Category Archives: Dystopian

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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Book 3 (Book 1: Divergent, Book 2: Insurgent)

Novel Summation:

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.

My Thoughts:

(Spoiler warning) So there are a lot of deep meaning messages in this book which is nice and thought provoking. However, the plot is so convoluted that you miss out on these moments and a lot of the character story-lines. The novel switches perspectives between Tris and Tobias. I could see that seeing Tobias’ perspective is necessary with the revelation of gentically damaged people (non divergent people/not truly divergent people) but I think would could have managed with just Tris’ perspective until the very end of the book. There were far too many conflicts revealed factions/the allegiant vs. the factionless and the GP (genetically pure) vs. the GD (genetically damanged). There was also a very complex history revealed and even now I’m not too sure if I fully understand it. Tris, Tobias, Peter, Cara, Uriah, and Cristina leave their city and discover a facility where there history is explained. Several generations ago, the government believed that society’s problems resulted from people’s bad genes. In an attempt to create a better society, they began to correct people’s genes with disastrous results resulting in a Purity War. To rectify its mistake, the government set up ‘experiments’, establishing isolated cities across the remains of the United States in the hopes of raising enough genetically pure (Divergent) individuals to fix the ‘genetic damage’ left in the wake of the Purity War. This resulted in Tris’ city which is actually Chicago. There are also a lot of character revelations that could be confusing at times. Overall, I spent a lot of time being confused. To help with this I would probably recommend reading Insurgent right before reading this book. I cried a lot at the end of the book when Tris dies. Though it really keeps with her character it didn’t have the same impact because of the distraction of everything else going on. It truly was a heartbreaking ending to the series.

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

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Book 2 (Book 1: The Darkest Minds)

Novel Summation:

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster. When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her. As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

My Thoughts:

So I really like this series. It definitely has an X-Men vibe but very limited in super power abilities. I’m going to do a brief summary of the last book because when I started reading this book I was really confused as to the roles people played and the different groups and it wasn’t until three quarters into the book that everything sort of fell into place. There are different level of abilities and they are organized by code: green (technology kids), yellow (electricity), blue (telekinesis), orange (telepathy), and red (dangerous). There are camps that are essentially internment camps for kids but the adults think they’re rehab camps. There are two opposing government groups:  The Federal Coalition is opposed to Gray and his government and uses the Children’s League occasionally which is an organization that uses kids with abilities on their missions.  Ruby had escaped her camp with the help of the Children’s League (a woman named Cate) but ran away from them. She joined up with Zhu (a yellow), Liam (a blue?), and Chubs (a blue). Initially the group didn’t know that Ruby was an orange. They eventually made their way to a place called East River (a sanctuary for kids run by kids). East River was ran by a kid named the Slip Kid who turned out to be Clancy Gray, son of the President and an Orange.  The camp was attacked and Chubs was shot, Zhu went away, and Ruby joined the Children’s League, erasing her self from Liam’s mind (Liam use to work with them with his brother but left). The writing is really good except I don’t like the flash backs at the beginning since it confuses the reader and messes with the flow of the story. Some of the dialogue, in particular the lines Liam says to Ruby near the end are really touching.  So in this book we get introduced to how the Children’s League is run, the members, and the missions. We get introduced to Ruby’s team, Vida (a blue), Nico (a green), and Jude (a yellow). We don’t really get to know Nico much and Jude seemed to act a lot younger than he actually was (very naive). I initially didn’t like Vida but by the end of the book you sort of like her attitude and you get used to her sass. We also get introduced to Cole, Liam’s brother and there is something really interesting about him that you’ll find out by the end. We get some familiar faces like Chubs and Liam but everyone, including Ruby has changed and you definitely see it. Hopefully, Zhu will make an appearance in the next book. I kind of wish there was more diversity in powers but sadly there isn’t.

Future Books:

There will a third book in December 2014.

Icons by Margaret Stohl

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Book 1

Novel Summation:

Your heart beats only with their permission. Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting. Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside – safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid. She’s different. She survived. Why? When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador’s privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn’t a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy. Within the Icon’s reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions — which they’ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses — may actually be their greatest strengths

My Thoughts:

This was a really enjoyable book. I haven’t read many sci-fi books and I found this book to be really good. I could very much see this book as a movie. At first the terminology was a bit confusing, such as the Day, the Icons, and the Lords. The plot involves the Lords which are essentially aliens (never have been seen) have come to earth and using Icons (giant structures that possess a power to kill) they have taken over the earth on the Day. Not everyone is dead and the rest have been allowed to live their lives to a lesser extent, with some people enslaved and forced to work on the Lord’s projects (which are unknown).  Certain cities were destroyed completely and are known as Silent Cities. The other cities are run by Embassies that are led by Ambassandors. However, there are those that survived the power from the Icons. This book did explain some things such as the basics through the plot and transcripts but a lot of questions are still left. Such as is there more children with gifts? What are the projects? What do the Lords look like? What do the Lords want? I would like to point out that I hated the names of the characters. I liked the sassy-ness of Dol and the powers of Dol, Ro, and Lucas. I didn’t quite understand Tima’s power. Dol and Ro have a strong friendship and a romance that doesn’t truly develop. The romance seemed a little forced with Dol and Lucas and I would have liked more of a natural feel to it though I was rooting for those two. Though every emotions the four of them feel seemed real and realistic.

Future Books:

There will be another book in 2014.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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Book 1

Novel Summation:

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. It had an interesting premise that there is a virus that kills kids and the kids that survive are gifted with abilities. Instead of being grateful that their children survived all the adults put the kids in concentration like camps. In my opinion this book had three sides: the camps, an organization that has particular motives for rescuing the children, and the children that managed to avoid both the camp and the organization. This was one of the first times I read a book where there was no clear-cut bad guy. Evil was all around in this story. I liked Ruby but she could be frustrating at times. A lot of the character, in particular Ruby and Liam seemed to change the minds about how they felt about things constantly. Also, I think the self punishment for both those character may have been overdone. I think a lot more character depth could have been done with all the character and perhaps a stronger romance. The book’s ending made me so sad. Overall the concept of the book is really good and I would recommend it. It’s very similar to the Gone series by Michael Grant.

Future Books:

The next book in the series is due out around December 2013.

Rebel Heart by Moira Young

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Book 2 (Book 1: Blood Red Road)

Novel Summation:

Saba has rescued her kidnapped brother and defeated the fanatical Tonton. But the price to be paid for her violent victory is terrible. Jack has disappeared–and can no longer be trusted. A new and formidable enemy is on the rise in the dustlands. No one is safe. And Saba must confront the terrible secret hidden in the darkest depths of her soul.

My Thoughts:

So this book wasn’t as great as the first one was but it was still fairly decent. Not much action occurred but it was more of internal action within Saba. She struggled the whole book with what she has done, who she is, and what she is destined to do. By the end of the book she still hasn’t figured out who she is and what she is destined to do. I liked that her character is very flawed which makes her a lot more realistic. Lugh was really annoying in the book. He didn’t seem to understand that people change  and things weren’t going to be the way they were. Emmi didn’t really have much of a part in this book which was kind of disappointing since her and Saba grew so much together in the previous book. This book needed more Jack. DeMalo makes an appearance in this book and his character is expanded upon but I don’t like the direction his character went. I would have prefered him to remain a mysterious character which is given depth instead of the role he took. It didn’t seem very DeMalo like. I liked the general plot line of the book, a new leader that is revolutionizing the world but not necessarily in the best interest of everyone. However, it was kind of anticlimatic. Overall it is a fairly interesting book.

Future Books:

This book is a part of a trilogy so there will be a third book in the future.

The Death Cure by James Dashner

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Book 3 (Book 1: The Maze Runner, Book 2: The Scorch Trials)

Novel Summation:

Thomas knows that Wicked can’t be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they’ve collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It’s up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. What Wicked doesn’t know is that something’s happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can’t believe a word of what Wicked says.
The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure.

My Thoughts:

I read this book awhile ago so this will be short. This was a really interesting read. The concept of the series is really interesting. The book gives us a look into the world outside the Maze once again but this time the setting is more populated. What bothered me about the book was that it didn’t end with us knowing exactly what happened with Thomas in the past. He chooses not to fully remember and you have to respect his reasoning but I am still very curious. Lots of familiar people return and some new ones appear. There isn’t really character develop but Thomas does grow a bit and the plot develops slightly; some insights are shown. As the book progressed the ending for me was very predictable but still interesting. I would recommend this series to people.

Future Books:

There is a prequel book to the series called The Kill Order and comes out August 14, 2012.