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REVIEW // “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth

2 Feb

“Allegiant” by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3)

“Allegiant” by Veronica Roth
3 Stars “I Liked It”
Young Adult Dystopian

When I recommend books to friends, the Divergent series makes the cut, but it’s not at the top of the list. From the beginning the main problem I had with the series was the ridiculous society that Tris, Four and the gang live in. A world where people are divided by factions? With the Divergent —able to be intelligent, selfless, brave, etc all at once— being the odd ones out? It just didn’t make sense.

Allegiant brings us closure to the trilogy, and answers as to how and why the world got to the point of separating individuals by faction. We pick up where Insurgent left off, with Tris, Christina and the rest of the gang (sans Tobias) in lockup for revealing the Edith Prior video to their entire city. Tobias’ mother has taken charge and is putting them on trial for treason. Blah blah, stuff happens, ultimately, they leave the city and discover what lays beyond Chicago and the Factions.

The story is full of emotions, I’m not ashamed to say that I cried like a baby at the end. Tobias discovers things about himself that make him question who he is, resulting in some poor choices. Tris, as always, stays true to her beliefs but realizes that when you love someone, you love them entirely, faults and all.

The back cover of the book proclaims “ONE CHOICE” all over and that is the central theme. One choice can make the difference between life and death, love and betrayal. One choice can change your entire world. And in the end, one choice did change their entire world.

While reading Allegiant I noticed the very matter of fact, staccato way the book was written. Both from Tris and Tobias’s POV’s. I can’t remember if the other books were that way but I’m not sure how I feel about it. I suppose I prefer more “flowery” text versus this very sterile writing style.

While this book, and series, is not one I’ll probably re-read, it is one that I’m glad I read. It was a book that at 500 odd pages I managed to devour in about six days. And I am by no means a quick reader.

When it comes to rating this book in stars, I have to go with dead center, 3 stars. I didn’t dislike the book, but I didn’t love it. Books with endings like this just leave me unsure how to feel. So…. 3 stars it is.

REVIEW ~ The Bleeding Crowd by Jessica Dall

27 Aug

“The Bleeding Crowd” by Jessica Dall

5 Stars “It Was Amazing”

“The Bleeding Crowd” is a dystopian New Adult novel that brings a new spin on feminism.

Dahlia is a young woman who has never seen a man before in her life. Her world is dominated by females and the men are kept locked away in “camps” and are only allowed out for the “physical needs” of the women, and for procreation. Most women don’t give them a second thought.

When we meet Dahlia she has just turned 20, the age at which a woman is allowed her very first encounter with a man. Five men are essentially put in a lineup in front of her, behind a two way mirror, and she has to pick one. Dahlia has no interest in men whatsoever, so she simply chooses one who is attractive enough and closest to her own age.

That’s not to say that Dahlia is a lesbian, oh no, all women are tested early on in life and if you are a lesbian you are quickly removed from society and sent to train to be a guard at the men’s camps because, obviously, lesbian’s cannot be corrupted by the men. Right?

Enter Ben, he has been chosen by Dahlia and is hers to be called upon for booty calls whenever she wants for a set period of time, before she is required to switch him out for “another model.” (Wouldn’t want any of the women to get too attached now would we?). Ben is a rebel, looking for anything to help the cause. However, he falls for Dahlia. Hard. But will Dahlia fall for him? Will she give up everything to be with a man? Fight for a cause she’s not sure she believes in?

I loved this book. The dialogue is cleaver and witty. When I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about this book.

I loved the relationship between Dahlia and Ben. At one point, I chucked to myself because what popped into my head was the Taylor Swift song “The Way I Loved You” – specifically the lines “but I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain and it’s 2 AM and I’m cursing your name, you’re so in love that you act insane and that’s the way I loved you.” I think that about sums up their romance. They are both so stubborn, if they’re not fighting, they’re loving.

The other character that I really loved was Jude, Ben’s best friend. I’m not sure exactly what it is about him that I enjoyed so much, but I’ll tell you this, I wouldn’t mind reading more from his point of view!

The world itself is nicely built, I felt like this could in fact be a reality if humanity let things to that far.

To sum things up, If you like Dystopian NA (New Adult) romances, this is the book for you.

*** NOTE: This book does contain swearing and sexual content. Nothing graphic, but it is certainly for 18+

***Note: This book is published by the company I work for, but I stand by my review that this is an awesome book!

Buy it here:  http://melange-books.com/authors/jessicadall/bleedingcrowd.html

 

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