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Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

Anyone heard of the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth? It’s only the most popular, most anticipated movie to come out this year. There’s two books in the trilogy currently, Divergent and Insurgent, with another coming out October 22, 2013 to be named Allegiant.

The series follows sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior who lives in a society where people are divided into factions. There’s Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). When Beatrice takes the aptitude test, she finds she doesn’t fit into just one faction, but three (Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless). She is called a Divergent and to never tell  anyone. When Choosing Day comes around, Beatrice must leave her dull life in Abnegation and Beatrice decides to join the Dauntless. Nicknaming herself Tris, Beatrice tries to fit in and survive the hardcore, dangerous initiation of a Dauntless initiate. Tris must push herself to place higher in the ranks of initiates so she doesn’t get cut before being named a full-fledged member. Along the way, she must keep her secret hidden even from the boy she falls in love with. Tensions heighten between the factions, and Tris sees what being divergent really means.

The divergent trilogy is one of the best apocalyptic series out there right now. I love the action scenes that Tris and the Dauntless bring to the book. It keeps the reader begging for more but also worrying for Tris’s safety. The relationship between Tris and Four is unstable but sweet nonetheless. Despite all the obstacles, their love survives. Likewise, the enemy faction  in the book definitely threatens the main characters of the book, but Roth creates an amazing ending filled with loss and love.

Anyone who likes the Divergent Trilogy would like the Matched trilogy and the Hunger Games trilogy.

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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I will be covering The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. The next book to be released October 29th will be named Never Fade.

The book main character is named Ruby. She is 16 years old and survived a plague that killed almost all the kids in America. Every child that survived it including her develop abilities that created fear in the adult community. In an attempt to contain the kids, concentration camps are created all over the nation. These “camps” are a nightmare for the kids because there’s experimentation, torture and murder. Ruby has spent 6 years in the camp hiding because her ability is dangerous, and others like her don’t stay long in camp. When the truth comes out about her ability, she is offered an escape she can’t resist. Though once outside, Ruby realizes her rescuers may not be the right people to be with. She escapes them as well and meets up with a group of other escapees hiding in a van. They take her into their group and continue their search for the kid refuge called East River. Once they arrive, things aren’t as they seem. Love is found, battle ensues, and an ultimate sacrifice is made by one of the characters.

The Darkest Minds is a suspenseful, apocalyptic novel that paints a darker picture of America after a disease strikes. The characters including Ruby and her group of friends have a great dynamic that leads them to succeed throughout the novel. Ruby especially was interesting to learn about because of her fear of herself and her ability. It’s interesting to think about how powerful she is but see how much she considers herself a monster. The constant struggle between the kids and the people trying to stop them is intense and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.

I recommend the Gone series by Michael Grant and the Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans to anyone who likes this book!

Hope you enjoyed! 🙂

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