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Divergent – The Movie

I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t wait to see the movie.  The premise behind the story is that after a devastating War much of society was destroyed. The story takes place about 100 years from now in what is left of Chicago.  In order to save society, the population was divided into five factions based on character traits that were dominant.  Amity(peaceful) farm the land, Candor (honesty) run the legal system, Erudite (intelligent) focus on technology, Abnegation(selflessness) run the government and Dauntless (Bravery) protect the city from the outside world. We don’t really know what is out there at this point but we are told we need to be protected from it.

Tris (or Beatrice as she was known from Abnegation) is the teenage main character and after undergoing the mandatory testing to see which faction she is suited to, discovers that she is Divergent.  She fits into more than one category.  Divergence is a dangerous thing she is told, and she must hide it from everyone.

Tris chooses Dauntless and then has to leave her family behind and learn to fight, shoot, and train for all kinds of different situations including a mental component that helps her combat fear.

I don’t want to get into too much detail, but suffice it to say that Tris is one butt whipping, super cool heroine. Shailene Woodley does an excellent job of portraying Tris.

And of course who could forget the love interest of Four.  Theo James plays Tobias (four) and OMG this guys is AWESOME!  My only complaint with the movie is that they swiftly passed over the attraction and intensity of the connection between Tris and Four.  You get the gist, but you miss the emotion of the book.  Sigh…but he is easy on the eyes for sure.

Well I will leave it at this.  The movie was great, full of action, suspense, drama, intrigue and everything you want in a movie.  Was it as good as the book?  Not a chance, but they rarely are.  If you didn’t read the book it was an awesome movie.  If you read the book, it was a good movie that left a lot of the book out.  But that is to be expected when you try to pack a fantastic novel into a two-hour movie that needs to focus on the action and special effects to draw in a crowd.

I wasn’t disappointed and look forward to the next installment.

5 stars for me.

 

 

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent, #3) Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth.  Published Oct 22, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books.  CDN $11.99 Kindle edition.

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. Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent. (Goodreads Excerpt)

What to say other than I am sad it is over and sad sad sad at the way it ended.  Don’t get me wrong as the book was brilliant but I wish the author could have ended it a little differently.  I understand why she did it, given the characterization and the development of the book.  But, sigh…I just wanted something different.  It made me cry.  The cover of the book says it all…

                One choice will define you.

The story is masterfully told and I really enjoyed reading the different perspective of Tobias and Tris.  I love both of these characters and enjoyed watching their story unfold.  Both characters are flawed and real and I came to understand both of them and accepted their choices as being true to character.

I was surprised by the twists in the book.  It was very interesting to see how the secrets and lies of the government unfolded into more secrets and lies.  I don’t want to give anything away, but you really need to pay attention to who is telling what story and for what purpose.  It makes the story interesting and keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what is real and what isn’t.  I am amazed at the authors detail with her world building.  The story is very complex and she captures it all with detail and explanations.  I can’t wait to see if the movie lives up to the book. 

I was going to give it 4 stars because the ending was sad and disappointing, but the more I thought about it, I have to give it 5.  It was beautifully told and we can’t always have the ending we desire. 

5 stars for me.

 

 

WWW Wednesdays (Feb 19)

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers

Fire with Fire (Demonblood, #2) Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Recently Finished:  Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth.  and Fire with Fire (Demonblood #2) by Penelope King.  I finished both on vacation and loved them.  I will post a review soon.

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)Currently Reading Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi.  I have barely started this so no comments yet.

Up Next?

These are what I have my eye on but I’m not really sure.

   Legend (Legend, #1) Curse of Shadows and Light (Demonblood, #3) Secret (Elemental, #4)

Legend by Marie Lu

Curse of Shadows and Light (Demonblood#3) by Penelope King

Secret (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer.

And as always you never know what little treasure will show up and DEMAND to be read.  Happy reading everyone.

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WWW Wednesdays (Feb 5)

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Recently Finished Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth.  This is a fantastic series.  I don’t want it to end! Here is a link to my review:

https://cynthiastacey.com/2014/01/30/insurgent-divergent-2-by-veronica-roth/

Fire with Fire (Demonblood, #2)Currently Reading Fire with Fire (demonblood #2) by Penelope King.

Up Next?

I am dying to read Allegiant (Divergent #3)!  I am going on vacation this week so I also have Ignite Me (shatter Me #3) on my kindle.   Yayyy!!! Lots of awesome reading to do.

 Allegiant (Divergent, #3) Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

And as always you never know what little treasure will show up and DEMAND to be read.  Happy reading everyone.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

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Teaser Tuesday (Feb 4)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

I can’t walk these hallways without remembering the days I spent as a prisoner here, barefoot, pain pulsing inside me every time I moved.  And with that  memory is another one, one of waiting for Beatrice Prior to go to her death, of my fists against the door, of her legs slung across Peter’s arms when he told me she was just drugged.

I hate this place.

Page 4

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Allegiant (Divergent #3)by Veronica Roth

OMG I love this series.  I haven’t started this one yet as I am saving it for my vacation this week. (I snuck a peek just to put it in the teaser tuesday) I Can’t wait to delve into it!

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Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth.  Published May 1, 2013 by Harper Collins    CDN $10.91Kindle edition

Fighting for survival in a shattered world… the truth is her only hope.

The thrillingly dark sequel to No. 1 New York Times bestseller, DIVERGENT. I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am.

Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.

Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever… because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead. (Goodreads Excerpt)

WOW, I have to say WOW.  I am so amazed at this story.  Insurgent was as good as Divergent (which is rare) but a little sadder at times and perhaps a little more emotional when you take in all that Tris has to go through including her strained relationship with Four that is tested to the limits.  They go through ups and downs and everything in between leaving the reader in agony over the outcome of their relationship.  

I love the quote on the cover, ONE CHOICE CAN DESTROY YOU.  Like holy cow, no kidding.  This book is all about choices.  Tris has to make some really tough ones that she knows may cost her everything in the end.  She struggles with herself and what she is and risks everything to make the right decision.

I love how the author builds on Divergent and keeps going.  It never lags or drops but keeps you on the edge of your seat.  We learn more about the factions and more about the characters that belong to them. Tris’ whole world is wrapped into a web of secrets and lies and she must decide if the truth is worth everything she might have to sacrifice to obtain it.  The Candor manifesto wraps up this story nicely.

Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged. 

I don’t want to give too much away, but Insurgent is a fantastic sequel to Divergent.  It is amazing, thrilling, full of intrigue and emotion and leaves you breathless and wanting more.  I can’t wait to read Allegiant.

5 stars for me.

 

WWW Wednesdays (Jan 29)

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Recently Finished: Divergent by Veronica Roth.  OMG I loved this book!  Here is a link to my review:

https://cynthiastacey.com/2014/01/23/divergent-by-veronica-roth/

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Currently Reading:Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth.  This is a fantastic series.  I don’t want it to end!

Up Next?

I am thinking of the third in the Divergent series Allegiant, of course!  or Fire with Fire (Demonblood #2)

 Allegiant (Divergent, #3) Fire with Fire (Demonblood, #2)

And as always you never know what little treasure will show up and DEMAND to be read.  Happy reading everyone.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

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