Allegiant-A Spoiler Filled Discussion

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Now that I’ve written my spoiler free review, website I’ve decided to jump into the books and discuss the moments that have been discussed all over the internet, doctor and discuss why I loved this book.

This is your last warning! I will be discussing spoilers from this point on, search so if you haven’t read it yet, I’d suggest you stop reading this and go over to my spoiler FREE review here. 

All right. Moving on.

There has been a TON of hate and extremely negative reviews for Veronica Roth’s last installment of her Divergent Trilogy.

And her’s the thing: I was insanely surprised at the ending that she presents to us. She kills Tris Prior. Tris Prior who is the MAIN character of her novel. That’s almost unheard of. Almost.

This caused tears galore for me. I couldn’t stop crying, some of it was shock and some of it was just pure heartbreak at the thought of this character that I’ve grown to love and admire as dead. It was incredible. I never thought that she would do that but I honestly felt like it was the most logical solution to the situation that was happening in the book.

So I expected people to be surprised, upset, heartbroken. I thought that there would be a little anger but this outpouring of heartbreak and that all the Divergent fans would come swooping together to mourn together.

Yeah, that’s not what happened. People are PISSED, they are angry. They are saying its the worst ending to a series ever, they’re threatening Veronica on Twitter and Instagram. The reviews all over the interwebs are just awful, AND people are going up to Veronica at her Allegiant events, and telling her straight to her face, how much they disliked the book.

And I think so much of it boils down to the fact that she killed off Tris Prior.

I understand. I do. I almost wanted to throw the book when it happened too. I was in so much shock. There’s a small chunk of book left after her death, so there’s some processing time. I knew I liked the book immediately, but in the aftermath and recovery process of the book, I discovered more and more why I liked the book and why I agree with the choices that Veronica makes.

She kills off four characters that have been with us since the very first book: Edward, Tori, Uriah and Tris. And each of their deaths were hard to bear, the last two especially for me. But I think that Veronica recognizes what other authors have recognized: that in a war, a rebellion, a battle, a fight…people die. You can’t be picky and choosy on who dies in something like that. I think she took a page out of JKR’s strategy and definitely George R.R. Martin’s strategy, and realized that important people were going to die.

I mean, have read Game of Thrones? The main character dies in the VERY FIRST BOOK. Yeah. All these people insulting this book and Veronica Roth? Don’t read the first Game of Thrones book…or any of them really.

Tris’s death, to me, makes a lot of sense. The way it plays out is a bit awkward but I don’t think her actual death is unexpected. I mean it is because she’s the main character and I don’t think people expect the main character to die. But Tris, as a character, sacrificing herself for her friends and her family, the people that she loves? That is incredibly expected of her. When everyone accepts that Caleb will be the one to die, to sacrifice himself for the good of everyone else, I was surprised. I wasn’t surprised that Christina or Matthew or Peter or Four or anyone else would be okay with that, but I was incredibly surprised that Tris was okay with that. Despite his betrayal, Tris loves her brother, unconditionally, and she’s the reason they saved him from his execution at the hands of Evelyn. I couldn’t imagine her letting Caleb die, I just couldn’t.

So it made sense to me that Tris decided to task the risk and she died, in the hopes that the people she loved would be safe. She offers herself up in Insurgent to die to keep others safe, why would it be such a surprise that she does it in this novel? It was a VERY Tris-like action, and I think that her dying is more plausible than Four, who I think a lot of people believed would die.

Besides, we need to look at Veronica Roth as an author and as a person. She’s a Christian and a born-again Christian and she has some strong religious views that we do see peeking out of her story at times. She has not hesitated to thank God in every single one of her novels. I think that she used the sort of allusion as a sacrificing Christ figure in her book, and it honestly makes sense. Sure, Tris doesn’t resurrect like Jesus does but I think that Veronica was going with the more realistic approach, and I think its beautiful. Its a beautiful sacrifice. It reminds me of the sacrifice that Harry Potter makes in going into his death. Again, Harry lives but I think Veronica took more of a risk and I personally thought it was absolutely beautiful.

I think also we need to think of Veronica herself. She is my age, only 25, and even though she’s incredibly popular and has been reviewed so highly, she is still a person with feelings and emotions. She has expressed her concern over things like this, and has sought out help due to anxiety and stress. Whether or not you agree with the ending, to attack an author, and to say the things that have been said to her…its just ridiculous and absolutely immature. A book is an author’s baby, the same way a painting is to an artist or a song is to a musician. Whether you like a book or not, you should never attack it or the author.

Which brings me to this point: who are you to say that you know better than the author, the creator of the world and the characters? My friend Paulina said something, like, people get confused on the differences between a bad book and a book that simply does not end the way you wish it to. I think that happened a lot with this. People expected it to end a certain way…they wanted to be surprised, shocked, they knew it would break their hearts, but I’m sure everyone expected Fourtris (Four and Tris, for those not in the know) to live together happily ever after. Don’t they always? But they don’t, and I think a lot of anger comes from that.

Look, these are Veronica’s characters and she can tell the story, and treat them as she sees fit. And you don’t have to agree with that. One of my contributors is not a fan of the ending, but the way in which she handled her disappointment and dislike was done in an incredibly mature way. You may not like what Veronica has done with her characters and that’s okay! I’m not saying you’re wrong. I disagree with that, but we are allowed to disagree.

What I do disagree with is the disrespect being shown to Veronica Roth and her books, the amount of hate mail she is getting, the threats and the all around immaturity that I’m seeing from readers. I have seen one person on Twitter, tweeting Veronica incessantly, offering payment for a better ending to the book. That’s just ridiculous. Handle this like a mature adult, accept that this is the ending of the series whether you enjoy it or not, and move on.

I could go on and on about this. Its not necessarily my job to convince you that I’m right and that the ending is a good one, even though it is in my own opinion. I was heartbroken, I cried, and I definitely will be reading the book again, eventually, after I get through my insane stack of books waiting for me to read.

My job is to convince you that we all need to be respectful when in regards to someone else’s work. We may not always like what we see or what we read or what we hear but this is someone’s hard work. Someone poured their soul and hard work and their heart into something like this and we cannot sit here and presume to know better than them. Veronica Roth wrote the book that she set out to write, and she obviously took the time to make sure that it was the right book and the right story, because quite a bit of time has passed since the release of Insurgent.

And here’s my last thing: if you don’t like the ending of Allegiant, write yourself some fan fiction and move on.

Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Divergent Moments

Today is the day, information pills my friends. It is 9:45 here, viagra dosage in California but most other places, its midnight and Allegiant has released. Which means, its released for me too! Which means its already downloaded to my Kindle RIGHT NOW.

Do you know how hard it is to write this post when all I want to do is dive into this book?

But alas, I will finish this post in a timely manner and then you guys will basically lose me until I finish this book :)

So in order to celebrate the release of the final book in the Divergent trilogy, I have decided to count down my top Ten moments in the Divergent trilogy…so far. I hope you enjoy them!

P.S. There will DEFINITELY be spoilers for Divergent and Insurgent in this post. You have been warned.

10. The Raven Tattoos

I love when Tris gets her tattoos, the three ravens on her collarbone. I think its a real turning point for her. She still has loyalties to her family and to the faction of Abnegation but she realizes she has to sway her loyalties toward the Dauntless in order to become one, and not a factionless. I think this moment shows her accepting that she can have both, in different ways. The Dauntless mostly all have tattoos and by getting this tattoo, she is stepping into their world. But because she gets three tattoos for her mother, father and brother, it shows she will always love them, no matter what factions they are in. I think its incredibly sweet and amazing. I plan on getting the exact same tattoo soon, so I can’t wait to be part of that with her.

9. Tris’ First Simulation

When Tris goes under the simulation, in order to determine which faction that she fits the best with, I don’t know what any of us expected. This is so soon in the book, it happens so fast before we even really know Tris or the society that she lives in. But this right here shows so much about her. It shows her strength, her intelligence, her courage and bravery and her ability to think quickly and her ability to lie as well. Its amazing how quickly you can become acquainted with, and fall in love with, Tris, in this one scene. Its also when we find out that she’s Divergent, which is SO pivotal to the entirety of the series.

8. Amity and Tris

When Tris goes to Amity, after the disaster events that happen in Divergent, and she is injected with the peace serum, and she just acts ridiculous? I just love it. Because I feel like we’ve gotten two different versions of her. We get the silent, selfless, “stiff” Beatrice of Abnegation and then we get the strong, brave Tris of Dauntless, and seeing this silly and carefree Tris, where she’s acting free and open. She’s saying all these things that she’s never said before and its just fantastic. Amidst all the chaos that is going on in their society, the fact that we are able to laugh for this scene is fantastic. I’m sure not sure how many humorous moments that we are going to have in Allegiant so this was a nice moment.

7. Peter Saving Tris

I didn’t expect this in the slightest. You think Tris is going to die, or be tortured, and you feel absolutely completely hopeless. I mean, I can’t even imagine how much hopeless I could have felt in that moment with Jeanine. So when Peter saves Tris, SAVES her, I was in shock, but I don’t know. I kind of felt for Peter in that moment. You hate him so much, he’s just an enemy but you can’t help but like him at least a little bit in that moment. He risks his life, does everything he can, and saves Tris. I kind of have hope for Peter now. I don’t know whats going to happen to him in the future, but you just never know.

6. The End of Insurgent

Come on! That cliffhanger, where they watch the video, and you see Edith Prior and then things go to chaos and then the book just ends! I remember thinking, this can’t be happening. I read Insurgent when it came out nearly a year and a half ago, and I thought, there is no way that I have to wait that long to figure out what happens next. I seriously think its one of Veronica Roth’s best moments because she knows exactly how to create a huge drama, and then just leave you hanging, panting, dying for the next thing to happen. Its intense and insane.

5. Knife Throwing Scene

Okay, so Four decides, hmmm, I’m gonna throw knives at Tris to teach her a lesson or something and he nicks her ear on purpose and makes her bleed. He’s a total jerk in that scene. But for some reason, every single girl who has read that book loves that scene and we totally fall even more in love with Four than we already were. We’re all mentally thinking, I wish a boy would throw knives at my head in a desperate attempt to tell me how much he is in love with me. It literally makes no sense whatsoever, but it just is one of those scenes that sticks with you. That’s why it was the VERY first still that was released from the filming. And even though its kind of crazy, I think it also shows the strength and fear in both of them, testing each other strengths and fears in that moment. Its a bonding moment for them, though they don’t even know it.

4. Four’s Fear Landscape

I like this scene because this is the moment that you realize there’s so much more to Four than just that tough guy, stoic attitude. He has fears, not a lot of them, but they’re all so real and full. I think showing Tris really is his way of telling her how much she means to someone. The fear landscapes open us up to a person, our souls, and you sort of lay yourself bare to a person when you show them  that. By taking Tris into his landscape, and even letting her discover his true identity, he is opening himself up to Tris, completely. Its a beautiful scene. For the first time, you sort of believe that Tris is just as strong, if not stronger, than Four

3. The Ferris Wheel

There are two ways in which I love this scene. First off, you get the fact that Tris is incredibly intelligent in the scene and that she shouldn’t be underestimated. Ever. While everyone is bickering on how to handle the Capture the Flag situation, she decides, I’m going to climb this ridiculously huge Ferris Wheel in order to see what the other team is up to. And she does it, she shows the bravery to do it as well. But I like it as well, because I think that this is the turning point for Four when it comes to Tris. I think he had always noticed her, she was another Abnegation transfer, but this moment where she just shows her ultimate bravery and she’s so calm, it stands out to him. It also helps that climbing this far up, being high up, is a fear for him, and to see her tackle it is huge. Its a scene that I’m dying to see in the movie. I can’t wait for this.

2. Four’s First “I Love You”

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This really speaks it all. Its the most absolute perfect way for it to happen. It reminds me so much of my own first “I love you” with my boyfriend. It was absolutely perfect. Its not the way you picture it or imagine it. Its not beautiful or over-the-top, but its amazing. Its amazing just exactly the way it is. So I can’t say much more than that. Its beautiful. It shows the perfection of them as a couple.

1. Tris’ First Jump

I think I knew I loved Tris as a character when you see the way she is in her simulation but when she decides to switch to Dauntless and she is the first one to jump into that chasm, where she just has to have faith that there will be something down there to catch her…its the moment that Tris becomes one of my absolute favorite characters. Tris is the only transfer from Abnegation and everyone is making fun of her, and they’re already underestimating her before she can even do anything and the fact that she undresses herself a bit and throws it at Peter, and then takes that first jump. Its beautiful and I love that scene. Its also the scene where she and Four meet for the first time, and where she changes her name from Beatrice to Tris, so I just love it. Its the one scene where I’ll probably tear up and jump up and down in my seat for in the movie. Of course.

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I hope you enjoyed this edition of the Tuesday Top Ten. Now I must go to my bed, curl up with my Kindle and dive into this book.

If you don’t see me for a few hours, that’s where I am!

Share your own Divergent and Insurgent moments in the comments below! NO spoilers for Allegiant! 

Tuesday Top Ten-Must Read Book Releases of the Fall

There are SO many books coming out this fall that I honestly don’t know if I’m going to be able to keep up! I already have a stack of books on my table my bed, view and about 20-something books on my Kindle that need to be read, malady and I’m just NEVER going to catch up haha.

But despite that, rx there are a TON of books coming out this fall that I am insanely excited for, and these ten are ones that I will definitely be picking up.

10. Unbreakable by Kami Garcia 

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I’ve heard a LOT of good things about this book so far. I’m not a big Beautiful Creatures fan. I read the first book, and thought it was just okay. However, now that Kami and Margaret are writing solo books, I’m curious. They’ve obviously garnered a lot of attention from those books, and I’ve heard from others that Icons by Margaret Stohl is really good. So I thought, meh, why not? Then I read the description. The story follows Kennedy, who, after the death of her mother, discovers there was so much more going on than she ever knew. Her mom was part of a supernatural secret society and now she has been thrown into the mix, and must take her mother’s place. I love anything supernatural and I’ve heard from some people who got their hands on advanced copies that its very Supernatural like, mixed with lots of suspense, romance and action and that just sounds like a seriously good time. This book comes out next week, which I’m very excited about and I hope to make it to the book release signing in Los Angeles that day in order to pick up a copy!

9. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

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I think James Dashner is an absolutely brilliant writer, and I loved The Maze Runner. I had issues getting into The Scorch Trials but its on my “to-finish” list and I’m determined to go back and finish the series. However, again, he’s a great writer and a great storyteller so any book by him is going to immediately catch my attention. This book is reminicent of The Maze Runner but in such a different way. You have the main character, Michael, who is a gamer, and spends most of his time on the VirtNet. Suddenly it all goes bad when a gamer takes things too far, uses technology the wrong way and starts holding gamers hostage. Michael has been watched for awhile now and he’s brought in to help catch the guy. This sounds absolutely amazing, and I honestly can’t wait to read it. It sounds like something that will appeal to both girls and guys, which I notice has been becoming a problem in YA lit lately. But James Dashner has a way of writing a universal story and I think he’ll accomplish that again with this book.

8. Shadowhunter Codex by Cassandra Clare

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I seriously can’t wait for this book. For those of you already familiar with the Shadowhunter Chronicles, you know what this is and no explanation is needed. For those of you who don’t, this is almost like the Shadowhunter bible. It shares the history and the culture and the breakdown of being a Shadowhunter and the world that surrounds them. It is the 411 on everything we’ve ever wanted to know about being a part of that world. Think if we got Hogwarts, A History or History of Magic from Harry Potter. Yeah, exactly. This is a hugely important book in that series, and for us to get this is going to be insanely exciting. To really see inside what it takes to be a Shadowhunter, and the rules and customs and all of that, is going to be VERY exciting and I honestly am dying to read this. I think I may be able to convince myself that I’m a Shadowhunter if I have this book.

7. Unsouled by Neal Shusterman 

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Unwind, the first novel of this series, was one of those  books that people kept telling me about and it was a book that I would see at bookstores but I wouldn’t really pay attention to it. Finally, a good follower of mine just kept telling me about these books and I just couldn’t ignore it any longer, and I picked it up. And this book did something to me, it really did. It knocked me off my feet. It really brought forth all these feelings and emotions and thoughts that most other books don’t really do. Unwind is about our country in the future, where we’ve had a second Civil War, but slightly different than what you would imagine. It was a prochoice vs pro-life war, and the outcome is sickening. In order to satisfy both parties, they came to an agreement: that abortion in the womb is completely illegal, and that the protection of a newborn is vitally important. However, when your child is 12-17, you may choose to have them unwound, each body part harvested for a transplant to someone else. There are three main characters set to be unwound: one, because he is a troublemaker and his parents just don’t know what to do anymore, two, a girl who is a Ward of the state and could not prove her worth, and three, a boy who has been raised as a tithe, someone who sees it as God’s divine plan to be unwound. This book brings forth all these debates and ideas and moralities that we have about such a controversial issue and makes it incredibly real. It is so emotional to read, and this is coming from a person who is both pro-life and pro-choice. The books are devastating and incredibly addicting and I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on this book to find out what happens next in the story.

6. Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Okay this one is totally cheating because I just read the first book of this series yesterday and I haven’t read books two through four so how can I possibly be excited for book 5? I’ll tell you this: book one has seriously captured my interest, my attention and my book affection so fast that I know I will easily finish the next few books before the November 2nd release date for Sentinel. So maybe right now I’m not dying to read this book like most Covenant series fans are, because I haven’t even gotten far enough in to feel that way but I know that in a week or so, I will totally feel that way, and that is the reason that its on the list. I can’t wait to speed through the rest of the books to finish this series because this first book is already absolutely amazing and I’m sure that the rest will be too.

5. Just One Year by Gayle Forman

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I discovered Gayle Forman this year, when I went to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and she did a panel and signing with two of my favorite authors, Morgan Matson and Sarah Dessen. I had seen her books around and never really given much thought to them but authors always are catching my interest at events so I decided to read her books. I sped through If I Stay, Where She Want and Just One Day in a matter of weeks, and only that long because I borrowed them from the library. And Just One Day was such a great book. In this book, you meet Allyson, on a trip in Europe, who goes on a crazy one day adventure with a Dutch boy named Willem, where sparks fly, even though they’ve only just met. But Allyson wakes up the next day after their adventure and he’s gone. The book follows the aftermath and how it effects Allyson and how she spends the next year of her life, recovering from that crazy day. Just One Year picks off where Just One Day left off and its kind of hard to talk about it without ruining what happens in Just One Day and not ruin it. Just One Year, we’re going to find out everything that happened in that same year, but on Willem’s end. And I can’t wait to read it because seriously the first book had such a huge cliffhanger that I almost threw a library book across the room.

4. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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Okay, you wanna talk a crazy cliffhanger? Mrs. Veronica Roth over here totally messed me up with the cliffhanger that takes place in Insurgent, the novel that takes place before the finale of the Divergent trilogy. Divergent follows the story of Tris, a girl born in a society that was ravaged apart and came together to fix it by creating five factions that each valued something they felt was necessary for a peaceful and functioning society. She is born into the faction of Abnegation, the selfless, but on her sixteenth birthday, she makes the choice to change to Dauntless, the courageous, the fearless. Tris is what is called Divergent, a forbidden word given to those who display the characteristics for more than one faction. She doesn’t everything she can to hide this fact but it catches up to her, and when it does, so much is revealed about the society she thought she’d always lived in. Insurgent continues the story as her, and her boyfriend, Four (or Tobias, if you prefer), work together to expose the underground nature of the society and what it means to be divergent and how it can change everything. Insurgent left off with kind of a crazy, revealing cliffhanger and so now I’m just seriously anxiously waiting (1.5 years!) for the finale to be released so I can FINALLY find out what happens next!

3. Champion by Marie Lu

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Marie Lu has written one of the best dystopian YA series that I’ve come across in the past few years as I’ve dove further and further into young adult literature. I love the  Hunger Games and Divergent and the rest but this one continues to stand tall to me, and I think its really in that Marie has such a way of creating unique stories and characters, and staying true to a dystopian world without being the same thing over and over again. We meet two different characters in her books: June, a girl bred by society, a perfect, intelligent soldier who believes in the Republic more than anybody and Day, an intelligent boy who failed at his tests and was forced into a life as a criminal to keep his family fed and safe. They both lead two very different, very separate lives until June’s brother is murdered and Day is framed for it, and they come colliding together, and both learn new things. Marie really doesn’t have a clean cut version of society is bad, we need to fix it. By giving us two very different points of view, we’re constantly questioning the motives of everyone involved and always guessing at where the story is going. The second novel in the trilogy, Prodigy, opened our eyes to so much more than we could ever dream to exist in this world, and left us with so many choices and so many questions and a cliffhanger that was utterly heartbreaking. I can’t wait to get my paws on this book so I can devour it.

2. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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All right, all right, the cliffhangers! The Mark of Athena had such an amazing cliffhanger, I can’t even begin to stand it. The House of Hades is the fourth novel in the second series of Percy Jackson, the Heroes of Olympus. The Percy Jackson series follows Percy and his friends, who are the children of gods and mortals: demigods. The Heroes of Olympus continues this story but we get introduced to even more characters, characters that are also demigods, but with a slight twist. They were born of a god while the god was in his/her Roman state. So instead of Hera, its Juno, Zeus is Jupiter, Poseidon is Neptune, etc. This gives the demigods a slight twist, and we learn of whole new camp somewhere else, and the demigods of Greek and Roman join together in order to defeat a very formidable enemy. They are in the process, the seven of them, on completing this mission and restoring peace between the Greeks and Romans, when something goes terribly wrong and they lose two of their party: Percy and his girlfriend, Annabeth. This literally KILLED me when reading it, and I read the book at least a few times over again, almost wishing I could make the story continue. Alas, I am incapable of this power but in a little over a week, I will have this book in my hands and all will be well :)

1. The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

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This almost doesn’t count because I got an advanced readers copy of it and I’ve already read it so I already know how amazingly awesome it is. But there’s two reasons its number one. One, because it would have been anyway, despite having already read it. Two, I want to call attention to it so I can seriously start getting all of you on board with Cinda Williams Chima because seriously, she’s one of the most amazing writers that I’ve discovered in the past year and a half as a blogger and I want to shove her books in all of your faces. So this is me, doing that again. The first three books of this series is a finished trilogy. It is our world, but not really. There is a secret world that we are unaware of, full of wizards, sorcerers, enchanters, warriors and more. The first trilogy follows the story of Jack and his friends, who want to take down the tyrannical rule of wizards and create an equal society. This book is part of the series but can be read without reading the first three. The story follows Jonah and Emma, both who are part of this world, though only one was aware of it. They are connected by the Thorn Hill Massacre and to this day, it remains a mystery to all. When they come together, more is revealed and there’s much more to each of them than the previously realized. I want you all to read her novels because she is one of the best fantasy authors that I’ve read and I can’t believe how little she is read, and this is a novel that comes out in about a week and its one that you should DEFINITELY pick up.

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out this week’s Tuesday Top Ten. Don’t forget you can always check out previous lists here.

What are some books that YOU are looking forward to this fall? Did I get some of them or did I miss some? As always, share in the comments!

Fandom Friday-Divergent Trilogy

The Fandom Friday is a weekly feature, page with each blog post written by a new contributor.

This is the weekly post where either myself, approved or a guest blogger, talks about a new fandom. See, I’ve had the experience in my life where I’ve been made fun or put down about my particular fandoms. And that has made me feel pretty crappy. But I’ve also put down other fandoms as well.

So I’ve decided to change that. I’m opening my world up to new fandoms, and the best way to do that is to bring people in to write about various fandoms. I’m very excited about this segment.

If you guys are interested in becoming a guest blogger for the Fandom Friday, feel free to email me at whatanerdgirlsays at gmail.com or contact me HERE

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Today’s guest blogger is…not a guest blogger because it is ME.

This week I’ll be talking about a book series that you all may have heard of:

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

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The Divergent trilogy has been in the “news” a lot lately. In about two months, the third and final installment of the series, Allegiant, will hit book stores. Not much has been said about the book and we’re all waiting in barely concealed anticipation for this book. It’s also in the news a lot as the movie, which doesn’t even release until March, is already garnering big hype, and being compared to the YA blockbuster, The Hunger Games.

A big reason why I decided to write about Divergent is because I wanted to share two things. For those who haven’t heard of it, I can enlighten you on this seriously amazing book series. For those of you who have heard of it, and have heard The Hunger Games comparisons, I want to show you that NOT all YA books are the same, even if they are in the same genre, like dystopian.

About the Trilogy

So let me tell you a little bit about the series. It is a young adult dystopian series that is a trilogy. The first book is Divergent, followed by Insurgent, and ending with the soon to be released Allegiant. The books are written by the beautiful and talented, Veronica Roth, who is the same age as me, and for that alone, I admire her. The book series follows the main character of Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior. Tris lives in our world, but in the future, when wars have torn apart the country. As a solution, a new society is created and everyone is split into five factions that represent the virtues they feel is necessary to have a functioning society. The five factions are Erudite (valuing intelligence), Abnegation (valuing selflessness), Dauntless (valuing courage and bravery), Candor (valuing honesty) and Amity (valuing peace).

Beatrice lives with her family in Abnegation, but she is sixteen years old, and it is time to take the tests that show what faction she is most fitted for. However, when she takes her aptitude test, it is revealed that she has shown connections to three different factions (Abnegation, Erudite and Dauntless), that she is a forbidden word: Divergent. Her test taker fixes her results, and sends her home, telling her to never tell anyone what was really said. When it comes time to make a choice, Beatrice sheds her gray clothing and her name, and joins the Dauntless, and she is Tris Prior.

Tris discovers that being Dauntless isn’t easy, and requires more bravery and courage than she anticipated. And being Divergent, and hiding it, causes more problems than she knew as well. The books follow Tris as she attempts to be accepted into the Dauntless family and she unfolds the mysteries that surrounded her society, and the secrets of being Divergent, and why the society is so afraid of them. As she delves deeper into the underbelly of the society, she learns more and more of what is being portrayed and what is really going on.

The first book in the series, Divergent, directed by Nick Burger and produced by Summit Entertainment, has already been filmed and is slated to hit theaters on March 20, 2014. The film stars Shailene Woodley as Tris, Theo James as Four, and includes many well known actors and actresses such as  Miles Tellers, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz, Mekhi Phifer and more.

Where I Found It

Honestly, it was all sort of word of mouth for me. I had enjoyed The Hunger Games trilogy immensely and several people kept telling me to read Divergent, that I would enjoy it a lot. I finally caved in and bought it on my Kindle, and stayed up all night reading it. I remember feeling pretty surprised at the cliffhanger and wanting to immediately read the sequel.

As luck would have it, the sequel, Insurgent, had literally been released that day. I immediately purchased it on my Kindle and started reading it at about 3 am. I had to convince myself that staying up all night was a terrible idea, but I read it the next day and finished it, and I was easily hooked.

Why You Should Be Reading It

I know what you’re thinking: another dystopian novel series? Isn’t that getting a bit old? And I can see where you are coming from. There are a ton of various dystopian novels on the shelves these days and its hard to pick ones that are good, because there are just so many to choose from. This is one that you definitely have to pick up, especially if you are a fan of The Hunger Games.

I think that Veronica Roth has this ability to appeal to both a male and female audience, even though the main character is female. She really presents a great story, with fully fleshed out characters and characters that are so important and easy to love, besides just Tris and Four. It is NOT a love story, though a love story is woven in there. This is the story of two people, who team up with so many others, to find out the truth of a country. The politics, and the psychology of this system that has been created as a solution to the problems of the past are SO interesting and they keep you racing through the pages as you watch Tris and Four try to figure it out.

I also think that Tris is an amazing character, a strong female character that remains strong. I find often times that a female character can start off really strong but then sort of loses that strength over time to whininess. I admire that Tris loses some of her strength at times, because she has gone through so much but she never loses her resolve and she never resorts to whining or any of that. She stays strong, even when she’s at her weakest, and I think that’s very important and will play an important part in the last and final book. I also think the character of Tobias “Four” Eaton is also important and fantastic as well. He is a strong character, whether you’re a boy or a girl reading this novel. He grew up in an incredibly abusive situation, both physically and emotionally, with his father, and escapes to the faction of Dauntless to get away from him. Learning this about Four, and seeing the strength that he has had to earn over time, and seeing his relationship with his father, is incredible. T

hese two characters alone are enough to read this book, and neither of them are my favorite character of the series! The series is filled with so many different, unique, believable characters that you can connect and relate to. Even though this is set in a world that is both recognizable and yet so utterly different, it is not hard to connect with these people and some of the things that are happening with them.

Plus there is all the action. From the moment Tris decides to switch from Abnegation to Dauntless, you are on an action packed roller coaster, as she fights her way through initiation and learns to fight, handle a gun, and learns what it really means to be courageous and fearless.

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I hope you all enjoyed learning about the Divergent trilogy today. I know that there are many of you who have already read it, but I hope that those of you who haven’t will be encouraged to do so. There is so much awesome in this book, and there is also SO much to discuss as well!

Come back soon for a new Fandom Friday, and check out previous ones here!

Have you read Divergent? What did you think of it? How did you get into the books, and what would you say to someone that you were trying to convince to read it? As always, share in the comments!

The Transfer: A Divergent Story Review

The Transfer: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth

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You Can Find the Book At:

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GoodReads Summary:

More Four! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by “The Transfer, ambulance ” the first of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, pilule revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, and backstory, and relationships.

I don’t really like this description so I’ll basically say this: 

This is the first story of the planned four stories (get it, four stories about Four!). This story is exactly how it sounds: it tells the story of Tobias as he goes through his aptitude test, and a peek into the relationship he has with his father, and his journey to make the decision of choosing Dauntless as his faction.

Note: There will be no spoilers for this particular story but there will be spoilers for either Divergent or Insurgent.

My Review:

I was extremely wary when I found out about this, the way I was when Cassandra Clare announced her intention to write The Bane Chronicles. I didn’t really understand why they were stories that needed to be told. I’ve been back and forth with The Bane Chronicles. There have been some that I’ve enjoyed and there were some that I just didn’t enjoy in the slightest. So I think I was really wary of reading these stories about Four.

And so far, I have yet to be disappointed, and I think its a good start. It gives me a lot of optimism for the three that are coming after this.

Here’s the thing about this particular story: it doesn’t necessarily need to be told. We know most of this by reading Divergent. We know that Four is really Tobias Eaton, that he transferred from Abnegation to Dauntless, mostly to escape the wrath and abuse of his father, Marcus, that he has four fears and that is where he gets his name from, etc. There isn’t new information in this story at all, at least not to me. There’s a small part that is newer, which is kind of a hint to Four about what is happening in the future and probably what helps him handle the events of the end of Divergent and all of Insurgent easier than others.

But even though this story didn’t necessarily have to be told, I’m glad that it was. For one thing, it really helps me to feel better about the dual point of view that is coming in the last Divergent book, Allegiant. I found that I really liked getting into Four’s head (I can’t call him Tobias, I just can’t. It just reminds me of Tobias Funke from Arrested Development) and seeing the way he told a story, the way he observes a world. It really gives us an insight on what to expect in Allegiant. This story sort of parallels the beginning of Divergent, as Tris goes through her aptitude test, her choice into Dauntless and her journey to the Dauntless compound for the first time, and it shows how a similar situation can be so different, and how this can translate into their journey in Allegiant.

Plus, even though I already knew these stories from Divergent and Insurgent, it was beautiful to get into his head as these things were happening to him. Four is this impenetrable force, this wall of strength and we don’t often get to see his vulnerabilities. But in this story, you really see how incredibly scared he was; scared of his father, and his expectations and even though he wants to get away from his father, he’s also terrified of leaving, as well. He’s a very scared, vulnerable sixteen year old, and his journey to the Dauntless compound is so different.

Its also incredibly, incredibly heartbreaking to watch the relationship between Marcus and Four. We’ve heard about it, we’ve seen part of it in Four’s fear landscape and in the way he interacts with him in the second book but this is the first time that we really see it up close and it hurts. It hurts very badly. I think part of this comes from the fact that there are parent-child relationships like this, with the mental and physical abuse that goes on from Marcus. You see so clearly why Four was so desperate to get out of Abnegation and why he felt so betrayed by Tris working with Marcus in Insurgent. Marcus is a very sick person who hurt both Four and his mother, and its not something that Four gets over quickly.

Lastly, I liked that the story of the Four as he goes through the test, the choosing of a faction and the actual transfer to his chosen faction because, like I said above, it really parallels the beginning of Divergent and we really get to see how different Four is to Tris, and why Tris stands out to him. They come from the same faction; they’re the only two in the past couple years from Abnegation to switch to Dauntless so of course he is going to notice her, and I think that becomes even more clear through his story. His story is so different, so full of fear, as he makes this decision and lives through his life. I think that Dauntless changes Four and makes him brave and show courage, but I think that Tris comes in with those already, but is unaware of it. Its interesting to see this two characters that end up together have two different stories of the similar situations.

Bravo, Veronica Roth. I can’t wait to read the rest!

Rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars

Veronica Roth’s Allegiant Tour Announced…Sort Of…

Hey guys! Happy Wednesday!

So today it was announced that Veronica Roth is DEFINITELY going on a US tour for the release of the third and final book in the Divergent trilogy, seek Allegiant!

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Yay!

Except, you know, the US is HUGE so she could really go anywhere, and not necessarily come anywhere near where you are.

So here’s a brilliant idea they had! They are having all the fans vote for the state that you would like Veronica Roth to visit while on tour!

Currently, as I’m writing this, Texas is in first, followed closely by California (yay!) and then Illinois and Ohio right after.

You only get ONE vote (which kind of sucks, because I just wanna keep voting for California), and when you vote, you get entered to win a trip to see her on tour :)

So get out there and vote!

Here is the link!

VOTE FOR YOUR STATE!

And I’m appealing to all my international WhatANerdGirlSays fans :) Click above and vote for California! Because you know if she comes here, and I get to meet her, I’m going to have a WICKED contest for it!

And you all know you want that!

Happy Voting!