Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Hello! My apologies, I haven’t posted in almost a month! My weekends had been astoundingly busy with sports and school; the trimester was closing, which meant a lot of tests and homework. Without further or do, I will get on with this book review…

Image result for shatter meFirst off I will admit that I loved the cover of this book; I don’t know how to describe it as anything but simply very creative and pretty. Anyways, I had always been tempted to read this, because one of my favorite genres is dystopian. I found out about it a while back watching a book vlogger, although I unfortunately can not get my hands on the video to share with you all.

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The outside world has turned into an ugly place. Everything has turned either unnatural or dead: the animals, plants, and even oxygen seems to be on a horrific shortage.

Juliette has been imprisoned in an psychiatric institution, or better known as an asylum, because of her lethal touch that is feared by people across the country. She has been held in captivity here for 264 days; 264 days with no communication, or interaction with another human being. The Reestablishment Society imprisons her here because they believe she is guilty of murder, although she has never forgiven herself for the dread her power has caused others.

The society keeps her alive because they believe that this 17 year old girl can be used as a weapon against other countries in their contest of power. They know they have at last found the key to winning their war against the world, but will Juliette stand by their side? The choice of either the likelihood death or cooperating with the enemy is hers.

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I enjoyed the style of writing in this book; it was quite of straight forward, and I think that it was written this way to express the main Juliette’s style of thinking. Another feature of this novel are the crossed out words, that seem to be describing her regrets and inner thoughts to you.

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It did take me a little bit to get used to this, but I ended up enjoying it. In addition, the author doesn’t spell out any numbers, which I believe adds to the importance of them because they tend to pop out more this way. Juliette mentions numbers many times, considering when she is locked up in the asylum, alone, and her only source of entertainment is counting how long she has been imprisoned.

Generally, I moved along the book at a fair pace, considering the novel was quite action filled. Preferably, it would be more interesting if the book used different POVs for each chapter, although I do recall that the fourth installment, Destroy Me, is in Warner’s (the leader of the Reestablishment Society) POV.

Looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
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The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

The Selection is literally a replica of The Hunger Games (I don’t need to do a review on that book, right?  Everyone should know that The Hunger Games obviously 5 stars!), except of course, with drama in substitute of violence.  In the summary you’ll notice that this is true.

Anyways, the first three books are great, but the author, Kiera, really should have stopped there.  I think that she may have dragged on the subject with The Heir (the 4th book), when as the title clearly displays, the story is retold but with the main character’s heir (Eadlyn).

Rating:

This is a four star series because it the main idea of the Selection is great, but I wasn’t a fan of the rebellion stuff or whatever that came after that.  Anyways, this is another dystopian fiction novel, and if you like that then you should love this series. (Just keep in mind that it is meant to be more drama and a lot less action and adventure.)

Summary:

America Singer lives in a society where it is broken up into eight castes.  America happens to live in five, one of the poorest castes, and unfortunately she has a family of seven to help take care of.  But when the Selection arrives, a competition where a group of girls are chosen to visit the palace and try to win over Prince Maxon’s heart, she wants nothing to do with it.  Although, America’s family is desperate for money, and she knows that entering the competition would be the perfect solution.

The chances that she’s picked is one in a million.  She dreads for her named to be called.  If America is chosen, everything will change for her and her family.  The problem is, is this change going to end up a happily ever after, or are those only found in storybooks?

Back to the Intro:

So obviously the Hunger Games has a lot in common with this book.  I mean, the main start off in a poor section of their society, and must enter life changing competitions.

 

The Legend Trioligy by Marie Lu

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The Legend Series are one of my all time favorite books.  The topics of the story are based around government corruption, and the genre is adventure.

Rating:

I give this series 4 1/2 stars because the beginning starts off slightly slow, and feels very predictable.  Although, not to far into the action, you suddenly begin to question what you thought was true, making it quite the attention grabber.  Infact, I read the entire series in nearly a week!  And although this series came close, it wasn’t my top favorite, so I’m saving 5 stars for that one!!

Summary:
Troublemaker June Ispiris, becomes famous for being one of the smartest in the Republic, after achieving a perfect score on the test, which had never been done before.  She lives solely with her older brother Metias until he was mysteriously killed on a mission.  June is set out to crack the case, determined to find out who killed him, so she can seek revenge.

Day, the Republic’s most wanted criminal is the prime suspect of the murder, so June goes undercover to work with him, to find evidence that he is guilty.  But as some of the Republic’s dark secrets begin to unfold, June starts to question the ones she once was loyal to, and wonders if maybe she should stop faking working with Day.  Maybe the ones working with the Republic are the truly evil, and the criminal is truly the hero.

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

This is my favorite ever series, and Insurgent has made to the top of my favorite books list!  In my opinion, this series is a definite must read, especially if you like action and adventure or dystopian fiction.  These books were made into good movies, but as always, the books are better, so read them first.  On the other hand, be sure to watch out for Ascendant, hitting theaters June 9, 2017!

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4 3/4 Flowers

Yes, this series deserves 5 stars!  I do have to admit, the first 50 pages of Divergent does start off not so fascinating, because this is when our main character, Beatrice (or Tris) is explaining how her society works and her life in the sector of Chicago called Abnegation.  In this sector (or Faction) everyone is supposed to be selfless, which doesn’t happen to be very exciting or action filled obviously.

I think that all of Insurgent and Allegiant make up for that though, and I think you’ll agree once you’ve read them.  Then there is the conclusion of the series, in Allegiant, which in most people’s opinions is the worst possible ending anyone could think of.  (The earth may as well had blown up in the end.)  Although I clearly wasn’t a fan of the out-tro, and the intro was just okay, I still have to say that all the parts in the middle are more than amazing!!!  The author, Veronica, did a great job with the dystopian theme, and main characters.

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Tris Prior lives in the dystopian Chicago, where the society is broken up into five factions.  There are Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless), and Candor (the honest).  Tris has grown up in Abnegation with her family, but when she turns sixteen the choosing ceremony arrives.  At this event, she must choose whether she wants to remain in her current faction, Abnegation, or change factions.

To help decide what faction to choose, she takes the aptitude test, which determines which faction she is most cut out for.  However, when Tris takes it, she discovers she is Divergent: a combination of three of the factions. When you’re different, others fear you, and the government wants you killed.  To save herself from a lethal fate, Tris must hide herself, because different is dangerous.

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