Review: Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

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Rating: 3.5stars
Type: Dystopian
Trilogy: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant
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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

It started off so good, and I LOVED Divergent. The whole book was just action packed and completely immersed me in their world – I couldn’t put it down. Even though the Dauntless initiation was brutal, it was so much fun to read and I thought the idea of the of the 5 different factions (Abnegation, Erudite, Amity, Dauntless, and Candor) was great. And I loved Tris and Four! They were so cute together (even though Four’s real name is Tobias – not cute at all). I couldn’t put the book down!!!

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Review: Matched Trilogy by Allie Condie

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Rating: 3stars
Type: Dystopian
Trilogy: Matched, Crossed, Reached
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Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

 

My Review

I finished reading this series last week and wasn’t completely blown away by it. It’s got the whole love triangle thing that I love, but the book seriously lacked pace and got incredibly boring at some points (please can we stop with all the describing of the canyons, and get back to the romance already?).

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