Zeroes – book review

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Zeroes is the first instalment in a thrilling and addictive new series by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti.

Ethan aka Scam has a voice inside him that will say whatever people want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Sometimes it can be handy, but sometimes it’s not, like when the voice starts blabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help him are the other Zeroes, who aren’t exactly his best friends these days.

When Nate, aka Bellwether, gets Scam’s SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind of dangerous encounters. At the core of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases. The only way these six teenagers are going to make it out unscathed is if they all learn to work together.Read More »

Allegiant – book review

Allegiant - Veronica Roth

Allegiant is the third and final book in the phenomenal Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Allegiant is both dramatic and heart-breaking… An unforgettable read.

Once Tris’s home, the faction-based society is shattering. Fractured by betrayal and violence, the city she once lived in is hardly recognizable. Tris’s only hope is to explore the world outside the fences that surround the city.

Tris and Tobias believe the outside world will bring a peaceful and simple life, away from painful memories of their past. But the world outside is the complete opposite of what they’d hoped for. Everything they thought they knew about the world was taken away from them, replaced with the knowledge of how their society actually began and how the factions were created. Tris found out her entire life was based on a lie…

In the world outside the place Tris once called home, the pair are faced with impossible choices that will change their world completely.

Firstly, I have mixed feelings about Allegiant. Allegiant was told from two points of view: Tris’s and Tobias’s. Before I read Allegiant, I was really excited to be able to read from Tobias’s point of view. But when I actually got to read them, I saw that there isn’t a lot of difference between Tris and Tobias’s characters. The way they reacted to certain situations were really similar and I often forgot whether I was reading from Tris’s point of view, or whether I was reading from Tobias’s. I also sometimes found Tobias a bit annoying. He had so much self-doubt and I felt like he was a completely different character to who we met in Divergent. I guess reading from Tobias’s point of view made me realise how insecure he felt about what was revealed about himself. But then again, I felt like Tobias’s chapters were just more boring versions of Tris’s chapters and I wanted to be reading from Tris’s point of view again. I felt like Tris was still the same strong, independent character we met in Divergent. However, I felt like Tris was much more selfless in this book than the others in the series. In Divergent, Tris said ‘I am selfish, I am brave.’ But Tris is one of the most selfless people in the entire book, if not the most. I loved Tris’s strong and determined character. And then, inevitably, the end of the book comes along. When I got to the end of this book, I was devastated. I was thinking, Why, Veronica Roth?! WHY?! I was in shock. This wasn’t the way I thought the Divergent series would end. I put my faith in Veronica Roth to make an ending I would be happy with. I trusted Veronica Roth with my whole love of Divergent to not ruin the last book in the series. I never expected this to happen. I turned the last page of Allegiant with tears of both sadness and anger streaming down my face. Is this series still my favourite series? I asked myself. Divergent will always be one of my favourite books, and I loved most of this series, it’s just the ending of Allegiant has left me so emotionally wrecked that now whenever I think of Divergent, I only remember the heart-breaking end to this series. I guess, up until about half way through the book, I was thoroughly enjoying Allegiant. I absolutely loved the twist in the plot and I couldn’t believe that everything I thought I knew about this series was taken away from me. I loved how everything was turning out. I knew I would have to read this series again to fully understand everything. I found out what it meant to be Divergent and how their city was formed, along with the factions. I was fascinated to learn all about the history. I found that some chapters in Allegiant were unnecessary. Those chapters weren’t boring or bad, but I just felt like they weren’t needed in the story and I didn’t benefit anything from them. In saying that, the rest of the book was pretty good. It wasn’t nearly good as Divergent, though. In Divergent, I felt as though everything was happening all the time and it was really fast-paced. In this book, I felt that there weren’t as many things going on until the end. The main thing I liked about this book was that there were countless twists in the plot that I never saw coming. I still love the way Veronica Roth writes and how she makes me feel so much when I read the Divergent series. I liked Allegiant, but I wasn’t really happy when I finished it. However, I think that emotions should be felt in stories, and so for that I’d give Allegiant by Veronica Roth a score of 8 out of 10. If you haven’t read Allegiant yet, I warn you, everything you think you know about this series will be turned upside down. You’re in for one thrilling, emotional roller coaster and I wish you the best of luck dealing with the aftermath of reading this book. This book will change how you see Divergent forever…

Insurgent – book review

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Insurgent is the second book in the amazing Divergent series by Veronica Roth.

Their home is no longer safe. Erudite has joined forces with Dauntless to fight against Abnegation. Tris, Tobias, Caleb, Peter and Marcus must seek safety with Amity. But, unfortunately, safety is hard to find.

Racked by guilt and tortured by her parents’ deaths, Tris struggles to find peace in a world full of lies and destruction. On top of everything that has been going on, Tris and Tobias are both Divergent, meaning they’re different from everybody else. And that makes them a target for the Erudite who will gain knowledge at any cost. Because once the Erudite can perfect their brain-controlling serum to control the Divergent as well, the world will be theirs.

Tris and Tobias are left with no other choice but to ally themselves with the people from Tobias’s past. But every choice has consequences. One choice can transform you, but just as equally destroy you. The repercussions of Tris and Tobias’s choices are far more dangerous than they could ever have expected. They struggle to save those they love, including each other. Sacrifices must be made in order for Erudite to be taken down.

But even when all of this is over, will Tris ever be able to forgive herself for what she’s done? Tris must save the people she loves while also facing questions of grief and forgiveness, love and belonging, and most importantly, who she really is.

I really loved reading Insurgent. Again, I was connected with Tris on such a deep level as I watched her struggle to find out who she really is. Tris was so much stronger, both mentally and physically, than she was before. Although she was still so racked with guilt from her past, I know that everything that had happened to her made her more resilient.  Insurgent, I felt, had many more twist and turns than Divergent. At some points in the book, I was worried that Tris wouldn’t survive at all. I was scared that all her loses and everything she’s sacrificed would be for nothing. I was again immersed in the story from the very beginning and I felt really connected to the characters and to the position they were in. It felt like turning every page changed my opinion on the situation or on the characters. This book was really action-packed. I loved every moment of it. In some parts, this book even made me cry. I was just so connected to Tris and I felt like I was facing every decision beside her. Veronica Roth is a really talented author and I can’t wait to read Allegiant. I loved reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. I can’t wait to read Allegiant!

Divergent – book review

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Divergent is the phenomenal first book in the Divergent series written by Veronica Roth.

In the future, society is split up into five factions: Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (kindness), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (fearless) and Erudite (knowledge). Upon turning 16, everyone will be tested to see which faction you most belong in. But this test doesn’t have to change your choices. At the Choosing Ceremony, everyone who is 16 will make their choice: stay with your family, or abandon them.

16 year-old Beatrice Prior must choose which of the five factions she will spend the rest of her life in. Most people, after completing the Aptitude Test, will know which of the five factions best suit them. The only problem is that Beatrice didn’t have only one result. She has three.

But Beatrice is forced to make the biggest decision of her life: to stay with her family in the familiarity of the Abnegation life, or to abandon them. The choice she makes will decide her friends, beliefs and will determine her future…

I absolutely loved reading Divergent. It would have to be one of my favourite series. I just loved everything about this book! Firstly, I loved the characters. Tris (Beatrice) was such a strong, determined character who was still a bit vulnerable at the same time. Unlike some main characters in other books, I really admired Tris’s bravery and the sacrifices she made. Four, a Dauntless trainer, was another one of my favourite characters. He was really mysterious and his alluring personality and his unexplained past intrigued me. I loved watching him and Tris together at the training sessions and throughout the rest of the book. In some ways, this book reminded me of The Hunger Games series in the way that the story was set in a future where society had really messed up. If you like TheHunger Games, you will love Divergent. I loved watching Tris and Tobias’s relationship grow as they trusted each other more and more. I felt that they both were meant to be with each other and I loved learning about Tobias and his past. He and Tris are amazing together, but sometimes I felt like Tris should trust Tobias more; the way that Tobias trusts her. I was so absorbed in the story that I could not put it down. I think Divergent is one of those books that just grab you from the very first sentence and you can’t take your eyes off the page until the very last word. And even after finishing the book, I was still constantly thinking about what will happen to Tris and Tobias and what their future will hold. I love love loved Divergent by Veronica Roth, and I’d give it a score of 9.5 out of 10. READ IT!