Afterworlds

Regina Flath

Regina Flath

Several years ago, I devoured Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series. It was around the time that I first became aware of dystopian YA novels, and the premise – civilization destroyed by a bug that eats oil and oil-based products, and enforced plastic surgery as a rite of passage – intrigued me. I loved the books, reading the original three (I’ve never read Extras) in fairly quick succession, and wanted to check out some of Westerfeld’s other work, but – as so often happens with good intentions – got caught up in other things.

A couple of months ago, I noticed Westerfeld’s latest novel, Afterworlds, and decided it was high time I reacquainted myself with him as an author. Like Uglies, the novel’s conceit was interesting as it is essentially a book within a book, with chapters alternating between Darcy Patel, the real-world protagonist, and Lizzie Scofield, the main character in Darcy’s first novel, also titled AfterworldsRead More

Allegiant (The Book)

John Tippie

Warning: There are some spoilers in this, so proceed at your own risk!

I did it!! I finally finished Allegiant, the third and final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy! I know this may not seem like a huge accomplishment, but considering the fact that I started the book months ago, I am quite proud of myself. Granted, I probably should have walked away from it when I first started having trouble making it through the chapters – and I did take a break to read Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line – but I was already two books in and wanted to see the whole thing through!

And now that I have, all I can say is… good riddance! If you’ve read my reviews of Divergent and Insurgent, the first and second books in the series, you’ll know that I’ve had a love-hate relationship with these young adult novels from the get-go. Read More

Insurgent (The Book)

John Tippie

After being pleasantly surprised by the film version of Divergent, I had somewhat high hopes for Insurgent, the second book in Veronica Roth’s post-apocalyptic young adult series. While I certainly had a number of issues with the first novel, they weren’t things that a good editor couldn’t fix. Sadly though, none of them were addressed, and I found the sequel to be just as maddening at times as the book that preceded it.

First of all, my problems with Tris herself and her relationship with Four, aka Tobias, continued, and may have actually gotten worse. I have never been in a war zone and can’t even begin to imagine how I would react in some of the scenarios that Roth’s protagonist finds herself in, but I have to agree with the other characters who found Tris to be “erratic.” She seemed to do things without really thinking them through, or about how her decisions would affect the people Read More

Divergent (The Movie)

Summit Ent./Red Wagon Ent.

In an effort to make up for the fact that I didn’t post anything on Wednesday (I know, I know, for shame!), you guys are getting a double post today! Enjoy!

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It’s true, my posts have been a little movie-heavy lately, but there are just so many films to see! After a few relatively dry years (at least in my mind), it seems like 2014 is going to be chockfull of good, or at least interesting, things to see!

Today it was Divergent.

My girlfriend M and I admitted to each other a few weeks ago that we secretly wanted to see the movie, based on Veronica Roth’s book of the same name, and figured we would give our respective boys a break from accompanying us to post-apocalyptic young adult fare, making it a girls’ afternoon out! While I’m not entirely sure what either one of us was expecting, at the end, we both agreed that Divergent was far better than we had anticipated.  Read More

Divergent (The Book)

John Tippie

I first became aware of Divergent by Veronica Roth in 2012 when Insurgent, the second book in the series, took over the “Teen Bestsellers” section at Barnes&Noble. While I thought the premise of the series sounded interesting, it was being billed as the next Hunger Games, which I wasn’t entirely happy about. (I am ridiculously devoted to Suzanne Collins’ series.) However, when I saw it being promoted on my Nook a year or so later, I decided to go ahead and buy it. And with the first movie coming out next week, I thought it was high time I actually read it!

Now that I have, I must confess, I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about it. While there were certainly times when I thought the book was moving way too fast, and there wasn’t enough plot development to make me really care about the characters, I also read it from start to finish in about two days so clearly something sucked me into the story. (Note: There may be spoilers past this point.)  Read More