Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Books
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; dystopian
Source: Paperback – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

My Review:

I’ve read rave reviews about this book. And for some time now i’ve wanted to see for myself what made this book such a phenomenon. So, i went and bought said book. Also because i DID want to read it. I too, have fallen prey to the ‘chronic dystopian addiction disorder’.

When i say, ‘ i could not put this book down’, i do mean it. Divergent lived up to everything i imagined it to be and had heard about. You know how you go read a book because it was recommended to you and you’re a bit afraid because you don’t want to be let down. In all honesty, i did feel like that…a teensy bit. But so far, this year has given me fantastic books to read and Divergent gladly comes on my top 10 books that i have read and LOVED.

Tris was bad-ass. You HAD to like her. You couldn’t not like her. It was interesting reading from her point of you. Her fears, while manipulated to the situation she was in, felt relate able…as relate able as having knives thrown at is 😛
But nonetheless i had fun reading about what she was going through and how she stood strong even when i know if something like this was happening to me…i would probably have cried.

Four. I have to say that when Tris started having feelings for Four and we didn’t know who he was…i didn’t like him. I had nothing against his character just that maybe i was a bit confused about his age and found Tris and Four together…something i didn’t want to see. In my mind, when Marcus’s son was first mentioned, i wanted Tris to end up with him. And behold…Veronica Roth was thinking the same thing. Then Four transformed into Tobias (not literally) and i fell in love with him. A bit hypocritical? No. I liked and disliked the same guy. 😛

Once Divergent finished…it left this empty feeling in me and i wanted to jump right into Insurgent. GRAB DIVERGENT IF YOU STILL HAVEN’T! IT’s SO GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!
Also after the book finished i wanted to know which Faction i belonged to. So, i took the test and…i belong to AMITY!

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Review: Wither (The Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano

Wither (Chemical Garden, #1)Title: Wither (The Chemical Garden #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; dystopian
Source: hardcover – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden’s genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden’s eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.

My Review:

Women die at the tender age of 20. Men die at the tender age of 25. Wealthy men have polygamous marriages to keep the population going. This is the worst possible outcome of medicine going wrong!

Wither had me hooked from the very first page! DeStefano’s writing has this magnificent pull that immediately sucks you into the world of her characters. This being her debut novel, she has done a wonderful job.

Rhine was determined and strong. She wanted her old life back and didn’t want to be a wife to a man who himself did not know the truth about the world. From the very beginning of the book she was plotting her escape, making sure that the glitz and the glamour of this artificial world did not convince her of staying.

DeStefano created this riveting world that scared and intrigued you at the same time. This actually became about why i like dystopian novels and enjoy reading them so much. The title of the book went very well with the background of the story. Science has left us to rot and in the end while we look for an antidote we’ll actually just ‘wither’ away.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!

Review: The Mers by Ami Blackwelder

The Mers

Title: The Mers
Author: Ami Blackwelder
Publisher: eloquent enraptures publishing
Genre(s): Young Adult (Fantasy, paranormal, dystopia)
Source: e-Book from author

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

A Mermaid Dystopian…out now!
The Mers:
What lies beneath the surface?
One hundred years from now, the world has
changed and brought with it, new forms of life.
Who are the Mers? Who is Mira?

Mira always knew she was different. Growing up with Mers, she never quite fit in. When Mira breaks the rules and takes Niren with heracross the border dividing Ellis Island and New Jersey, the border dividing two vastly different worlds, she thought the journey to find out who she really is would be an easy one.

But, as the world in Jersey proves to be a convoluted mix of aristocrats who hate the Mers, pirates who want to sell them, and magi who want to use them…finding her true identity will be a challenge, especially when her best friend Niren is a Mer willing to fight to the death.

My review:

The second dystopian novel i have read and honestly i really liked it. It was different. There were mermaids involved and it was a dystopian.

I loved the way Ami incorporated a completely new world and made it so real at the same time. I am also so glad that her book didn’t turn me away from the dystopian genre, and in the near future or soonish i will definitely be reading more dystopian.

Since today is Halloween, she wanted me to post the review today and i feel that it is quite symbolic to the day. A completely new world, that is what happens at Halloween.

I personally feel that it must have been a bit hard to write this novel and so all praise goes to Ami! 🙂 Also this story was gripping and brilliant! Anyone who wants to read such a book, grab your copy now!

 

Follow Friday #14

Q. If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?

Many would disagree with my choice because simply said, i have never touched a dystopian novel in my life. The reason is not my ignorance, just the fact i can’t seem to find them near or around me. I would love to be a part of a young adult dystopian novel, not because i like all the sorrow and pain, but because there is something real about those novels. They reflect the future and the real us. So, because i haven’t read any dystopian novels, i can’t exactly know which novel would be perfect for me. So help me out. Let me know which dystopian novel is your favourite, why and should i give it a shot?