onsdag 16 maj 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth - Review

This review contains spoilers for Divergent. If you haven´t read it what are you doing?! Go. Read. Now. 

Insurgent was one of those books I´ve been looking forward to for a long time, pretty much since since I finished Divergent! I think I´ve spoken about how nervous I am before reading the sequel to a book I´ve loved. I worry, I fret, I try to keep my hopes down, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn´t.

Let me just say that any nervousness I may have felt was TOTALLY UNECESSARY.

It´s been quite a while since I read Divergent and in the beginning it was a bit tricky to remember who all the characters were and where they were. To help with this a friend sent me this link: But I read Divergent a year ago It´s a very good guide to remembering stuff written by Veronica herself.

We pick up pretty much where we left off in Divergent in the Amity compound where they´ve fled following the Erudite attack. Plot wise there were a lot of surprises; big ones and small ones. The writing is rich, the prose engaging. It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

The quick pace was paired with quieter moments, many of them with Tris and Tobias. And let me tell you, those two *sigh*. They love each other but they don´t always agree with each other or like each others decisions which makes it so realistic. It´s not all hearts and flowers and for just a tiny smidgen of a second, I was worried for them.

My love for Tris knows no bounds. Katniss can go hide in a corner somewhere because this is a real character! Being a divergent she is a kickass, determined kind of person and she is a strong girl. But she´s still human. She feels sad and weak and stubborn and every other emotion. The guilt she feels over Will´s death and her sorrow over her parents death is palatable. And she makes mistakes because people do. But she also grows and learns which people also do :)

And by the way, Tobias (Four) is pretty darn awesome too :)

Now the waiting starts for the next book...

söndag 6 maj 2012

Blood Red Road - Moira Young

Saba has lived all her life in the dried up wasteland of Silverlake where she and her family are constantly ravaged by sandstorms and the punishing sun. Saba´s family is her father, her little sister Emmie and her twin brother Lugh. Her brother means everything to Saba, though twins they look nothing alike, he is blonde and beautiful she is scrawny and dark. As long as the two of them are together, everything is alright.

One day a sandstorm sweeps across their home bringing with it four horsemen who kidnap Lugh. Seeing no other alternative Saba sets off on the quest to rescue her brother. On the way she meets, and reluctantly befriends, a gang of girl revolutionaries called Free Hawks and a daredevil named Jack.

Though slow in the beginning the story picks up pace and I was literally tearing through the pages! The world is interesting and well drawn, the author gives us hints as to where and when it might be without revealing too much. Many words were purposefully misspelled which bothered me a bit in the beginning but after a while I got used to it. It even felt natural, and completely possible, the way the words had morphed and evolved.

Now Saba. She isn´t a very likeable girl at least not in a good portion of the book. In fact she´s pretty angry and selfish and clearly shows her contempt for her little sister. But she is also brave, extremely determined with crazy survival instincts. In fact, those three treats go for all the women in the story. No damsels in distress as far as the eye can see! Saba gets better as the story goes though and I grew to like her a lot. And there´s Jack of course *sigh*, he´s cheeky and forthright and knows exactly how to push Saba´s buttons and seems to know her instantly. I really enjoyed their interactions.

So all in all an enjoyable read, a few too predictable twists in the end but not too bad to spoil my enjoyment of the book.

The next installment of the Dustland series is expected late October of this year.