Posts Tagged ‘dystopia’

Divergent by Veronica Roth

January 27, 2014

divergentAnd now for a review from our newest guest blogger, Bethany!

In Veronica Roth’s dystopian book Divergent there are five different factions that a person can be a part of. During the year a person would turn 16, they decided which faction they are going to join. Most choose the one they were born and raised in. Here are my interpretation of the five factions:  the AP student- as in “going to Harvard for free” people, the super kind people (sometimes you wonder if they’re being legit because they’re too kind), the “really rude because they’re extremely honest” people (don’t we all know the phrase: ‘No offense, but’), the BA people (as in jumping off moving trains and being stupid YOLO) and last and the least- stereotypical 60’s hippies.  In this make believe world everybody’s genes are wired towards one of these five personalities. (This is when I started to doubt the book.  Get me on a day with little or no sleep and count the different personalities I have). If you do not have one of these five personalities you are an enemy to the state!  Ok, well not right away, but you are Divergent. And if you’re Divergent, don’t you dare tell anybody because it’s bad.

My first issue with Divergent was the whole idea of these five factions. It’s silliness! Go to work, go to school, heck, go to mall and you will see many more than five different personalities. The book presents five different core beliefs, and you can only have one. Right, because there are only five different religious beliefs in the real world which make this seem plausible….but that wasn’t my only issue with this book. The main character goes from going to school, to choosing your life. One day you’re in school, you get this test and then the next day you choose your faction. For the next month or so you’re in training and BAM you’re an adult with a job associated with your special faction. Huh? Does this happen in real life? I can answer that for you, no. Also, the lack of adults really drove me bananas. There were kids teaching kids stuff, that wouldn’t really happen. I would not be qualified to teach a class after a year, maybe two, of study. How do you become a teacher, oh, just four years of school, at least! So that didn’t make any sense. But at this point I shouldn’t really be expecting the book to make any sense.

As much as I wasn’t a fan of this book, there were things I liked.  Beatrice, the main character, I liked. Though her world was far from every being okay, she could exist. Her character was real, and I could imagine seeing her walking down the street. In fact, most of the characters I liked. Wonderful character development all around; but you can only get too attached to a character that is in a world that would never happen. And, when the fighting happens, people die. Though that might sound odd, I personally cannot stand when a huge epic battle happens and none of the characters you’ve come to love die because that doesn’t happen in real life. Even though this society would never come to be, Roth does try to have the things that happen in it buyable.  Let’s see…what else did I like….yeah, I think that’s about it.

So maybe I’m being a little harsh on Divergent; after all, I had to put it on hold because of its popularity in order to read it. There is obviously something there or it wouldn’t be as popular as it is.

Cover Face-Off: Gone

December 3, 2013

It’s another edition of Cover Face-Off!  We put two covers of the same book side-by-side and decide which we like best.  Use whatever criteria you want: which one represents the book best, which one is more likely to attract readers, or even which one you think is cooler.

Today’s competitors: Gone by Michael Grant, the old cover (left) versus the newly re-imagined paperbacks (right).  If you’re not familiar with the series, here’s the publisher’s blurb: “In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have “The Power” and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.”

Gone by Michael Grant hcGone by Michael Grant pb










I like the new cover SO MUCH!  The original cover is fine and highlights the fact that it’s about teens facing some kind of unknown challenge, but the new cover looks so much more exciting with the new colors and design.  It looks like it could appeal to anyone who is looking for an action-oriented novel.

Do you love the re-design, or do you think the series was better off with the original cover?  Sound off in the comments!

Cover Face-Off: Delirium

October 24, 2013

Welcome to Cover Face-Off, a new feature where we pit two covers of the same book against one another to determine which one is the best!  Feel free to use whatever criteria you want: which one represents the book best, which one is more likely to attract readers, or even which one you think is prettiest.

Today’s competitors: two covers of Delirium, the dystopian hit by Lauren Oliver!  Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of the publisher:  “Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.”


This is just my humble opinion, but the one on the right is SO MUCH BETTER, right?!  The design is interesting (you could easily look at it for a moment without noticing the face in the words) and the font and color fit the story really well.  That was actually the original cover, and after its initial success it was redesigned with a random girl’s face.  Don’t get me wrong, she looks like I pictured Lena, but every YA novel lately just seems to have some girl’s face on the cover, and I felt like the first cover was more unique.

Do you totally disagree with me?  Sound off in the comments!

It’s finally here! The first trailer for Divergent

August 27, 2013

One of the hottest YA books since The Hunger Games, Veronica Roth’s Divergent is finally coming to theaters!  The first trailer premiered Sunday night during the VMAs.  Check it out above.

What do you think?  Does their world look how you imagined it?  Will Shailene Woodley be convincing as Tris?  Sound off in the comments!

Divergent #3 title announced!

April 26, 2013


Drumroll, please….

Veronica Roth has finally announced the title for the third book in her wildly popular Divergent series, and it’s….Allegiant!  We’ve still got a long wait ahead of us until the October 22nd release date, so be sure to check out some of our read-alikes for the series.

If you liked Divergent….

April 5, 2013


Did you guys know that they’re making Divergent into a movie?  Shailene Woodley from The Secret Life of the American Teenager is going to play Tris!  If you already read the book and are looking for something similar to read while you anxiously await the movie, check out some of these other futuristic, dystopian novels that have lots of action and strong teen characters:

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Book Trailer Thursday: Enclave

July 28, 2011

Looking for another Hunger Games Readalike? Looks like Enclave by Ann Aguirre has a dystopian society, powerful girls, and a little bit of romance: check, check and check!