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Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

11735983 Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: May 1, 2012 by HarperCollins
Series: #2 (Divergent)
Length: 525 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.”


Although I did not love Insurgent as much as Divergent, I think it is a great sequel! I love how it is still filled with action, and the character development was awesome. There are new characters in this book, and I love how we got to know them really well. Tris and Four really changed in this book due to their situations. I kind of did not like Four/Tobias in this book because he often did not trust Tris.

What I also liked about Insurgent is that we get to visit the different factions, and meet the citizens of these factions. I thought it was pretty cool how I was able to compare and contrast the way these people thought (since, you know, they live in different factions). The way each faction thought was pretty interesting.

The romance was all right. I thought the story was focused more on the action than the romance which is more than fine for me. Overall it was a great read although I have some unanswered questions that hopefully Allegiant (the final book of the trilogy) will answer.

4 of 5

Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

13112869 Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: September 24th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Length: 320 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.


If you’re thinking this book is action packed with lots of gory descriptions, killing, and blood…I’m sorry, you are wrong. That’s what I was expecting too. Instead, this book is about survival and staying low-key. Not a Drop to Drink disappointed me a bit because I was really hoping for lots of action scenes with lots of blood since people are fighting for water. The protagonist, Lynn, is the only one with a house that has a pond at the backyard of her house. Since there’s not enough water to suffice everyone in this dystopian world, people are trying to get into Lynn’s property.

The characters were okay for me; I didn’t really feel close to them, and I feel like I was just reading and not being with them if that makes sense. I did not feel like I was part of their world. I guess I was just shocked that this book was focused on drama instead of something action packed like The Hunger Games. However, I do like the relationship between Lynn and her mother. I love how Lynn’s mother have high hopes and she isn’t a mother who’s like “BS this BS that there ain’t no water. Peace! *Shoots herself*”. Instead, her mother is really kick ass and ready to kill whoever tries to raid their house and pond. Overall, I do like the concept of having a world where there is not a lot of water left. I just think the world building could have been developed more. The story focused just on Lynn’s story, and we don’t really get to know much of what’s going on outside of Lynn’s situation except that people are looking for more water.

3.5 of 5

Review: Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi

10756656 Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: January 3, 2012 by HarperCollins
Series: #1 (Under the Never Sky)
Length: 376 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered.

This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland–known as The Death Shop–are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild–a savage–and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile–everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.”


Under the Never Sky was an interesting read, but I do have mixed feelings for it. I just found the first 100 pages very slow paced which made me bored at times. It was an interesting read because there are two wolds in the book. There is the Reverie where everything is perfect, and there is The Death Shop where there is always this storm called an Aether. The people who live in the ‘perfect’ world are called the Dwellers and the people who live in the Death Shop are called the Outsiders. The story is told in two point of views, but it is written in 3rd person. We follow Aria who is a Dweller and Peregrine (a.k.a Perry) who is an Outsider.

Fortunately, the story did pick up and got better after those 100 pages. My favorite characters would have to be Roar and Perry. Roar and Perry are best friends, and Roar is going through an expedition to find Liv, a girl who he loves which is Perry’s sister.  I also love the relationship that Talon and Perry shares. Talon is Perry’s nephew, and he’s just a cute little kid! My least favorite character is Aria because I just find her having a flat personality. I guess she was okay.

Overall it was a great read though I had some downs while reading it. Honestly, I do feel a bit disappointed because I heard lots of spectacular things about this book, but for me it turned out all right. It did not wow me or anything and I was expecting to be mind blown, but I wasn’t.

3 of 5

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