Archive for December, 2013

Reading Resolutions 2013 – Update

In January, I posted a list of reading resolutions for 2013.  So, how did I do?  Unfortunately, not so great.  I’ll blame this on starting a new job, which is a pretty great excuse to have.

Read 100 books
I didn’t even come close to this.  I finished out the year at 39 books, which is the lowest number of books I’ve read in about 8 years.

Review more books
I did actually manage to review more books than usual – 13 this year as opposed to 2 last year.  I was pretty short of my goal to review 3 a month, though.

Make my own must reads for 20-somethings list
Check!

Find books outside my usual interests
I’ve worked on this a little, especially when I opened the blog up to review requests.

Read the books I own but haven’t read
I made a dent, but it doesn’t help that I keep buying books.

 

Check back tomorrow for me 2014 resolution list!

Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I wrote this several weeks ago and apparently forgot to publish it. So, here you go!

 

 

Storybound Review at Quintessentially Bookish

Release Date: October 22nd 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Series: Divergent (#3)
Pages: 531

The Secret Eater

From the book jacket:

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.

Plot:

This final book explores the reality of the revelation from the end of Insurgent. Tris, Four, and their friends learn why the factions were formed, the purpose of their city, and what lies beyond the fence – as well as what part they play in all of it.

Overall Thoughts:

Though this was a controversial ending to the series, I loved it.  Roth makes some very tough choices that certain types of readers might not fully appreciate, but those choices remain true to the characters and plot in a way that a more upbeat ending would not.  Even with the popularity of dystopian fiction and darker novels, there’s often a push for YA writers to end their series with a happily ever after – the characters fall in love, the bad guy is beaten, everyone lives – but this isn’t always an appropriate way to end the story.  I appreciate Roth’s commitment to ending her story in a way that respectful to her characters and the reader, rather than caving to the pressure to tie everything up in a nice little bow.

Characters:

We learn more about Tris and Four in this book than we did in the previous two combined.  Tris explores her past, her mother’s past, and how they have shaped who she is. Four flounders a bit as he tries to come to terms with what he fears about himself.  It’s interesting to see his side of the story, rather than solely that of what Tris believes about him.  We learn much more about what motivates him.

Setting:

Talking about the setting is difficult without revealing too much about the plot.  It plays a big part in this final book, to the point that it’s almost a character on its own.

Writing Style:

Unlike the previous two books, Allegiant is written in alternating viewpoints between Tris and Four.  While I think it helped round out the story in a way that just hearing Tris’s side would not have done, I wish there had been more distinction between the two characters.  The voice Roth used for each was so similar that I often had difficulty remembering which character was narrating.  I would have liked to see each of them have a more clear voice that was all their own instead of being so very much Roth’s voice.

Extras:

A much more clear back story than we usually get in dystopian novels, while still being vague enough that the details don’t muddle the story.

Favorite Line:

 “Sometimes, all it takes to save people from a terrible fate is one person willing to do something about it. Even if that ‘something’ is a fake bathroom break.”

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