Meh. It was okay. I had some serious issues with this book.
1. If you are going to have two characters trade off telling the story, then they should a...moreMeh. It was okay. I had some serious issues with this book.
1. If you are going to have two characters trade off telling the story, then they should at least have different voices, so that the reader can tell them apart. Yes, I know she tells us at the beginning of each chapter who is telling the story, but let's be honest -- "Tris" and "Tobias" look pretty similar when you are skimming a page. I kid you not, at one point I was at least two pages in to a chapter thinking it was Tris who was speaking, and then it turned out it was Tobias. I had no idea. Writing characters with different voices is not that hard. But Tris and Tobias might as well have been the same person.
2. Wow, that genetically pure vs. genetically damaged thing sure did come out of nowhere! Who cares that the people in the city are on the verge of killing each other? We can talk in vague terms about biologic concepts that very few people understand, so that will allow us to get super-crazy with them. I still don't get how the whole genetically pure vs. genetically damaged thing works. And why are the Divergent genetically pure? I try to figure it out but it just makes my brain hurt because the whole thing makes no logical sense. It's like the author didn't know what to do with the people in the city anymore, so she just made up this whole genetics plot line out of the blue. And you can tell. I'm just not sure what she was trying to do here.
3. ******MAJOR SPOILER******
Tris dies. So does Uriah. And so does the girl who worked in the tattoo parlor (whose name I can't remember right now). (less)
**spoiler alert** So, I read this book in like 3 days, and didn't have time to write a review of it right away. Then I was gone for awhile, then I was...more**spoiler alert** So, I read this book in like 3 days, and didn't have time to write a review of it right away. Then I was gone for awhile, then I was really busy, etc, etc, etc. Now I don't really remember what happened. From reading some of the other reviews, and from talking to a friend about it yesterday, I guess the answer was not a whole lot. I do remember Tris being imprisoned at Erudite headquarters, getting betrayed by her brother... I vaguely remember the battle to oust Jeanine Matthews, and then the whole factionless vs. factions debate at the end.
And what is the deal with Peter? Now there is an interesting character. Maybe Veronica Roth should write a spin-off series about him. Also, is it weird that I was sad when Fernando died?(less)
Well, when I originally finished this book last night, I gave it 4 stars, but I just knocked it down to 3. Maybe 3.5. Because I remembered how hard it...moreWell, when I originally finished this book last night, I gave it 4 stars, but I just knocked it down to 3. Maybe 3.5. Because I remembered how hard it was for me to get into this book when I first started it. It seemed kind of slow-starting, and I remember just being annoyed with the main character. She was irritating to me. I guess I just felt like she had a pretty decent life and didn't get why she was complaining. But whatever. I put that aside and just got on with the rest of the book. I'll admit to being bored with pretty much the entire first half of the book. All the combat training and stuff that she was doing as a Dauntless initiate wasn't that interesting to me. It really got interesting to me when the rest of the plot between the Erudite and Dauntless started to be revealed. And of course the little romance didn't hurt either. So the last half of the book went pretty quickly for me. I'm planning to read the next 2 in the trilogy... gotta see what happens next!(less)
Changes for Felicity is a nice wrap-up to Felicity's story. In the winter of 1776, Felicity's mother has just had a baby; Penny, Felicity's horse, is...moreChanges for Felicity is a nice wrap-up to Felicity's story. In the winter of 1776, Felicity's mother has just had a baby; Penny, Felicity's horse, is expecting a foal in the spring; and tensions continue to build towards war between Britain and the colonies. Grandfather comes to visit again and becomes ill. Felicity and her friend Elizabeth decide to show some kindness to an old enemy.
I guess I really enjoyed this book because, as Felicity's mother tells her, it shows how much she has grown up over the course of a year. She's more thoughtful and less hot-headed, I guess. In this book, she learns some important lessons about forgiveness and kindness to others. It's a good ending to the series.(less)
In Felicity Saves the Day, Felicity, her mother, and her brother and sister go to Grandfather's plantation to spend the summer. A lot of stuff happens...moreIn Felicity Saves the Day, Felicity, her mother, and her brother and sister go to Grandfather's plantation to spend the summer. A lot of stuff happens in this book. Felicity's beloved horse, Penny, turns up in a group of horses that a man is trying to sell to her grandfather. Grandfather buys Penny for Felicity with the understanding that Penny will stay at his plantation. Then one day she finds a note from Ben, her father's apprentice, who has run away to join George Washington's army. He has injured himself and needs her help. Felicity helps him for several days, until she finds out that her father has placed an ad looking for Ben and telling anyone who finds him not to harbor or help him. Then she struggles with whether she should continue to help him, or if she should tell her father where he is.
I enjoyed this book. It was fun to think about how much fun it must have been for Felicity on the plantation, playing outside and riding horses. I also liked how Felicity was faced with the decision of being true to her promise to Ben or obeying her father's wishes. While I was reading this book, I started imagining a little fan fiction where Ben comes back after the war to find Felicity to be an almost marriageable age, and they court and then get married. I'm a dork.(less)
In Happy Birthday, Felicity!, Felicity's grandfather is coming to stay with the Merrimans for awhile. He brings a pet lamb, Posie, for all of the chil...moreIn Happy Birthday, Felicity!, Felicity's grandfather is coming to stay with the Merrimans for awhile. He brings a pet lamb, Posie, for all of the children to take care of, and he brings Felicity a special gift for her birthday -- a beautiful guitar that belonged to her grandmother. Felicity is told not to take it out of the house; actually, she's not supposed to even take it out of the parlor, but she really wants to take it to her lessons and make Annabelle jealous, so one day when everyone is gone, that is exactly what she does. Except for then she accidentally leaves the guitar at the Coles' house where it gets rained on, and then she's in big trouble.
While she is retrieving her guitar from the Coles' house, she overhears a British officer talking to Mr. Cole about a plot to steal all of the colonists' gun powder from the Magazine and then blame it on a slave revolt. But when she tries to tell her family about what she heard, they are too upset with her about the guitar to believe what she has to say.
This is probably the weakest of all of Felicity's books for me. I did like how she does something that's very typical of a ten-year-old girl, like take something somewhere she wasn't supposed to and then forget about it. Pretty typical irresponsible kid stuff. But I don't know. Something about this book just didn't do it for me.(less)
In Felicity's Surprise, Felicity is invited to attend a dance lesson at the Royal Governor's Mansion during the holidays. When she learns that Elizabe...moreIn Felicity's Surprise, Felicity is invited to attend a dance lesson at the Royal Governor's Mansion during the holidays. When she learns that Elizabeth and Annabelle will both be wearing new gowns to the lesson, she wants a new dress too. Felicity's mother is super excited about this, because Felicity has never shown any interest in have a new gown before. So she buys some expensive blue silk and a pattern for a beautiful gown to make for Felicity.
However, with the busy-ness of the holidays, Felicity's mother is unable to work on the dress. Felicity gets worried that the dress won't be finished in time. Then her mother is taken ill after Christmas. She is bed-ridden for several days, and there is concern about whether she will even recover. Obviously, making Felicity's gown is placed on the back burner, and Felicity herself must spend a lot of time helping to take care of her mother and her younger sister and brother. Will Felicity's mother recover? Will Felicity's dress get finished? Will she get to attend the dance lesson?
This is a nice Christmas story because it has themes about realizing what is really important in life and also the importance of finding ways to serve and help others. In this book, I feel like Felicity grows even more as she has to put aside her own desires to help take care of other members of the family. It's a nice Christmas story, although most of the action takes place after the actual holiday.
I thought the little section at the back of this book was really interesting. Apparently in colonial times, presents weren't really exchanged on Christmas Day. Children might get presents on New Year's Day, but even then, they weren't extravagant gifts. Funny how things have changed!(less)
In Felicity Learns a Lesson, Felicity's parents announce that it is time for her to start attending lessons with Miss Manderley so that she can learn...moreIn Felicity Learns a Lesson, Felicity's parents announce that it is time for her to start attending lessons with Miss Manderley so that she can learn how to be a proper young lady. Felicity is not all that excited about it, because as we know, she doesn't really like doing inside things like sewing, penmanship, and the proper way to serve tea. However, when she gets there, she finds that there are two other girls there, sisters, one of whom is Felicity's age. Felicity and Elizabeth quickly become friends, but Felicity and the older sister, Annabelle, do not get along.
In the meantime, tensions are increasing between the British and the colonists. The colonists are angry about the king's tax on tea, and the Boston Tea Party occurs. Felicity's father decides to stop selling tea in his store.
Elizabeth and Annabelle's father is a Loyalist, meaning he is loyal to the king. This causes tension between Felicity and Annabelle, who already believes that the colonists are uncivilized. At her lessons, Felicity wonders what she should do because she feels she should not drink tea because of what her father believes.
I enjoyed this book because we start to see Felicity's own life be affected by the upcoming Revolutionary War, and we start to see her begin to make decisions about what she believes is right and how she can stay true to those beliefs and still be friends with those who don't feel the same way. It's a lesson in having respect for others while still being true to yourself.(less)
Felicity was always my favorite American Girl when I was a kid. I liked that she was from colonial America, and I liked that she had red hair and gree...moreFelicity was always my favorite American Girl when I was a kid. I liked that she was from colonial America, and I liked that she had red hair and green eyes. I always wanted red hair and green eyes.
About a month or so ago, I bought the six Felicity books on Ebay. Since I had fallen so far behind in my 2014 Reading Challenge, I decided what better way to catch up than by reading 6 short books, averaging about 75 pages each. I read the first 4 in one day.
In Meet Felicity, we are introduced to Felicity Merriman, who is nine years old and growing up in colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Although Felicity's mother would like her to settle down and learn to do more ladylike things, Felicity is a bit of a tomboy and is more interested in running around and playing outside. (Or "out of doors", as they always call it in the books. Made me laugh a little.) Felicity also loves horses. (Probably another draw for me as a child, as I also loved horses.)
One day, Felicity meets a beautiful horse. However, the horse belongs to Jiggy Nye, who is known for being a cruel master who beats his animals. Felicity falls in love with the horse and calls her Penny. As Jiggy has a difficult time taming Penny, Felicity hears him say that anyone who can ride the horse can have her. Of course Felicity takes this seriously, and so she gets up early every morning and goes to see Penny to try to tame her enough that she can ride her.
I love the American Girls series. When I was younger, I loved them because I liked history, and I liked learning about the way girls' lives were at different points in the past. I think the books are written well for the intended audience, and the illustrations are very nice as well. I also like how at the end of each book, they have a brief section that goes more into depth about how things were during that time period. I definitely recommend the American Girl books to any young girl.(less)