**spoiler alert** I'm not really sure what I think of this book. It was highly recommended to me by many people. So many people said how this is one o**spoiler alert** I'm not really sure what I think of this book. It was highly recommended to me by many people. So many people said how this is one of the greatest sci fi books ever written.
I really enjoyed most of this book. The author did a great job creating a fantastically rich world with characters that are deep and well-developed. I enjoyed reading about the Fremen and their dream of transforming the desert. I enjoyed how Paul's transformation unfolded. It was very well done overall.
However, I felt something was missing from this book. The battle scenes they spent much of the book leading up to were unsatisfying and short-lived. The ultimate confrontation at the end was mostly predictable and lacked enough tension and resolution. The book ended fairly abruptly without much satisfaction.
Perhaps I missed something, but I just didn't get "it."
I might still continue to read the next few books, but not for a while.
**spoiler alert** I was really disappointed by this book. It branched out a little too far from what made the first book such a success. I was bored m**spoiler alert** I was really disappointed by this book. It branched out a little too far from what made the first book such a success. I was bored most of the book, since Allegiant doesn't have as much suspense as the previous books. What's worse is I actually stopped caring about the characters because they felt so bland or forced in this book.
**spoilers** I was really excited when they left the city and explored what was beyond the fence. I was captivated to learn about the experiment and the Bureau. But shortly thereafter the story started to drag. When they introduced the GP/GD conflict, I mentally rolled my eyes and thought "not ANOTHER revolution plot line." I just didn't care about those characters or that conflict.
I was also not invested in what was happening in the city. It's like they forgot about the conflict there for about 60% of the book, then they reintroduced it at the end as if it was the big climax of the book. Again, I didn't feel emotionally invested in the characters or story here, so I really did not care what happened here.
I also did not like how the narration switched from Tobias to Tris nearly every chapter. I felt it was too distracting and it deviated too far from the narration style of the previous books. That is one of the reasons I was not as invested in Tris' character as I was with the other books. It was to the point where her fate at the end didn't impact me emotionally (but it did surprise me).
Overall, I felt this was a lousy book. I couldn't help but shake the feeling like this was hastily thrown together so they could make a movie trilogy to compete with the Hunger Games. This series is nowhere near as good as that trilogy....more
In some ways, this book was better. In other ways it was clearly worse. I like how there was less "does he like me?" romance. I understand this is meaIn some ways, this book was better. In other ways it was clearly worse. I like how there was less "does he like me?" romance. I understand this is meant for young adults (and young girls probably more specifically), but novels that I believe are universally appealing to both genders shouldn't have as much as the first book had. This book also explained the world a bit more, and the "factionless" played a large role.
I was not entirely satisfied with how little they revealed about what is "beyond the fence." I understand they were playing to have a trilogy, but it was a little too obvious they were holding back specific parts of the Divergent world so they could stretch the story out.
Overall, this was a decent book. It's not as exciting as some other young adult trilogies, but it has my attention...more
This was a fascinating book. I really enjoyed the world Veronica Roth created here. I like the idea of a post modern world divided into factions. BeinThis was a fascinating book. I really enjoyed the world Veronica Roth created here. I like the idea of a post modern world divided into factions. Being from Chicago myself, I also like the storytelling over the backdrop of that city in ruins.
The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 was because of the cheesy love stories. There were a few parts where I felt like I was reading chick lit, but overall it was a great adventure story.
One insignificant thing I noticed was how many hot flashes the protagonist got. Every time she was angry, afraid, or shy, her cheeks got how. She's only a teenager. Maybe she should have a doctor take a look at that....more
I read very few books where I enjoy the movie better. This is one of those books. I felt the movie did a better job of tying together the theme that wI read very few books where I enjoy the movie better. This is one of those books. I felt the movie did a better job of tying together the theme that we are all connected throughout time, and that certain actions in one time can cause giant ripples in future times.
I found the first half of the book very difficult to read due to the shifting writing styles and terminology. It seemed that once I adjusted to the style and vocabulary, the book cut over to the next novel. The first few were difficult to get into, but once I crossed the halfway point it got much more interesting.
To be fair, the author did an excellent job of mimicking six different writing styles and types of novels. Each one independently would not have been that hard to read, but the bouncing around made it difficult to follow. The first section literally cuts off mid sentence (to simulate a book torn in half that is found by a character in the subsequent novel), and by the time I got back around to the story at the end of the book I couldn't remember the scenario or the players because there was no mention of them whatsoever in between.
Overall, it was a relatively entertaining book. Like I said, the second half was better than the first half. Still, if it hadn't been for the movie, I would not have read that far. Hence the 3 star rating....more
**spoiler alert** This was my first graphic novel. I have never been big into comic books, but my friend at work suggested I read this anyway. I reall**spoiler alert** This was my first graphic novel. I have never been big into comic books, but my friend at work suggested I read this anyway. I really did enjoy this book. It was very complex with many different characters and back stories. It was also very dark and gloomy, in an end of the world sort of way.
The only thing I really didn't like about this book was that it ended really abruptly. It spent the whole book going through the histories of all the characters and building up to something big, but they really jerked it at the end and finished it sort of weird.
If you like superhero/costumed vigilante stories, then you'd probably like this book. I can't wait to see the movie....more
This was a very humorous and entertaining book. Douglas Adams takes you through the galaxy and the space-time continuum in this odd sci-fi classic. HeThis was a very humorous and entertaining book. Douglas Adams takes you through the galaxy and the space-time continuum in this odd sci-fi classic. He tends to make up the rules as he goes along, completely ignoring any conventional fiction, or even sci-fi, elements that most readers take for granted. For example, everyone knows that man can't fly unless he has a machine or some super power. Well, in Adams' world, anyone can fly, you just have to fail to hit the ground. Sounds pretty simple, right?
My main criticism of this book is that sometimes it can really jump around. At times, it is difficult to make out the main plot and determine where the story is going. I guess that is because this book is basically a compilation of ongoing radio segments as opposed to a work that was written with a specific end in mind.
Also, while I found his humor to be really hilarious, it grew tiresome after a while. I had to stop halfway through this book, read something else, and then come back to it. Otherwise, I might not have made it through all 800 pages.
Regardless, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes space-based humor....more
**spoiler alert** I'm not quite sure what to make of this book. The overall concept and story were pretty decent, but it was really hard to swallow in**spoiler alert** I'm not quite sure what to make of this book. The overall concept and story were pretty decent, but it was really hard to swallow in many places. For example, I know there is a certain amount of suspension of disbelief that you need to maintain when reading fiction, especially sci-fi novels. But the main character, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, went from being a caveman-like hunter/tribesman with little knowledge of math, science, etc and within a matter of a few years he became an expert pilot, electrician, combat general, politician, etc. Jonnie seemed untouchable and that he could do everything.
In general, the story doesn't flow very well and the author waited sometimes several chapters to explain events and the background of the story. The randomness of the story makes me wonder if L Ron Hubbard had ADD or something....more
The first half of this book really captivated me and held my interest. There's that whole little guy against the machine feeling. The ending sort of dThe first half of this book really captivated me and held my interest. There's that whole little guy against the machine feeling. The ending sort of disappointed me because it started to get really weird.
This is still a really good book, and I would recommend it to everyone. I was supposed to read it in high school, but I didn't like to read back then. I wish I had read it because I'm glad I read it now. ...more