This is the best book out of the 3 book series. I think it would have been good enough to just be a stand alone book if it had ended in a way that did...moreThis is the best book out of the 3 book series. I think it would have been good enough to just be a stand alone book if it had ended in a way that didn't make you want to know what would happen later. I highly enjoyed the suspense and wanting more interactions between Yelena and Valek, being a romantic at heart. (view spoiler)[ I could easily tell that they would end up together. The "romance" in this first book was the same type you get when you start a budding relationship; your heart quickens at the very thought of the person and you want to spend every moment with them. (hide spoiler)].
For a "young adult" book, I was surprised at some of the more adult themes that were shown throughout the book. While it was still talked about, it was still more of a young adult book more than anything.
I almost wish I didn't like this book so much because the 2nd and 3rd books were not as good at all. Neither had the magic, action, suspence or romance that this one had.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
From the first page, I could not put this book down. As in almost all dystopian books, the main character is a small, thin young girl; the under dog,...moreFrom the first page, I could not put this book down. As in almost all dystopian books, the main character is a small, thin young girl; the under dog, the one who is least likely to come out winning. But even though I am finding myself increasingly annoyed by this, I still get sucked in by the story and characters.
As much as I loved the book (and I will still give it 5 stars) I do not understand how the wispy girls who are under 5' tall, can constantly get injured and yet still have the energy to climb, run, & fight.
Another issue I had was (view spoiler)[ that not enough time was spent on the loss of Will. He might have been one of my favorite characters. I loved his random knowledge. All I could think about was how the renunion will be between Tris & Christian in the following book, and you know there will be something along the lines of Christina being angry, then there is the tension between them until the end comes and one of them saves the other from a disasterous event. However it is done, I hope it's not irritating, as those type of plot lines usually are. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was a decent read. I wasn't really as drawn in as I thought I would be based off the other reviews. While I appreciate the attention to details,...moreThis was a decent read. I wasn't really as drawn in as I thought I would be based off the other reviews. While I appreciate the attention to details, I got lost in the paragraphs spent souly to the area's they were running. I eventually gave up trying to remember where they were at any given time just to get to the actual plot line of the story.
The characters were written well, I never felt that any of the writing was pushing or trying to be something it wasn't.
I won't be rushing to read the sequel however. (less)
While I appreciate the different type of plot line, I do not enjoy the term used for the main male character - "Elder/Eldest". I understand how this i...moreWhile I appreciate the different type of plot line, I do not enjoy the term used for the main male character - "Elder/Eldest". I understand how this is important to the plot line, however I had it figured out very early on in the book. When there are only 5 main characters to choose from that it could be, it's slim pickin's. There should have been more characters that weren't old women to choose from. I don't know if I would read the 2nd one (although I will if there is not anything else I want to read)(less)
In the 2nd book of this series, we not only get to see things from Cassia's point of view, but also Ky's. I don't know if that is a good thing or a ba...moreIn the 2nd book of this series, we not only get to see things from Cassia's point of view, but also Ky's. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I often got myself confused as to which character I was reading about during the flip flopping of the chapters, but it was only minimal confusion.
I did not like this one as much as the first. There was a big disconnect with how the world felt, and maybe that's what you're suppose to feel when they are in the outer provenience; disconnected from the rest of the world. I think it might have also had to do with the author's way of writing this time. To me it felt like there were things she was trying to say or convey with all the descriptive "feelings" but that only muddled my mind and thoughts and I could never truly feel what needed to be felt. There were times that the surrounding were described and I could not picture it in my mind. There were things the characters were feeling and I could not feel them in my heart. It was overall, very "bleh".(less)
Once I finished reading Delirium, I couldn't wait to read the second book, but it wasn't available yet. So I waited, and waited and waited. I forgot h...moreOnce I finished reading Delirium, I couldn't wait to read the second book, but it wasn't available yet. So I waited, and waited and waited. I forgot how much I related to the first book, Lauren Oliver did such an amazing job with really putting the emotion of the first love into words.
Reading the second book, Pandemonium, I feel a lot of that was lost. Maybe it's just like real love and real emotion. The power of that FIRST love can't be topped. You can't feel that excitement again, or if you do, it's not as potent. Not so "all consuming".
I didn't mind how the book was read in a "then" and "now" flip flop. It actually kept me more interested than had it just been written straight through.
Lena just doesn't appeal to me that much. She didn't appeal to me, or make me really like her, so much in Delirium either. There isn't really anything bad about her, I just don't think she's very likable. In this book, I think she came off less likable. Don't get me wrong, she is less annoying than some of the characters that are created; she's not whiny, she's not broody (for the most part). She's not wildly unresponsible. She's not doing things that make you rip your hair out and scream "WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?!?" She's just not very personable. There is nothing that gives her personality. And I really only know that she's short, VERY VERY SKINNY (since she doesn't get a lot of food) and has tiny boobs.
More often than not I had to remind myself "These people have never felt love before, they were taught it was wrong, they don't know to not just fall in love with the first person who touches them". That's what it kinda feels like to me. Not that Lena is just falling head over heals in love with everyone she talks to or meets, but I don't understand, because of the above paragraph about her having zero to no personality, why someone would just fall in love with her without even knowing her.
The book itself wasn't bad. I am wondering through what will happen in the next book that will wrap this series up. Is it a trilogy or will it be longer? The book didn't seem very lengthy, so unless the next one is either very long, or everything is smooshed into a face paced, harly any lull in time, details be dammed ending, I don't see how it can be done. (view spoiler)[ yes, the ending did leave it as a HUGE dun dun DUN cliff hanger - one that I could see was coming, I knew KNEW KNEW Alex was alive. Now I dred reading the next one because I HATE love triangles. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I loved Divergent so much, I checked almost religiously to see when the sequel would be released. Sadly I did not win any of the give aways of the adv...moreI loved Divergent so much, I checked almost religiously to see when the sequel would be released. Sadly I did not win any of the give aways of the advanced release or the one from the author. Then... I forgot about it until recently.
Things I appreciate about this book are:
1.It starts off right where the first book left off. There isn't months or weeks or day; it's literally right after the first book left off.
2. There is none of the "lets take up a whole chapter just to summarize what happened in the last book" nonsense. (The only problem is I did forget who her brother and a few of the mentioned characters were until the 2nd chapter)
3. There were times that I felt like I was reading the first book again. Not that anything was redundant, but that there was the same feeling I got from the first one.
Things I did not like:
I hate the description of Tris. Is she a boy? Does she want to be a boy? She sounds and acts like one and I even sometimes, when I think of her, I think of a BOY. There is someone famous that comes to mind, but I can't seem to pinpoint who it is I am thinking of. Yes, I understand that she is only 16 (and yet acts like someone who is probably more like a 23 year old) All I can hope is that in the 3rd book there is a moment where she plumps out and develops some womanly curves.
The back & forth thing with Four/Tobias got a little old. Ok, we get it, secrets are bad and you can't build a healthy relationship with those, but ugh! PLEASE can there ever be a book where the drama doesn't settle on the relationship? The one saving grace is that you know they are together at the end. But I guess I better get myself ready for another rollercoaster for the next book. I can only count my lucky stars that at least it isn't some love triangle.
The writing is well done and easy to flow into which I can say is the biggest reason I am a fan of this series. (less)
I am having trouble classifying this book as "young adult" as it is, shall I say, more mature than other YA books I have read (and actually I had stop...moreI am having trouble classifying this book as "young adult" as it is, shall I say, more mature than other YA books I have read (and actually I had stopped reading a different YA Angel/demon book that was TERRIBLE called Silver Smoke - DO NOT READ THAT BOOK) and it is so refreshing. It is hard to describe this book in all it's other worldly glory, but it is refreshing.
Had I not been extremely busy and had no other choice but to put this down occasionally, it would have been one of those books that I would have just read in every free moment I had until it consumed me into the depths of my soul and mind, where I was thinking about nothing but this book and the story of Karou, who is probably one of the most believable heroines (or girl main characters) I have read about for a while.
The love story in this, which doesn't happen until midway into the book (the fact that the book doesn't just jump right to it and you're suppose to believe that two people are just instantly in love with each other) is so convincing, you have no objections to everything written about it. A modern day fantasy Romeo & Juliet. Who doesn't love that type of romance?
I highly enjoy how the origin of the story is told, not by someone talking about it; but by being able to see it, as it was told from that person.
Finishing the book was bittersweet; I couldn't wait to finish it because it was so magical, but I have to wait until November for the sequel!(less)
I am only reading this because I won the 2nd book in the series, Tin Solider, in a good reads giveaway.
When I say "read", I mean I got about 40% throu...moreI am only reading this because I won the 2nd book in the series, Tin Solider, in a good reads giveaway.
When I say "read", I mean I got about 40% through and then couldn't keep going. I understand setting up a story line, and that sometimes, in order to construct the origin of characters, there will be some slow parts. There were plenty of times this book could have sped up the pace, but as soon as it could have gone that direction, it went opposite. This is a teenage girls wet gossip dream. Where everything secretly has to do with some boring relationship. "Pilot" (obviously the author's way of being "cool" and "hip" when it comes to naming their characters) has no personality that I can understand. Apparently the sister is weird for not wanting to wear clothes like a normal teenager, or join in cheerleading, which of course, we don't know about until she starts doing the opposite. Ryykken or whatever his name is, is obviously in love with her, but instead the author wants to keep that hidden by making it seem like he doesn't like her and is always, ALWAYS, ALWAYS having a fight. Every other time you see them together, they are fighting, or apologizing or, you guessed, it getting into a fight. The aunt "Sirena" apparently looks EXACTLY like the dead mom, but Brie doesn't notice until half the woman's face is obscured with a motorcycle helmet. The most interesting character was some chick that Pilot met because there was some actual mystery, but then that was down the gutter when she was actually talking and you find out she is a 17 year old girl with an adult job.
What is the actual plot line of this book? I have no idea, it was like reading an episode of Secret Life of an American Teenager without the sex drama... or any good drama for that matter.
Looks like when I get the sequel in the mail, I won't be reading it. And I don't suggest that anyone tries to read this either. It was just painful.(less)
I listened to this audiobook mostly on my way to and from work. It took me longer than normal to get through it because some days I didn'...more3.5 - 4 stars
I listened to this audiobook mostly on my way to and from work. It took me longer than normal to get through it because some days I didn't really care to keep listening. It's not that the book is bad; in fact it is clever, funny and very witty. I enjoyed it a lot. I think I got burned out from just how busy it felt. I had trouble following what and where the story was since it jumps around so much and a lot of different characters are introduced and it was hard for me to remember where I had left off when I started listening to it again.
The idea's in the book are very imaginative. And it's weird how it's actually kind of scary thinking about if this kind of stuff really is happening in some small town place and none of us would even know about it.
There were a lot of things I wanted to remember about the book; the first few lines really grabbed my attention, but I didn't remember them until I had finished listening to the book and it started over at the beginning and I let it keep going because I was 5 minutes away from work, might as well, right, instead of trying to find a good song on the radio before I have to get out of the car anyway. So I listen to it again and I remember how much I liked that beginning part.
Anyway, I give this book about 4 stars because it is a fun book. The narrator does a good job with all the different voices. I am not sure if I would have had a better time reading the book rather than listening to it, maybe I would have retained more.
I didn't realize this book was part of a series until today, when I came to review it. I might read (or listen) to the 2nd one if I find is around.
I got to about 28% of this book and just couldn't go any further, which is quite disappointing sense all the reviews (for the most part) that I read w...moreI got to about 28% of this book and just couldn't go any further, which is quite disappointing sense all the reviews (for the most part) that I read were 4-5 ★'s. I feel had I been in a younger catageory, this book would have been better, or maybe if I hadn't been exposed to books that were must, much better, then I would have been ok to wade through the rest of this book.
While Meghan, the protagonist, isn't your typical whiny female chatacter, but that doesn't mean she doesn't make stupid mistakes; but all books need that I guess to have "exciting parts" of the book.
I guess my main issue with this book is that it is in first person, but I never feel like I am seeing things from her persepective or feel the danger or excitement. Everything is so rushed and by the time one thing has happened, she just right on to the next thing. Everything is being taken in stride and she's not surprised by things, which just seems unrealistic (even though this is "not real", it should still try hard to FEEL real.)
I have been burned before by saying to myself "well, I guess I will just finish this because I already started it..." because I get scared I might miss something good. This time, I think I will just cut my losses and go onto a better book. Maybe one day I will pick this up from where it left off, but for now, it's going into the pile of unfinished reads.(less)