**spoiler alert** This was a really hard one to rate. The first few chapters of the book were four stars or higher, since I really enjoyed the initial**spoiler alert** This was a really hard one to rate. The first few chapters of the book were four stars or higher, since I really enjoyed the initial worldbuilding and concepts. But then, after the initial introduction to the initiation trials, things started to drag quite a bit (the author seemed to skip things to keep to a decent page limits, but the things that were skipped seemed like some of the most interesting parts). But the ending was really strong, and made me want to jump right into the next book (despite dreading the inevitable 'oh goodness, more dull character interaction that nobody cares about, not even the characters themselves' since this time, at least it has the possibility of including the trauma of all the deaths from the end of Divergent finally catching up to the characters).
On top of the book's rollarcoaster attempts at keeping my interest, it had a lot of unexpected triggers (tw: sexual assault, suicide, murder, gore, kidnapping, mind control, dv warning signs, child abuse), which seemed to hit one right after another during some of the least expected moments. This book was recommended to me because I loved The Hunger Games, by someone who should have known to warn for triggers, so the fact that she hadn't and there were so many really didn't help. I struggled to continue with the book, afraid that at any moment one of the really bad triggers would hit and I'd be left having issues for some time.
I also wasn't a huge fan of the romance between Four/Tobias and Tris. I suppose, considering the really cruddy environment and all of the stress she was under, it makes sense that Tris would cling to Tobias/Four. But even at the very end, when we discover for sure that he's Divergent, they still don't seem to have much going for them (and I can't get over some of the initial creeper lines that Four had around Tris). It grew on me after a bit, and I liked her choice to defend him to his father, but it still wasn't a relationship that I could see myself rooting for unless some major character growth happens in the next few books.
In the end, I was glad that I read it, and will most likely be reading the sequel. I won't be running out asap to read it, but I'll probably add it to my to-read pile and see where things go from there.
Liked the horror scenes, and the choice of monster for the villain. I also enjoyed the initial baddie, the Harpies, because they were really interestiLiked the horror scenes, and the choice of monster for the villain. I also enjoyed the initial baddie, the Harpies, because they were really interesting. Beyond that, I was really irritated with the rape scenes, the male violence (directed at women), and the (again) frequent death and villinization of women. Sure, we had a single good female character in the entire story, but it didn't being to make up for all of the dead, raped, and evil ones.
As for Sam, Dean, and Bobby, I loved them all in this. We got a nice peek into Bobby's life as a hunter and some of his other friends and associates, as well as seeing Dean struggling to deal with his problems and overwhelming feelings of failure. We also got some cute cat+Dean scenes.
I wanted to hug Sam because of his Luci moments, and how hard he was struggling and trying despite them.
Overall, it was a bit like the show - rapey, disrespectful towards women, but with cool choices of baddies and awesome MCs. ...more
It was a fun introduction to the world and characters, and I really enjoyed the cliffhanger and how I was curious about what was going to happen next.It was a fun introduction to the world and characters, and I really enjoyed the cliffhanger and how I was curious about what was going to happen next. The old-school art style and mannerisms of the characters made it even more fun. Though (and I'm not sure if it happens in this issue or one of the later ones), the repeated attempts at sexual assault on Amethyst (who is a woman in Gemworld but a 13yo on Earth) really squicked me out. ...more
**spoiler alert** My book group picked this as one of our October reads, so I picked it up for that purpose. I also, thankfully, got the book used, so**spoiler alert** My book group picked this as one of our October reads, so I picked it up for that purpose. I also, thankfully, got the book used, so I didn't waste too much money on it.
To be honest, it started almost as if it were a more realistic version of the traditional story - the girl sees a talking rabbit, while she'd been resting in the garden, and figures she's dreaming. I thought that was cute and something that I could see happening to pretty much every girl.
But it all goes downhill from there. She's abducted by someone who's "in love" with her, gets sexually harassed by him and many of the others in Wonderland (where "everyone will love her"). She also ends up constantly being in the midst of violence that terrifies her and makes no sense (which I'll give a bit of leeway to, since it IS an Alice in Wonderland retelling).
She's essentially being held in Wonderland as a prisoner, since when she arrived, the rabbit forced her to drink some medicine from a vial by drinking it himself and kissing her against her will, and pushing the medicine into her mouth. Because she then ingested it, she's told she's stuck there until she meets enough people to get the vial full of her emotions again. Blech.
We're also supposed to be figuring out what each character represents in her subconscious, but since we're given so very little information about her, we can't possibly figure out more than the obvious one that Alice explains vaguely to us in the beginning. So after awhile, it just got frustrating and more about the Wonderland characters than her psyche.
And I'm sorry, but kidnapping what appears to be a teenager, forcing yourself on her, having multiple people want to seduce her (some against her will), and then finding out that some also want to kill her is just kinda icky, for me.
After reading it, I found out from someone in the book group (She-Geeks) that it had another storyline before this one, and that all of the manga were based on a game. The additional information was interesting, but not enough for me to want to continue reading this series, since it just seemed too full of sexual harassment for my tastes....more
This book starts with a bang, and keeps the jumps and jolts coming through the first half of the book. Somewhere around the middle things started to bThis book starts with a bang, and keeps the jumps and jolts coming through the first half of the book. Somewhere around the middle things started to become monotonous, and by the end I was left thinking, "Seriously? THAT's how they stop it?"
Still, the book did great on issues of diversity, and had enough scares and tension that I actually started biting my nails again when I started reading it. Good zombie story, and an interesting "zombie origins" concept. ...more