I am obsessed with the idea of what happens to someone after they die. So, when I saw this book, I had to snatch it up, and I am glad I did! It was veI am obsessed with the idea of what happens to someone after they die. So, when I saw this book, I had to snatch it up, and I am glad I did! It was very interesting to be in the minds of teenagers after they have died, and to bear witness to their raw emotion.
I felt as if some of the plot was forced at times (like the love interests/triangle), and the ending was very quick and not very fulfilling. That's not to say it was bad, because it wasn't, but I guess I was wanting some huge GOTCHA moment, and I didn't get it, and that was kind of a bummer.
All-in-all, though, I'd totally recommend this book to others. I'm going to put it in my classroom library for my students to read. :)...more
I don't usually read contemporaries, so, I was a little bit skeptical when I first picked up this book. I didn't see the movie, but I was intrigued byI don't usually read contemporaries, so, I was a little bit skeptical when I first picked up this book. I didn't see the movie, but I was intrigued by the trailer, so I trotted on down to my local bookstore and bought it. I am glad I did. I was so hooked, that I binge read it in two days while at the beach (it could have maybe been one day, but I have a baby to attend to).
It was very witty, snarky, but beautifully written. The language is gorgeous, and I loved all the little sayings that were repeated through the book. I love the idea of the "universe wanting to be acknowledged" and the fact that humans beings want to be acknowledged by the universe.
I also liked the themes surrounding death, the finality of death, and the radical acceptance that there are some things that happen in our lives that we have absolutely no control over, and it is up to us to accept it for what it is. I have personally watched family members perish from cancer, and it is not glorious, and it is not beautiful, and it's definitely not fair. Green approaches this concept gingerly, and although heartbreaking, the truth is stark and real and something that must be read....more
I am not outraged by the ending, like it seems half the planet is. I think that Roth stayed true to her charI am going to keep this short and simple.
I am not outraged by the ending, like it seems half the planet is. I think that Roth stayed true to her characters and let the character decide the ending. She didn't think about what would have been popular or not, she allowed the characters to show her the way -- and it takes a strong author to do that.
But, I was pretty upset about the dual POV change, mostly because I think if you open the book at any page, you can't tell who is speaking, Tobias or Tris. Their voices seemed to be eerily similar, and it took away from Tobias' character. He was much more diverse and dimensional from Tris' POV, and when we got to see inside of his head and listen to his thoughts...he became less of Tobias for me. I didn't feel like I did for him before until the Epilogue, when his voice changes so much and matches more of who he was in Divergent and Insurgent than how he was in Allegiant.
That was my hang up: the style, but not the meat of the book. The ending is beautiful and resonates long after the book is closed. ...more
As a teacher who teaches The Giver every year, I am a little disappointed that the ambiguity of the ending, and Lowry's passion for letting the readerAs a teacher who teaches The Giver every year, I am a little disappointed that the ambiguity of the ending, and Lowry's passion for letting the reader interpret as they will, was spoiled by Son. At the same time, Son was a very good read, and I do like what has become of the characters that we know from The Giver. It was nice to see them again, as well as to experience different cultures and communities that challenge the very nature of humanity. ...more
DIVERGENT is a great story about a young woman, Beatrice, who has chosen to break away from her family and her faction in order to pursue a life withDIVERGENT is a great story about a young woman, Beatrice, who has chosen to break away from her family and her faction in order to pursue a life with values that are different from those she was taught as a child. In doing this, Beatrice takes on a new identity and a new way of life that challenges everything she thought she knew, and teaches her hard lessons that she never thought she’d have to learn. That’s all I’m going to give you, for fear of spoiling anything fun!
I appreciated DIVERGENT on many levels, both as a writer and as a teacher of teenagers. Firstly, the writing is simply beautiful. There were some sentences that moved me to the point of tears, because they were so well-crafted and full of emotion. I closed the book and literally cried because I was so touched by the characters and their stories. This is also why I am relieved that DIVERGENT has a sequel, INSURGENT, that I am going to buy ASAP.
Most of all, though, I appreciate the absolute rawness of DIVERGENT. Although dystopian, Roth still manages to plunge her readers into a world that is still very familiar to us. Though the surroundings might have changed, and the Chicago of DIVERGENT is nothing like the Chicago of today, the stories of these teenagers remains much the same. Beatrice has to learn how to deal with becoming her own person while standing out from everyone else around her. She has to learn to hide certain values that she was taught in the past by her own parents, in order to adopt the lifestyle of complete strangers. Beatrice finds out that love isn’t easy, and neither is friendship. Most of all, she learns that being selfless is not quite different from being brave – which is the most important lesson I took away from this book. It is such a touching theme that Roth has woven into other themes that readers can identify with.
I highly recommend this book, and I am going out to buy INSURGENT immediately. ...more
I have nothing but praise for DeStefano’s FEVER, which has surpassed my expectations (which were already high!) for the second book of her Chemical G I have nothing but praise for DeStefano’s FEVER, which has surpassed my expectations (which were already high!) for the second book of her Chemical Garden series. FEVER is just that, a fever and a whirlwind that is both dizzying and addictive. Rhine’s adventure out of the mansion kept me turning the pages, and I could not get enough of each new setting and character, each one ever more vivid than the next.
FEVER is not at all one of those “second” books that drags on until the third installment. DeStefano keeps her readers engaged through a world filled with imagination mixed with startling and brutal truth. I highly recommend FEVER for the avid dystopian reader, and for those who like to see their society challenged. Don’t pass up this book – it’s honesty is worth the read. ...more
This book was an impulse buy on my part. I saw it sitting pretty on the shelf, and after reading the cover, I thought that it was just my type of readThis book was an impulse buy on my part. I saw it sitting pretty on the shelf, and after reading the cover, I thought that it was just my type of reading. I even did a major no-no and put my other ‘currently reading’ books aside so that I could read this one. I don’t regret the decisions.
WITHER is truly remarkable. Rhine is a wonderfully-developed and well-written young heroine who has been captured and forced to become a bride along with two other young women. In a world where men die when they are twenty-five and women die when they are twenty, the rules of society have changed in order to sustain humanity, and Rhine finds herself caught in the middle of the game when all she really wants is to find her way back to her twin brother, Rowen. During her stay in her new home, she meets a house servant, Gabriel, and together they forge a plan to escape their lives of servitude and make their way back into the free world.
WITHER felt truly dystopian and not recycled or reused. It had a fresh concept that lends to much internal conflict which DeStefano has masterfully woven throughout her novel. I can’t wait for the next installment, FEVER, to come out. As an author, I appreciate WITHER on not only a storytelling level, but on a crafting level as well. I hope you also pick it up and put aside your other readings in favor of this one....more
A great take on Marie Antoinette's heartbreaking and difficult life. This fresh point of view is both eye-opening and human, showing us the truths behA great take on Marie Antoinette's heartbreaking and difficult life. This fresh point of view is both eye-opening and human, showing us the truths behind the often misunderstood saga of the last queen of France. ...more