{Book Review} The 5th Wave

{Book Review} The 5th WaveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Published by Penguin Books, Limited on 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Pages: 460
Source: Library
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The 1st Wave took out half a million people. The 2nd Wave put that number to shame. The 3rd Wave lasted a little longer. Twelve weeks . . . Four billion dead. In The 4th Wave, you can't trust that people are still people. And The 5th Wave? No one knows. But it's coming. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope. Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. www.The5thWaveIsComing.com

I absolutely loved The 5th Wave. I had been holding off reading it because of the daunting length of the book, but I downloaded the e-book which makes it so much easier for me to read long books. I’m not sure why I waited so long to read it, students have loved it, and now I am anxiously awaiting the movie adaptation and can’t wait to read The Infinite Sea. It has everything I love, adventure, romance and mystery. Cassie’s perseverance despite the overwhelming odds of defeating the aliens, finding her brother and just surviving make her a character to admire. These are some of my favorite quotes from the book. Read this book, you’ll love it!

“This silence is deafening. Why did they come billions of miles just to stare at us? It’s rude.”

“We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.”

“I want him to touch me again. I want to feel his hands, as soft as clouds. But I’m afraid if he touches me, all seven billion billion billion atoms that make up my body will blow apart and scatter across the universe.”

“Don’t you get it yet? The minute we decide that one person doesn’t matter anymore, they’ve won.”

five-stars

{Book Review} Delirium

{Book Review} DeliriumDelirium by Lauren Oliver
Published by Harper Collins on August 2nd 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 480
Source: Purchased
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Lauren Oliver's powerful New York Times bestselling novel Delirium—the first in a dystopian trilogy—presents a world as terrifying as George Orwell's 1984 and a romance as true as Romeo & Juliet.In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn't about to make the same mistakes.But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the Wilds who lives under the government's radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?Delirium received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and was named a Best Book of the Year by USA Today, Kirkus, Amazon.com, YALSA, and the Chicago Public Library and was selected as one of NPR's Top 100 Best Ever Teen Novels. Supports the Common Core State Standards

My Thoughts: Wow, wow, wow! I absolutely loved Lauren Oliver’s writing in Before I Fall and Delirium just seals the deal that she has a true gift for writing. I have so many sticky notes sticking out of Delirium of passages that truly touched my heart and spoke to me.

“Maybe the house hears me, because, miraculously, I do make it to the front door. I pause for a second longer, listening for the sounds of footsteps upstairs, whispered voices, anything – but other than my heart, which is still going strong and loud, it’s silent. Even the house seems to hesitate and take a breath, because the front door swings open with barely a whisper, and in the last second before I slip out into the night the rooms behind me are as dark and still as a grave.” p.118

Lena is getting closer to the date when she is cured and she can hardly wait. She plans to spend the last summer before she is cured with her best friend Hana but when Hana starts doing irresponsible things like listening to unapproved music and going to parties with boys, Lena questions her friendship and what she really know about her.

“…and meanwhile, behind my back, she’s been turning into someone I don’t know – someone with secrets and weird habits and opinions about things we’re not supposed to even think about.” p. 106

And then Lena meets Alex…and her whole world and what she thought she knew is upended. And as she falls under the deliria of love, she learns the truth about her past and the truth about the society.

“Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That’s what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in tow. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.

Before and after – and during, a moment no bigger or longer than an edge.” p. 301

I loved everything about this book! I loved how Lena grew and became the “legend” and how her relationships with Hana and Alex ebbed and flowed and of course I loved the setting, Portland and envisioning all the landmarks in the future.  With tears in my eyes as I read the last page, I closed the book anticipating Pandemonium even more!
five-stars

{Book Review} Divergent

{Book Review} DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
Published by HarperCollins on February 28th 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Values & Virtues, Young Adult
Pages: 576
Source: Purchased
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In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

My Thoughts: I absolutely loved Divergent! Veronica Roth built a world where each faction had their place in a society to make it a better place, but is it really better? Beatrice’s “Tris” decision to leave her own faction was heart wrenching. Roth expertly brought those feelings to the forefront and I can’t imagine myself having the courage to make the choice that Tris chose.  I admired her courage to choose her own path rather than the path that was “expected” of her by her parents.

“But I have to see my parents one more time. I look over my shoulder at the last second before I pass them, and immediately wish I hadn’t. My father’s eyes burn into mine with a look of accusation. At first, when I feel the heat behind my eyes, I think he’s found a way to set me on fire, to punish me for what I’ve done, but no – I’m about to cry.” p. 48

As Tris goes through the initiation process to become a Dauntless faction member she discovers her true self, something she had not been able to recognize or acknowledge as a member of Abnegation. The initiation process is extremely difficult and their trainer, Four, infuriates Tris at times but also intrigues her and what first starts out as frustration slowly develops into something more….

“He presses his palms to my face, his index fingers sliding behind my ears, and pulls my mouth to his.” p.373

Tris learns that there is something different about her and that difference could put her in real danger if discovered.  There is a deeper mystery going on within the factions. As she comes to the realization of what is happening, will she have the courage to fight what is happening?

Adventure, love, mystery…an amazing story and I can’t wait for Insurgent!

five-stars