Divergent

So, I tried another dystopian YA after Maze Runner and score! I think Divergent is my favorite read so far this year! It might be a first person present tense book (boooo!) but I really liked it.

The main reason I didn’t like The Hunger Games is I felt like I related to Katiness too much, which is weird you would think that would make me like it more, but it turns out I like characters better when they are not at all like me and make decisions I would never make, therefore surprising me. Tris is nothing like me, but I feel like we would be good friends in real life.

The way this world is set up into five fractions seems kind of stereotypical and puts all those people in box, but sometimes I can see where this is kinda realistic, although I (hope) people are a little more diverse than these “types” and how they are “expected” to act. Maybe that makes me divergent lol. That being said I totally relate to Amity the most even those Tris seems to like them the least of all sans the Erudite who have always been aviaries of her former faction which she leaves.

Spoiler alert (although this happens pretty early on in the book) she ends up choosing to go to the Dauntless faction and this faction makes no sense to me at all. They all seem like adrenaline junkies who egg each other on to do dangerous things. I believe Tris does mention it once in the book, that the factions must have started differently and them morphed into what it is now and I really hope that’s the case or the world building here isn’t very strong.

Ok it might seem like I didn’t like this book much, but I really did (or I just haven’t made good book choices this year IDK) and I really liked Tris and that she is willing to make friends and be loyal to them. I hate these books where the MC feels like she has to be a lone wolf and shuns anyone who tries to get close to her bleh. The teen romance was cliche, but I guess that’s expected in a YA.

I also liked the twists and turns in this book that had me wondering what was going on behind the scenes between the factions and how Tris was going to keep herself safe or those close to her.

I bought the next book in the series Insurgent and can’t wait to start it!

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Maze Runner

Since dystopian is my favorite genre I bought a few from half priced books. Typically, I’ve found that when it comes to dystopian I actually prefer adult over YA, but some times YA surprises me.

Unfortunately, I feel that Maze Runner fell a little short for me. I liked the feeling it gave where we are with Thomas and wondering whats going on. That was the intriguing part…until it wasn’t any more. It turns out each boy’s memory has been wiped. We are trying to figure out what is happening along with Thomas. Why is he here with a group of boys in the “Glades” surrounded by a large maze that opens up during the day and closes at night with weird deadly monsters within?

He keeps wondering if this is some type of punishment? The very few boys who have snippets of their memories come back keep saying terrible things have happened. I kept wondering too if these boy were being punished for some reason.

The most annoying part of this books is that no one is willing to tell Thomas jack squat! He is in the mist of a Lord of the Flies scenario, except this society of boys is much more functional and each one has a specific job and some sense of respect for each other. So you would think to keep up this strong group mentality that the boys would be more than willing to catch him up to speed so he can merge into their culture and become a viable contributing member, but no. They keep him in the dark for as long as they possibly can, which became frustrating quickly. Once in a blue moon there would be a handy tidbit of information, but there was never enough. I understand the boys were all confused as to why they were there and for the most part couldn’t remember their pasts, but not explaining what they did know, just made no sense at all.

I did like Thomas’ character and could relate to him. I thought there were several great characters. He was stubborn, but a good leader.

This book did have enough twists it kept me going until the end.

I watched the movie after I finished the book and I have to say, for once I liked the movie much better. I think I’ll stick to the movies instead of reading the rest of the series. The movies did what the books didn’t and therefore were more enjoyable.

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Gathering Blue

Gathering Blue is the sequel to The Giver. If you have read my review of The Giver or many of my book tags you will know up until I read Eleanor and Park this year The Giver had been my favorite book since sixth grade. So, my husband bought me the sequel when he found out there was one.

Unfortunately, this book was really absolutely nothing like The Giver. In fact after reading it it seems like these two books aren’t even in the same universe.

This book is about a remote village in a forest and the way the elders make the rules. It felt more like The Village by M. Night Shyamalan than The Giver.

The main character is Kira, who is physically disabled and usually the disabled in this village are shunned, but because of who her mother was (who died) she isn’t abandoned by the village. She also has a talent in weaving and the book focuses a lot on her weaving, which I found very boring.

The title of this book is about Kira gathering a blue color she uses in her weaving. Her friend Matty is a messenger and one of the only people who will talk to her with her disability. He was way more interesting than Kira and the sequel is about him, which is a good idea because there is really not any interesting thing going on with Kira. This book was sadly very boring to me.

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Safe

I can’t believe I read this all in one day! I was sick in bed so that helped. I love dystopian and this book by Dawn Housted did not disappoint. It was fast paced and kept me interested on each page. The three main characters are Penny, James, and Lucan and I loved them all and they are all so different from each other. I truly cared for each character, even when they did something wrong.
One of my favorite things about Safe is the world that Husted crafted. It’s very different from our own and at times very scary once Penny learns the true background behind the town she grew up in. People are born with ‘vines’ where their veins are black and show up throughout their body. The more vines a person has the stronger they are. A Perimeter is set up around the island they live in so infected people without vines can’t get in. That in returns means they can’t get out. But some babies are born without them and are thought to be infected and spreading the disease, but are they? I can’t wait to read more by this author, I really love her writing style.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19547736-safe

FIVE-STARS

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