# 2 & # 3: Divergent & Insurgent

#2 & # 3

by Veronica Roth

Dates Started/Ended: Read both of these between January and February sometime.

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: Dystopia Fiction (I think I make up my own genres.)

Pages: 576 (Divergent)  592 (Insurgent)

I decided to do these two books as one post, since they are part of a trilogy. I picked up this book after seeing it on a board on Pinterest – “25 series to read if you like The Hunger Games.”  I was a bit skeptical of these books, because I didn’t want to read another author’s rendition of The Hunger Games, and I was pleased with the books overall.

In this series, all of society is divided into 5 factions. When they become 16 they have a choosing ceremony to choose which faction they want to spend their life living for.  The factions are based on virtues- honesty, bravery, intelligence, peacefulness, and selflessness. The main character, Beatrice, was born Abnegation (the selfless).

Before their faction choosing day, they take an aptitude test, unlike any we have ever experienced before. The testers inject them with a serum that causes them to enter a “simulation.” They monitor the person’s brain activity, and the way they interact with the events in the simulation determines the faction that they are the best fit for. Most people have results that show aptitude for one faction. However, the main character’s results show aptitude for multiple factions-Divergent-which she soon finds out is dangerous.

She is faced with the decision to abandon her family and her born faction, which is highly looked down upon, to go to a new faction for which she is better suited. She enters a competition in her faction to be the best among the initiates. Harboring her secret, during the competition she learns a lot about herself, her friends, and her “perfect” society.

The second book picks up right where the first one leaves off. War has broken out among the society and the factions. The characters are faced with choices about secrets that affect their family, their friendships, and even themselves. The second book is quiet the page turner.

What I love about this book: I love books that are set in this type of society. It really pushes you to think about side the box, and get to know the characters on a deeper level. I think authors that write these type of books are really creative, which is what makes the books so enjoyable to me.

The burning question: Was it as good as Hunger Games? I think it is going to be hard to find a series that will top Hunger Games, for me. It so far, has been a good trilogy, and certainly a good choice if you enjoyed the Hunger Games, but don’t expect this book to top the trilogy for you. But, then again, you never know!

The final book of this trilogy is coming out in October 2013. I am looking forward to reading it.

“A memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away.”                      -Publishers Weekly

#1 : Never Knowing

by Chevy Stevens

by Chevy Stevens

Date started: Sometime during Christmas break

Date ended: Right around new years, when I decided I would keep track of all the books I’ve read this year.

Author: Chevy Stevens

Genre: Psychological Thriller

This book, I purchased in the summer with a B&N gift card from one of my fabulous students last year, as an end of the year present. However, it sat on my shelf, until Christmas break, because I was dragging out The Hunger Games series, because I loved it so much.

This is the second book that Stevens has published, and I have read them both. Her first book, Still Missing, was my first purchase on my Nook, and it was a page turner! My fascination with serial killers (I promise, I am not weird) drew me to Still Missing, so I was highly anticipating reading her second book, Never Knowing, and it did not disappoint.

In this book, the main character, Sara, is adopted. Later in her life, she feels the need to look for her birth mother, only to find out that her birth mother wants no contact with her, whatsoever. Of course, that isn’t enough for her, and she continues to search, realizing that her mother was the only victim who escaped a serial rapist.

What I love about this book: She works to try to understand her father, and this book really puts your mind in a new place. I like books that force me to think about unusual situations, such as this one, that the main character is faced with.

These books aren’t really a series, however, her next book that is coming out later this year, Always Watching, will feature a pretty important main character that has made “appearances” in both of her books so far. The end of Never Knowing, kind of gives you a few hints towards the next book wrapped up in this story.

Overall, it was a great book especially for people who enjoy psychological thrillers. If you are looking for something to read, I’d recommend both of her books.

“A terrifying, chilling scenario that unfolds into a nightmare and had me keeping the light on at night.”

Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Sister

Why start a book blog…

…is a valid question. I don’t even really know. I just had the idea, and I figured I’d see where it takes me.

I wasn’t always a reader. In fact, I don’t remember even learning how to read. Thanks to an eager mom and “Hooked on Phonics” I entered kindergarten already “reading.” Although, I don’t remember much about reading, until 4th grade. And I didn’t LOVE reading then, either. I remember my teacher reading aloud to us the story of C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and something there lit a spark, not a fire, but a spark. Even after remembering that fantastical journey through that story, I still wasn’t in love with reading.

It wasn’t until a few years later, when a few things came together, did I really start to want to read on my own. Those things, for those who are curious were, my love for being outdoors, a library in walking distance, and a town-population 2500-where all my friends were out of town, it seemed, for the summer.

I remember walking with my dog to the library, where he’d sit and patiently await my return, just outside the door. One of my first books that I fell in love with was Hatchet. Not your typical choice of a tween girl. However, I remember reading outside, hearing the noises of nature, being right there with Brian, in that Canadian wilderness, and since that moment, I have always enjoyed losing myself in someone else’s story.

So why start a book blog…mostly, so that I can remember the stories I have read, and to keep track of it for myself [because I am that type of person.] But maybe, just maybe someone will get lost in a book, the same way I do every time I open The Cover. . .