Archive for the 'Dystopian' Category

Review: Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

17383918 Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: October 22, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Series: #3 (Divergent)
Length: 526 pages
Source: Bought

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

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I have mixed feelings for this book, but for the most part I did enjoy reading Allegiant. I’ll start off with what I did not like. I understand why Veronica did the dual point of view with Tris and Tobias and I DO like it, but what I did not like is how they sounded so similar. Even though at the beginning of the chapter it says who’s narrating it, it still gets confusing especially if you decide to stop reading in the middle of the chapter then continue to read it later on. Also I think Allegiant has a much slower pace compared to Divergent and Insurgent maybe because of our questions finally being answered since it’s the finale, but nonetheless I still managed to fly through this book (not as quickly as I did for Divergent & Insurgent though). Also I thought the “big revelation” was a bit anticlimactic..like the explanation made sense, but I thought “oh okay…that’s it?” I was looking for something more, but I’m glad that it did made sense.

Now on to the things I loved. I really loved the character developments especially with Four. I also like the themes presented in this book which are love, sacrifice, friendship, and of course bravery. Believe it or not, I really like what happens in the end. I already know the big bang that happens before going into it because someone spoiled me on Instagram, but I do like it because it makes sense since the trilogy is about being brave and selfless. I actually cried in some parts of the book which I rarely do because I’m not a crier when it comes to reading books, but this one just made me so sad for all the characters. Overall I highly recommend you to read this because it is one of those books that will make you feel all the feels and a book that will leave an impact on you in so many ways.

4 of 5

Review: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

7260188 Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: August 24, 2010 by Scholastic Press
Series: #3 (The Hunger Games)
Length: 390 pages
Source: bought

“My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.”

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Mockingjay was such a depressing read especially when you get to the second half of the book. Although it was a great end to the trilogy, it is my least favorite out of the whole trilogy. I do not think this book was bad, but compared to the first two books, this was less action packed and exciting. This book is told from Katniss’s point of view like the rest of the books in the trilogy, and is divided up into three parts. The action scenes did not really start until the second half of the book which were crazy! That is all I’m going to say. My mouth was literally hanging from all the unpredictable twists.

There weren’t a lot of romance scenes compared to the first two books which I am glad because if I were in a revolution, finding a mate is the last thing I’d do. I’m kind of in between about Collin’s writing style because some of her wordings and descriptions were really confusing. It was hard to picture what was happening in some of the action scenes, yet I love Katniss’s propaganda lines. Her line “if we burn, you burn with us!” sent me chills. It was so good and just shows how Katniss is a true leader since she will do anything to bring Snow down.

For the characters, they were perfectly written as always. I love how we got to know more about Finnick and Gale in this book because we didn’t really get to know them during the first two books. Effie and Haymitch were just hilarious in this book. Like I said, this book was depressing, but those two characters made the situation light at times. There were, of course, amazing character development with Katniss, Peeta, Prim, and the other Hunger Games tributes. I think that’s the best part of this book. They have changed a lot and Collin did a fantastic job making the characters so realistic. Like, if I were in their condition, I would probably do the same thing. There are other new characters in this book that I was immediately attached to which I think is great because I think it’s very difficult for an author to write a character and have the reader immediately be attached to that character.

Overall Mockingjay was a fantastic, action-packed conclusion to the trilogy. It is definitely worth the money and read. There are a lot of mystery, thrill, and tears.

4 of 5

 

Review: The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex #1) by Lindsay Cummings

13576132 Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: June 10, 2014 by Greenwillow Books
Series: #1 (The Murder Complex)
Length: 400 pages
Source: Greenwillow (ARC)

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

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The Murder Complex is a fast-paced, dystopian book about Meadow Woodson who is trained to kill and fight by her father. I have mixed feelings for this book because of the world building. I understand that there are Leeches, Gravers, and Pirates that roam around the society to punish those who chooses to disobey the commandments, but what I cannot picture is the world. It was hard to imagine it because I think the author was focusing more on the action scenes than the world. The other thing I did not like about The Murder Complex is how the two main characters, Meadow and Zephyr, sound so much alike! This book has alternating view points so it was hard to distinguish which character was narrating even if the first page of the chapter says Zephyr/Meadow was narrating. Also, I noticed that the author tends to be redundant at times.

What I loved about this book though, are the action scenes. There were a lot of blood scenes which will make it hard for you to put down the book. Some scenes also reminded me of The Hunger Games and Divergent. I also like how there were a lot of plot twists right off the beginning. This is the type of book where you won’t pay attention to what chapter you are at because you just want to keep on reading! I was actually surprised to see the acknowledgements page because I wasn’t aware that I was already reading the last chapter. I also liked the romance during the 2nd half of the book because at first it was kind of insta-lovey. Overall I recommend it to those who loves reading dystopian books or books with a lot of twists and action!

3.5 of 5


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