Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant

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Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

When you run, you aim to run negative times, always trying to beat your previous lap. So why can this concept not be applied to literature…we should all endeavour to be better the next time, shouldn’t we?  There are so many book series that seem to get worse as you read; Twilight, Hunger Games, Divergent….

I enjoyed Divergent, the concept wasn’t unfamiliar with a very Hunger Games vibe; society sectioned off and conforming to set standards and expectations. It was also definitely a young adult read with the standard strong female lead, action, betrayal and secret love, so nothing new basically.  Having said that, a great read which I finished quickly.

Insurgent was a little odd for me but I kept reading simply to know more, although I wasn’t addicted to it like I was the first. It was pretty much the same as Divergent but with an added twist of some killed off characters returning.

Allegiant, well, it is a means to an end I guess. It reminded me of the Hunger Games trilogy in that the first two books were strong, exciting and addictive and then along came the third which saw the protagonist as a quivering mess doing odd things to save everyone but themselves. Starting strong then gradually getting worse.

I sound like I am being too harsh, I did mention that it is aimed at young adults so maybe I am being too critical. I read all 3 after all.  Actually, the books made me feel like I was watching some dystopian Barbie world come to life, dolls being controlled by humans……ooo that is a spoiler by the way!

4 star

 

 

There is a film, the reason for my reading the books in the first place. It doesn’t look that bad actually…

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The Subtle Knife

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The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Number 2 of His Dark Materials trilogy, picking up from the where Northern Lights left us and in the same way that the first book kept me completely and utterly spellbound.  This story line is becoming increasingly more intricate and complex, it amazes me just how far Pullman’s imagination can stretch, and then remember all of the little details to help keep everything together and making sense. 

I am now a quarter of the way through the final book, after only starting it yesterday evening. I will provide you with a full review of the whole trilogy very soon!!!! I love these books. 

5 star

 

 

 

 

The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Earlier in the year The Hunger Games came out in the cinema and was a true blockbuster! But, there has been great speculation as to the quality of the book to film adaptation.  At the time of watching the film I could not comment as I thought the film was fantastic, full of energy with a futuristic come period time frame that made it even more ambiguous (if not slightly unimaginative). I saw the film on a Saturday night and by the following Thursday I had finished all 3 books. The first book ‘The Hunger Games’ was fantastically riveting and I loved discovering scenes that hadn’t made it into the film. I truly felt the plight of Katniss and Peta and even cried at points, an emotion the film was unable to provoke.

‘Catching Fire’ was addictive again but more so because I was desperate to continue reading about Katniss and Peta, after finishing the first one I felt lonely that I no longer had them in my life……..does that make me sad?

The only down side to the trilogy, well down third really is the last book, ‘Mockingjay’. In a raw sense it is a good book as it is the climax of the whole series, yet it was so poorly written and rushed. It follows Katniss’ (annoying) self destruction and her inability to accept help from anyone. Collins also becomes a bit lazy in the final book and jumping through periods of time by Katniss’ fainting/sleeping/being unconscious. Plus there is the equally annoying love triangle ‘Twilight’ saga which is emphasised in this book more than the previous two.

To recommend on not to recommend……RECOMMEND.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Another book directed at teens, I just can’t seem to find adult fiction that has the same high element of fantasy and imagination!? I read this only a couple of months ago and again in a couple of days, although it is a lengthy book. A fantastic book, which has been made into a film. If you are looking for something with a lot of energy and uniqueness then this is for you.

 

 

 

Just Henry

Just Henry by Michelle Magorian

Another teen book, but I could not put this down! Such a well written book that addresses all the social limitations of post WWII Britain. Love this book, highly recommend.

Warhorse

Warhorse by Michael Morpurgo

A childrens book that has now been made into a film. Only read this week for the first time and read in 2 hours, although I was consistently teary. Captivating storyline and apparently based on a true story, but not overly elaborated (it is a childrens book after all). Great book for a light read, only 192 pages.

 

 

 

Film;

The film came out in the cinema and I could not bring myself to go play with my emotions publicly in a cinema so I waited for the DVD release.  Again, I could not watch the film in case I cried and looked like an unstable wretch. So I read the book first, then once I had been conditioned to the storyline I watched the film. Well, I have never been so angry and disappointed at a film before in my life! The book is about bravery, courage and determination, it focuses on the characters that have had an impact on Joey’s life and the reasons why. Each character is just as strong as Joey and that is what feeds his energy, but not in the film. The characters were portrayed as weak and there was no connection with any of them.  Their stories were not developed and in fact the scene where the two German troops run away is completely bizarre, not only does it not occur at all in the book but it is utterly random. Who are these boys? Why do we need to know who they are? What has Joey got to do with them?

What’s more, the film has created whole scenes and situations that simply did not happen in the book, this film is 80% crap and 20% book.