WWW Wednesday [27th November]

What I’m currently reading:

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Insurgent, by Veronica Roth 

Loved, loved, loved the first book in the series, Divergent, as you can tell in my review of it! I can tell this will be a good sequel; hopefully it doesn’t disappoint!

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The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James 

I am reading this for the next school year. I like reading my school novels a few times, so first I’ll read it for myself, then once or twice for school. Sounds like a good psychological thriller!

What I recently finished reading:

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Evan Burl and the Falling, by Justin Blaney

This book was alright. It had quite a few things that I didn’t like, but also a couple of aspects which I enjoyed. Look out for my review, which will be up soon!

What I think I’ll read next:

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Allegiant, by Veronica Roth

The last instalment in the Divergent trilogy! I’m sure once I finish Insurgent, I won’t be able to wait to start this one!

I’d love to know what you’re reading this fine spring/summer! Link your WWW Wednesday post in the comments section!

Happy reading,

Z.

Divergent, by Veronica Roth

8306857Release date: April 25th 2011

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Number of pages: 487 (Hardcover edition)

Genre: Dystopian

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
MY REVIEW
I love dystopians, and this is one of the best of the kind that I have read! The book is  fast paced, has a unique world and strong characters. The story flows smoothly and the writing is captivating.
The protagonist and narrator, Tris, is strong-willed and it was quite an enjoyable experience learning about the Divergent world through her eyes. Her personality is realistic, which makes her relatable, even though the dystopian world she is in is quite different to our reality. I don’t want to give too much away about the other characters, but I tell you that some are fun, some are cunning, some are infuriating, and all of them are unique and relatable.
I am very fascinated with the way this dystopian world works. The people are segregated by what value they believe can rid the world of ‘evil’ and can bring peace for a perfect civilisation. It’s almost how we, in real life, are part of groups that support what we think is right in terms of religion, governing, etc.  It makes you think about which faction you would choose if you had to; would you leave you family to be with people who believe in the same values as you?
I am hoping that there is more history of this world explained in the sequels. I would love to learn about the beginnings of this society and the founders and initial thoughts and ideas. The society in Divergent seems so straight-forward and well thought out – like humans really could live in a perfect world. But, and I am paraphrasing Tris’s mother’s words when I say: humans always find ways to screw things up.
There are many themes in this book, including: courage, family, friends and love. All of this is weaved tactfully into the main storyline. The abundant amount of themes, alongside the action, drama and world-building, is what makes this book one that I could reread multiple times. Each time you come back, I imagine that you’d take more and more away. I’m trying to think of negatives, but that’s hard knowing that there are sequels that will probably make up for what’s missing in this novel; which is a lack of detail and information on how the society works and the history of it all.
If you are a fan of dystopia and haven’t already picked up this book, go do that now. It’s a must read for all young adult fiction readers! Even if you don’t like dystopian books, I urge to try this one out. It’s quite easy to read because of its fast pace and fascinating settings.

MY RATING

Characters: 2/2

Plot: 2/2

Writing style: 1/1

This book definitely deserves the extra 2 points! A very unique idea with strong aspects.

7/5
Happy reading,
Z.
(Sorry about no spaces between the paragraphs. Experiencing some difficulties with WordPress.)

WWW Wednesdays

What I’m currently reading:

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The Death Cure, by James Dashner

This is the third and last book in the Maze Runner trilogy. Can’t wait to see how it all ends, and hopefully all my questions will be answered! You can go check out my Maze Runner review here. 

I’m also reading:

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Maus, by Art Spiegelman

This is a very beautiful graphic novel that is about Vladek Spiegelman’s (the author/illustrator’s father) story of survival through the Holocaust. I recently posted a recommendation for this narrative that you can go check out for more information.

What I recently finished reading:

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The Scorch Trials, by James Dashner

The second book in the Maze Runner series. Really fast-paced, filled with mystery and just beyond my expectations!

What I think I’ll read next:

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Evan Burl and the Falling, by Justin Blaney

I received the free ebook of this novel on my Kindle a few months ago. I have been meaning to read it for a long time, and I’m finally going to after my current reads! I will be reviewing this book.

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Divergent, by Veronica Roth

I’ve heard ONLY amazing things about this book. I haven’t been able to buy it, and it wasn’t at the library last time I went. So hopefully it’ll be there when I go to the library next time. I actually have read the first few chapters at school, but then the book disappeared from the book cupboard we have in the class, so I’ll have to start again when I can finally get my hands on it! Can’t wait!!

Let me know you WWW answers in the comments below!

Happy reading,

Z.