Review: The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

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is one of the best dystopian books out there. Tris was so refreshing and determined, she didn’t whine about her situation, or second guess. She knew that Dauntless was where she was meant to be. The world was fascinating, and it was easy to imagine how the world would be divided by personality traits. Everyone loves the idea of sorting themselves, whether it be in a Hogwarts house or a District, so to have Factions was really cool for fan involvement.
The romantic relationship didn’t overpower the book. Tris and Four seemed to complete each other…to begin with.
The villains were villainous. Like, actually evil. I just wanted to cower away from Peter while reading it. And what about Eric? That guy gave me the creeps, especially when he forced Christina over the edge of the cavern. The rest of the Dauntless faction were a fun bunch too, a lot of the room for moral dilemma.
Divergent was filled with action: the capture-the-flag style game is one of my favourite scenes. And, everyone loves the underdog, so watching Tris go from a weakling to a fighter was amazing. I really cheered her on the whole way. But, Dauntless was about more than physical fighting so how unforgettable were the simulations? I still can’t stop thinking about when Tris had those birds clawing into her mouth, and it’s been two years since I read the book!
What made it even more successful was the idea that there was something going on, on a larger scale. What the heck was Jeannine up to? Why were the Divergents such a threat? It meant that the sequel had a lot of potential.

I  N  S  U  R  G  E  N  T
definitely suffered from second-book-syndrome. I think this is mostly because it wasn’t as memorable as the first book. The battles were spicing up and they did a lot more…battle. And running. We can’t forget about the running.
It was definitely a good plan for the team to go to Amity. Getting to learn more about the ins and outs of each faction, and discover that things aren’t always as happy as they seem was great, because you started to wonder just how flawed the faction system was. Giving a voice to the factionless worked in the same way. Who was really better off?
But then we had Caleb who created the biggest ‘can-I-trust-you-just-because-we’re-related’ complex ever. Seriously, this guy never sorted out his priorities. And his priorities should have been with the Priors, am I right?! (Ahaha, that was too easy.)

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But Allegiant on the other hand…I don’t know how to feel about it. I love the risk Veronica Roth took with the direction of the story. Realistically, it was the only way it could have gone, and aligned with her character’s personality. It was unexpected and fresh. The two viewpoints were new too, but I found the Tris and Four’s voices became indistinguishable.
There was a lot of unnecessary death in the last two books, some were sad and others were just…emotionally fodder. There doesn’t need to be so much death to build impact. But, the most disappointing was the explanation of the divergent phenomenon. I’ve previously stated that genetic experiments are my least favourite way to clarify a dystopian story, and I think the root of that dislike lies in Allegiant. 

My length and strength of my thoughts in indicative of how I felt about the series as a whole. I can 100% see myself re-reading Divergent but the other books in the series…well, not so much. Still, I think it’s a triumph that the progression of the series doesn’t stop me from wanting to re-read the first book. It’s still a gem and always will be.

Review: Flawed by Cecilia Ahern


Flawed by Cecilia Ahern
Genre: Dystopian
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 400
Format: ARC e-book

I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

When I first saw that Cecilia Ahern, the beloved author of adult romance fiction, was coming out with a YA dystopian, I was instantly intrigued. For an author to make such a big jump in genre and target audience, is not common, and it’s something I think authors should do more of. If they want to write horror and historical fiction, why not? But, in order to be successful in more that one genre, you have to know how it works, and to me, it felt like Ahern had simply read the popular dystopians and tried her best to replicate, without knowing what’s necessary to make them actually good. 

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Spoiler Review: Insiders Duology by Maria V. Snyder


Inside Out and Outside In by Maria V. Snyder 
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Published by: Mira Ink
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★.5

I’ve made it my goal this year to try and read all of Maria V. Snyder’s works. It’ve been an avid reader of her Study series for a really long time, and her foray into dystopian sounded like exactly the kind of thing I would like. In a world were people are separated into Upper and Lowers, where the Lowers look after everyone by doing the jobs no one wants to do, we follow Trella, a scrub, who just might know how to get people to the elusive Outside where they can’t be controlled by an oppressive society run by the Controllers.

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Review: Resist by Sarah Crossan

resistResist by Sarah Crossan
Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Published by: Bloomsbury
Pages: 360
Format: Paperback
Series: Breathe (#1)
Rating: ★★★★

Luckily, I didn’t have to find out what happened next in the sequel to Breathe, because my local library has had the second book in stock for ages and finally I got to pick it up! I really loved the first book and was super excited to see how the series would conclude. I can happily say that I liked the ending and to a certain extent, wish there had been more!

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Review: Breathe by Sarah Crossan

breatheBreathe by Sarah Crossan
Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi
Published by: Bloomsbury
Pages: 373
Format: Paperback
Series: Resist (#2)
Rating: ★★★.5

I’ll admit it here and now, this was a bit of a cover buy. After reading Under the Never Sky and eventually really liking it, I thought I would give this series a try, since it seemed pretty similar! In a world where there are no longer any trees, your oxygen is controlled by Breathe and unless you’re Privileges, you lead a very restricted life. Quinn is Privileged and Bea is not, but they’re not about to let their caste dictate their friendships, together they leave the Pod and get caught up in RATS, the rebellion that wants to expose Breathe and forge a new world where everyone has the right to breathe.

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Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

16131534The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Genre: Dystopian, Aliens
Published by: Penguin Books
Pages: 316
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★
Series: The 5th Wave (#1)

The Infinite Sea has been sat on our shelves since it’s release, and finally one of us has gotten round to reading it! After finishing The 5th Wave I was really interested to see how this series would progress, as we didn’t get an awful lot of answers. You may remember that in my review of The 5th Wave I said I wanted more Ringer, and what d’ya know? Ringer’s POV makes up at least 1/2 of the book!

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Review: Rite of Revelation by Sarah Negovetich

27364670Rite of Revelation by Sarah Negovetich
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 393
Format: e-book
Rating: ★★★
Series: Rite of Rejection (#1)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

We were approached by Sarah to review the second book in her series, after reading Rite Of Rejection around this time last year. The first book in the series ends on a huge cliffhanger, and originally we didn’t think there was going to be a sequel, but there was more of Rebecca’s story to be told, so of course, we were delighted to be able to read the next instalment!

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Series Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

1359025140_8206_DeliriumDelirium, Pandemonium and Requiem by Lauren Oliver.
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Published by: Hodder
Format: Paperback
Where to Find: Goodreads

Maddie has always loved the Delirium series and she has a whole video just explaining her reasoning, and almost defending the series, because you’ll see a lot of reviews out there that say the series went down hill and the ending wasn’t what they were expecting/wanted. So, my reading experience was slightly different to perhaps others, because although I knew about the problems people had, Delirium was hyped a lot by Maddie.

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Review: Blood Red Road by Moira Young

5187ox7IAMLBlood Red Road by Moira Young
Genre: Dystopian, Apocalyptic?
Published by: Marion Lloyd Books
Pages: 417
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★
Series: Rebel Heart (#2) | Raging Star (#3)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

Blood Red Road had been recommened to me multiple times, and it seemed exactly like the kind of books I loved, however, I didn’t completely fall  for the characters or the world, and I have to admit that I was slightly disappointed.

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Review: The Heir by Keira Cass

the heirThe Heir by Kiera Cass
Genre: Dystopian
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 342
Format: E-Book
Series: The Selection (#1), The Elite (#2), The One (#3)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon | Author

Before we get to the review, we would to point our readers in the direction of Kristina Horner’s video review, because in 14 minutes it will perfectly summarise a lot of how we feel about The Heir. 

On reflection The Selection was a fun series, with an intriguing cast of characters that you only really appreciate the quality of once you have subjected yourself to this spin-off sequel.

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