really given a sense of how horrible the world has come to be--there is a great presence of an evil that is present in humanity, which is just plain scary! But as Ember and Chase travel south-bound and encounter different characters and people, you can really get some glimpses at just how horrible the world Kristen Simmons creates is and will be before the end. If you want some realistic dystopian literature, then you can stop looking, because this book is it! Government controlling morality = super scary world!
And probably my other favorite part of this novel has to be Chase. Wow, what a character. Not only is he that dreamy, attractive, next-door neighbor type, but he has had to go through a lot in his life. His character is slowly revealed through each and every scene, and the more I learn, the more I love him! Especially for a character we learn about through someone else's eyes, we get a lot of the psychological effects of being drafted into an army he didn't want to be in, and what his job has done to him mentally and emotionally. Chase's character development is what makes this novel so good, and what makes me quick to forgive Ember for all of her annoying tendencies.
I am extremely hopeful that the second novel, which currently has no publishing date, will be even better than this one. This is definitely a series that dystopia fans should check out! I am looking forward to the next installment of this story.
Holy crap I just ate this book up! It is full of excitement and a lot of development. Day and June are two characters that I want to learn more about...moreHoly crap I just ate this book up! It is full of excitement and a lot of development. Day and June are two characters that I want to learn more about constantly. I just love them! On to Prodigy!(less)
So, those of you who have already read this book will completely understand when I say that I accidentally read this book in less than a day. But alas...moreSo, those of you who have already read this book will completely understand when I say that I accidentally read this book in less than a day. But alas, that is what happened. ;)
As I had heard this novel on numerous occasions be compared to Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games series, naturally in the back of my mind (though I tried not to) I was comparing Divergent to it. So when I began reading it, for the first 50-100 pages, I just was not convinced of the raving behind Divergent as an equal to the dystopian world created in The Hunger Games. And then, suddenly and almost like magic, I was completely in-raptured, and the next thing I knew it was 3am and I was on page 400.
The way of life in Beatrice's dystopian society is pretty simple: There are five communities with five different ways of life. Everyone is supposed to fit into one of those five, and the diagnostic test will tell you which faction you should join on Selection Day. But Beatrice's test was not so black and white--it was inconclusive. And being inconclusive is the most dangerous thing of all--it means you are divergent, and you can never tell anybody about your results. This leaves Beatrice with a heavy choice: To stay in the community she has grown up in but never really felt like she belongs, or to join the community that appeases to her sense of curiosity and adventure?
She chooses a different path for herself and is plunges into an initiation full of fierce competition for a spot in her new faction. But she has to be careful in her training to hide the fact that she is divergent from the faction leaders, who have been known to kill those citizens who display divergent qualities. So "Tris" now finds herself with a huge secret and the rather daunting task of trying to pretend to be something she isn't.
I must say, I am really impressed with the character development in this novel. From the main heroine, Tris, right down to all of the minor characters, readers get a sense of exactly who each character is, almost as if we know them personally. We can see their strengths and weaknesses, and we can see them grow as characters, whether for the good or for the bad. That is one thing that really impressed me about this novel, especially because it was a debut novel for Roth, and a first in the series. Yet we gain intimate knowledge of all of the characters in this novel, right from the very beginning.
I was worried in the beginning because of the rather simplistic divides within this society--five factions that each focus on one specific "best" quality. This idea made me really weary and hesitant as I started reading, and I was really afraid that I wasn't going to like it. But then Roth gives you so much world development, and I understood and appreciated the world that she was creating, and fell in love with it all.
Despite the slower beginning, I am overall extremely impressed by this debut novel and author, and I am looking forward to reading more of her work in the future. So please, go pick this novel up now! Yes, right now!