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Allegiant (Divergent, Book #3) – Roth, Veronica

8/10

Allegiant, Veronica Roth

 

Synopsis

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 meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This was the second time I read this book and it was even better than the first time I read it. I really love how Roth has composed the chapters in the last book, alternating between Tris’ and Tobias’ viewpoints to give different perspectives on events that are happening. This gives Tobias the ‘air time’ that he deserves as I felt that he has been overshadowed in the previous two books, by Tris.

One thing I will say, though, is grab those tissues, because this book is filled with deaths of characters that we, as the reader, have grown to love.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book, but make sure to read the first two in the series first as you need time to build a relationship with the characters before your heart gets inevitably broken in Allegiant.

If you haven’t read my reviews of the previous two books in the series follow the links below:

Divergent

Insurgent

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Insurgent (Divergent, Book #2) – Roth, Veronica

7.5/10

insurgent

Synopsis

One choice can transform you – or it can destroy you. Tris Prior’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration; instead it ended with unspeakable horrors. Now unrest surges in the factions around her as conflict between their ideologies grows.

In times of war sides must be chosen and secrets will emerge. Tris has already paid a terrible price for survival and is wracked by haunting guilt. But radical new discoveries and shifting relationships mean that she must fully embrace her Divergence – even though she stands to lose everything…

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

Okay, so after I watched Insurgent in the cinema last year, I sort of forgot how different the book was to the movie. And to be honest, prepare to be shocked, I actually preferred the movie. I just feel that the story is more compact in the film, rather than in this book where the action felt very drawn out and confusing to follow even though I’ve read it before. Tris really irritated me in this book because she came across as a whiny teenager rather than the ‘badass’ character which I described her in the previous book’s review. I agree with a lot of what Tobias says to her regarding pulling herself together. Sure, she went through a lot in the previous book, but the whole point of being Dauntless is she’s meant to be brave and get through tough experiences, not moan about them for the entire of the next 500 + pages.

I would still recommend this book, even though it is nowhere near as good as Divergent; I would recommend reading this book after you’ve watched the film if you haven’t already, because it is likely to make more sense, in terms of the sequence of events.

If you enjoyed this book, make sure to read my reviews of the first and last books in the series:

Divergent

Allegiant

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Divergent (Divergent, Book #1) – Roth, Veronica

10/10

Divergent

Synopsis

Beatrice Prior is on the brink of a decision that will change her life. In a society divided into factions all are forced to choose where they belong. And the choice Tris makes shocks everyone. Including herself.

Once decisions are made, the new members are forced to undergo extreme initiation tests with devastating consequences. As their experience transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends are – and if the man who both threatens and protects her is really on her side.

Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those Tris loves… or it might destroy her.

Overview *Contains Spoiler*

I’m not going to lie – this is probably the twentieth time I’ve read Divergent and it never ceases to amaze me how Roth manages to keep me hooked each time I re-read it, even though I know what is going to happen. Each time I read it, though, I discover a little detail that I hadn’t noticed in the previous read-through.

Very rarely do female characters have such a strong personality as Tris does; so often, they fall in love and turn into that stereotypical silly, giggly girl. Tris doesn’t which is what I love about her character. She falls in love with Four but she remains a ‘badass’ female lead, and remains true to herself throughout everything that she is put through. This makes her a role model for so many readers. She goes against the Status Quo when she transfers from Abnegation to Dauntless, she is determined not to be cut from her new faction, she doesn’t try and deny her feelings for Four, but underneath what every girl wants to be she has that vulnerability which makes her so relatable as a main character. I mean who doesn’t want to Dauntless when you’re following Tris as a lead for 480 pages?

Overall, I loved this book and I would highly recommend it to any teenager/young adult as a must-read book. You don’t have to love dystopian books to get something out of Divergent. This is one book, whose movie I loved on equal terms with the actual book.

If you enjoyed this book, read my reviews of the other two books in the series:

Insurgent

Allegiant

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Shattered (Slated, Book #3) – Terry, Teri

5/10

Shattered

Synopsis

When you don’t know who you are how, how can you decide who you want to be? Kyla was Slated: her mind wiped clean by the oppressive Lorder government. When forbidden memories of a violent past began to surface, so did doubts: could she trust those she had come to care for, like Ben? Helped by friends in MIA, she goes undercover, searcher for her past and evading the authorities who want her dead. But the truth Kyla desperately seeks is more shocking than she ever imagined.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

I began this book with high expectations, and you’re probably going to think this book review is going to highly praise the last in the Slated series. However, that is not the case. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a torturous read, but considering the other two AMAZING books in the series, this was slightly disappointing.

I felt that the points at which Kyla regained parts of her memory were very ‘convenient’ and predictable. I felt that Terry was trying to push the plot along by having Kyla regain certain memories just so she could eliminate an extra chapter. I definitely didn’t feel that way with the previous two books, because the plot line just…made sense?

I also found it disappointing that, despite Kyla’s previous reluctance to become a part of MIA, she decided in this book to join MIA which meant that she lost some of her independence in my eyes. I like female characters who have a mind of their own, but I just felt that she was pressurised by Aiden and pressurised by the goings on around her.

The fact that Kyla has millions of different names really annoyed me because each character called her by a different one. Her ‘adopted’ mum insisted on calling her Lucie and then changing her mind to calling her Riley which was the name Kyla changed to after she’d been done with IMET. Aiden and Amy/Sandra called her Kyla, Nico called her Rain and Kyla called herself Riley. It was doing my head in by the end of the book. I mean – seriously – how many names do you want to give your main character? If you’re going to do that, at least make the other characters try and comply with the latest name.

All in all, I would say to read this book series: sure I felt that this book let the trilogy down immensely, but the first two more than make up for it.

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Fractured (Slated, Book #2) – Teri Terry

10/10

Fractured

Synopsis

“With what I did yesterday, I should be dead: zapped by the chip they put in my brain when I was Slated.” Kyla shouldn’t remember anything from before she was Slated, but dark secrets of her past will not stay buried. Caught in a tug of war between Lorder oppression and the fight for freedom, her past and present race towards a collision she may not survive. While her desperate search for Ben continues, who can she trust in this world of secrets and lies?

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This was an amazing second book in the Slated trilogy! I often find that books in a series decrease in quality but Teri Terry’s writing still manages to capture my attention right from the word go. If you enjoyed “Slated” you will adore this book. It’s packed with more action than the first and Kyla begins to learn that not everyone is as they first appear. She matures in herself, and there is a definite progression in the development of her character between the first and the second book, and even throughout Fractured. She starts off as a girl who doesn’t know who she is and then learns of her identity before she was Slated. She also begins to think for herself, rebelling against what she has been told “Rain” would do.

Kyla is forced to take sides in this non-stop action thriller and although it is constantly packed with action right from the first page, the last few chapters are paced perfectly. They force you to continue reading as you want to know what is going to happen next.

I would highly recommend this book to teens, particularly if you enjoyed Slated. I would read Slated first, though, as I feel without the background knowledge gained in book 1, Fractured won’t make a whole lot of sense. You can check out my review of Slated here.

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Slated – Terry, Teri

9/10

Slated

Synopsis

Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. She’s been Slated. The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book was slightly confusing to begin with but having finished it, I feel that this adds to the overall mysterious atmosphere of the book. Kyla has been Slated and she doesn’t know who she is or what she was before her memories were taken so the reader is able to empathise with her because they don’t know what is going on either. There is something not quite right about Kyla as her Levo (the wristband everyone who is Slated wear until they are 21 to knock them out if they get too angry or upset) doesn’t seem to work. It drops when she is distressed but her levels stay the same when she is angry. Towards the end of the book, others start noticing and she has to mask the obvious by running and drawing to pretend that she is normal.

I would highly recommend this book to those who love mystery and dystopian future books; this is a definite ‘to be read’ book by the author of ‘Mind Games’.

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How I live Now (Rosoff, Meg)

3/10

How I Live Now

 

Synopsis

Imagine the perfect summer. Imagine blossom everywhere. The grass so green you can taste it. The sun on your skin. The rich sweet smell of honeysuckle. A hand touching your leg. Falling for someone you shouldn’t. Imagine the world exploding. A perfect summer blown apart.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

I have very mixed views and feelings about this book. Content wise (i.e. plot wise) it was faultless up to part two. It had just the right mixture of desire, longing and adventure in it to grab my attention. The problem I had with the book is Rosoff’s style of writing. For a start, part one of the book, which is the majority, contained absolutely no speech marks, sentences that were ridiculously long to read and get your head around and capital letters that had no place being capitalised. This made ‘How I live now’ a very tiring and difficult book to read despite its short length. I also didn’t understand why the first part seemed almost punctuation-less in comparison to part two which contained the right punctuation. It could be that Rosoff is trying to show the passage of time between the first part and the second part, however the main language used by Daisy still stays relatively the same, it’s just the use of punctuation that noticeably changes.

I also thought that the jump between part one and part two was unnecessary and confusing. I had no idea what happened in the six years between when Daisy answers the phone to Daisy returning to New York besides the very brief explanation that was given in part two. This left me feeling underwhelmed and disappointed in the story.

If this review hasn’t entirely put you off, it is still worth a read just to see how another author describes a fictional third world war.

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Mind Games – Teri, Terry

10/10

Mind Games

 

Synopsis

Luna has a secret. She is different, but no one must find out. Because in this world you must play their game, or it could cost you your life. Will Luna discover her true destiny in time to save the ones she loves?

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book was fantastic from beginning to end! It had me hooked from page one. It was a constant page-turner and I found that I couldn’t stop reading once I’d started. The chapters are relatively short in comparison to a lot of novels that I have read which suits the fast-pace of the book and keeps you reading.

This novel is set in the future where the majority of the citizens have implants which allows them to ‘live’ in virtual worlds. In a world where technology is becoming more and more dominant in our everyday lives, the futuristic setting of ‘Mind Games’ is entirely believable and realistic. It makes you think about whether virtual reality will be implemented into our lives in decades to come. Technology is ever evolving at a great speed which means that this book could be an accurate representation of what life will be like soon, or in ten, twenty or even thirty years’ time.

The only fault that I have with the book is that I found the ending very abrupt and I still had unanswered questions once I’d finished reading it. If you’ve read my review of The Death Cure by James Dashner then you will know how I hate ‘unfinished’ endings. However, this novel had so many merits, I didn’t let the ending ruin my judgement and rating of this book.

I would definitely recommend this book to older readers in the ‘Young Adult’ bracket, however I think younger teens would also find this novel an interesting read. It is an addictive book but the ending is emotional.

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