The first part of the book was just the constant whining. I almost skipped a whole chapter. I'm glad I didn't though, because it got really good as I...moreThe first part of the book was just the constant whining. I almost skipped a whole chapter. I'm glad I didn't though, because it got really good as I read on. Thanks a bunch to Kenji for enlightening our esteemed protagonist.
So, Juliette is still in the process of learning to control her special powers and is constantly discovering more overwhelming, if not, more dangerous side of her ability. The more she figures out how powerful she is ... the more depress she gets. She is always in this state of realization of how much she will get people hurt either by accident or not. The worse thing still is that she cannot spend intimate time with Adam anymore because the latter gets overwhelmed with her power that he loses control of his own resilience to her's and he gets hurt. And we so all know how Juliette couldn't stand hurting anybody!
After having read this book and the short novella, "Destroy Me", I am more inclined in changing my team to team Warner. He is such a complicated person. A very complicated interesting person. When you thought you got him all figured out, he leaves you in awe. He is basically my favorite character in this book. And definitely a swoon worthy guy. It is such a surprise to find people you thought who were really messed up ... turn out to be the most leveled and open and wise people around. And who knew they were capable of loving ... unconditionally too?
If Adam is left speechless and overwhelmed with his feelings for Juliette, Warner is filled with the right things to say to sweep you off your feet. Sometimes I am left thinking ... there must be someone more worthy of Warner than Juliette. I am just not loving her character.
Although, I have to admit, I loved the writing and the words used ... sometimes, Juliette's emotions are so intense that I am left discovering some cheesy moments with her. I can't keep myself from rolling my eyes wherever which way!(less)
Who's to say what reality is? Is reality founded on what is truth and fact or is reality founded on one's personal interpretation of what he sees, hea...moreWho's to say what reality is? Is reality founded on what is truth and fact or is reality founded on one's personal interpretation of what he sees, hears, tastes and feels?
I'm glad I read it. It is totally unique from among the dystopia literatures I've read. A great concept and truly imaginative. Can't wait for the sequel! =)
It's been a while ... actually ... years since I've read the book preceding Messenger, Gathering Blue, so it took me a while to familiarize myself wit...moreIt's been a while ... actually ... years since I've read the book preceding Messenger, Gathering Blue, so it took me a while to familiarize myself with the characters again. (view spoiler)[Who knew the leader was Jonas and the blind man was Kira's father and Matt the boy Kira took care of? (hide spoiler)]
The first few chapters dragged along for me and the story picked up the pace once we've gotten into the ?trading fair? where certain things were traded for other things which were a mystery. People trading their souls or parts of themselves to gain something like ethereal beauty or pleasure but devoid of substance and goodness. Thereby changing the people living in the Village and making Forest hostile and sick.
The ending was just really heart breaking. I can't still get over it!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I've had this book forever and now I'm glad I took the time to read it. It's a thrilling escape to safety story of a boy and a girl who seemingly turn...moreI've had this book forever and now I'm glad I took the time to read it. It's a thrilling escape to safety story of a boy and a girl who seemingly turned strangers to each other by the war. Where the bill of rights is thrown out the window, replaced by the statutes with totally unfair laws. Where family consisted of a mother, a father and child/children, where the only acceptable religion is the American religion, and where being a daughter/son out of wedlock is considered a crime and where the most offending party, in this case the mother, is sentenced to death (Article 5 is not supposed to be retroactive. Heck! It doesn't even have to exist in a just and logical world!)
After having read the book overnight...I trully understand what the hype was about. A very interesting story line and dystopian concept at that.
Havin...moreAfter having read the book overnight...I trully understand what the hype was about. A very interesting story line and dystopian concept at that.
Having the society broken down into factions ( Candor for honesty, Abnegation for selflessness, Dauntless for courage/bravery, Amity for peace, and Erudite for intellect). The society has been broken down into mentioned factions for the prevailing belief that the downfall or success of a society is dependent on the personality of each individual. Each personality is therefore believed to inevitably gear toward a common goal respective to their personality and chosen faction. Thus, an honest person will choose to be a part of Candor with the purpose of revealing the truth and be open about it...to state the truth in your face no matter what. A selfless person will choose to be a part of Abnegation, putting the sake or interest of others before their own...this will explain why they sit as council members/leaders in the government. Besides, power is best given to those who do not want it! A brave person will choose to be a part of Dauntless where they are able to kick butts and stuff. Peaceful people (can anybody say kumbaya!) choose Amity, where they sing and dance and farm to their hearts' content. Those who hunger for knowledge and improvement choose Erudite.
Divergent focuses on a sixteen year old heroine Tris. It was a very fun read, full of action and mind boggling thoughts from Tris. Most of the time I find myself exclaiming, "Why did you do that?". It was really disturbing finding some of her decisions based mostly on the want of "becoming" a part of the Dauntless rather than that of "being" a part of Abnegation. When in fact, being a divergent means having the ability to possess more than one of the personalities stated above, thus, is able to choose any faction she want without having to sacrifice losing any other personality. (*sigh* How could she do that to Al?)