Divergent-Review/Series Review

Who are you? More specifically, what are you? Or do you even know? Maybe you are dangerous and outgoing, like your father. Or maybe you are quiet and reserved, like your mother. Or maybe even Neither. Whatever you are, a test is the best way to determine that! So you can be with others JUST LIKE YOU!! And who knows? You may love your new home!

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Please note that everything you read below is just my personal opinion. I do not know everything. Nor would I want to. Please also keep in mind, I do not Promote, Support, or Respond to Negative Commentary.

The following character | is used to separate book from series. It will be in a bright green color. 

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Title/Author:

Divergent. | Divergent.    Veronica Roth.

Times Read:

-1 for both.

I personally have not read Four. Which happens to be the fourth book in the series. It is told from the perspective of Tobias. (Nicknamed, Four.)

Genre:

-Horror. Action. Adventure. Suspense. Nail Biting Page Turner. Young Adult. Fantasy. Fiction. Science Fiction. Dystopia. Utopia.

Rating:

-9/10

Parent Story: HERE.         Now, what do I mean by parent story? I do not mean what it usually means. No, this book is not directly related to The Hunger Games. However, The Specific literary genre is the parent story. Now, it can be argued that The Hunger Games was influenced by a different Literary work. but I have not heard of it. Granted, this is just my Library, so that could be why. There are many books that follow the same theme of The Hunger Games, but Divergent takes it to a whole new level. Which is why it is more like the Sibling or best friend of the parent story. I’m just rambling again. Anyways, that is why that link is there.

Age Range:

-Author(s) Suggest: 12+ for both.

-My Opinion: 13+. | 15+ for book 3. For once, I am not terribly angry with an age range. This is more appropriate for book 1. However, since there is a lot of death located in book 3, I recommend 15+.

Basic Review:

-*Who are you? More specifically, what are you? Or do you even know? Maybe you are dangerous and outgoing, like your father. Or maybe you are quiet and reserved, like your mother. Or maybe even Neither. Whatever you are, a test is the best way to determine that! So you can be with others JUST LIKE YOU!! And who knows? You may love your new home!.*

Sound familiar? Nah, I didn’t think so. But what if you saw an ad like that every day? What if you are so different from your family that you think you need to be somewhere else? Well, this simple test will tell you (and everyone watching) exactly where you belong. Even if it has NOTHING to do with what you love.

Long Review:

-What does it mean to be normal? To be honest, I’m not sure. But neither do most people. Tris, on the other hand, she is about as normal as normal can be. Can you do me a favor? Imagine your current landscape. And it is all white and gray. Wouldn’t you just want to claw your eyes out?! I’d go stir-crazy. But that is what Tris and her brother are raised to be.

When you become of age, you are required to take a test. Normally, you go to the “community” where others like yourself are living. And normally, it’s not where you have grown up your entire life. But this test. It is supposed to know your darkest secrets. And what you truly enjoy. So what happens when you have too many deep dark secrets that you enjoy? Well, you are divergent.

What does Divergent mean? The explanation in the book makes my head hurt. So, I’ll explain in a way that makes sense to me. It means that you don’t conform with society. You are so different, that it makes you abnormal. And this rarely happens.

When you get the choice to join a community, it is permanent. You can pick the new community or stay with your old one. But if you choose said one, you stay there forever. You usually only get the 1 option. (not including your home.) But Tris was different. She got two choices. And she chose the community furthest from what she knew. The danger Zone!!

It really is what the community should’ve been named. Most of the kids who go to new zones get picked up in a fancy way. Not the dangerous kids! The get to run onto a train moving at 70 mph. Don’t get caught under the wheels kids! Then, you have to jump off a building to finish it off! And I mean like empire state building.

Tris is scared at first. And she gets made fun of by this big burly kid. But listen to this, He was too big of a wimp to jump off the building first! Who was first? TRIS. And she had no problem! Except that she is a girl and screamed on the way down. Which she gets made fun of for later.

There is this boy that catches her eye. She feels at peace when she sees him. And considering she’s been in a lot of life and death situations, it makes sense. Why? It is revealed later in the series that he was also a divergent. Oh, and being a divergent is taboo.

Tris is always putting herself in danger. Especially for her Four. It is actually really cute. :-). But it gets to point where Four is forced to go and save her. Until the day that he cant save her. <— The reason I don’t really want to pick the series back up again. I’m not a huge fan of when the MC (Main Character) dies. That may just be me, though. Anyways.

By the end of book 1, Tris and four are a thing. If you don’t remember your high school days (or you haven’t made it to high school yet) “A Thing” basically means a couple. Like they are the real deal. And this continues into book 2.

In book 2 everything starts to fall apart. How? Well, it is revealed that the world outside the settlements is destroyed. Literally, nothing left. Like a Nuke was dropped on the city. I think the city used to be Chicago. I may be wrong on that matter, though…

Near the end of book 2, Tris meets the leader of the resistance. The one who has been causing trouble. And this leader is non-other than Four’s mom. Which makes sense why they don’t have a great relationship. Tris agrees to join up in the ranks. They are known as the Insurgents. What does insurgent mean? I have no clue. I’m just assuming it means rebels.

In book 3, everything goes to crap. Tris watches her mother and father get killed right before her eyes. Something happens to her brother as well. Tris is so self-sacrificing that she decides to put an end to everything. So that she can save her Four. She ends up dying, not realizing how much it would hurt Four.

Now Four has no-one left in his life. His mother is gone, His soulmate is gone, and his friends are gone. So he sets off on a new adventure.

As I stated above, I did not read book 4. Which is conveniently named Four. As far as I know, it tells all three books from Four’s point of view. Am I wrong? Probably. But when I read the series in the first place, book 4 wasn’t even a thing. It was more like a surprise for everyone that followed the author religiously.

Which wasn’t me. After I finished the third book, I went back to the person who recommended the series to me. And I told her that I hated the ending of book 3. Who was that person? Doesn’t really matter. I haven’t talked to said person in 2 and a half years….. Fine. She’s the sister of my ex-girlfriend. I’ve known them for a long time. But we just stopped talking. But that’s ok. Not everyone likes me!!

Review? Oh yeah. I forgot. LOL. So let’s recap. Who here knows what a utopia is? It is where everything is perfect. And a dystopia? Where everything looks perfect but is actually horrible. So what are the communities? Read the books and you’ll see that they are a dystopia. Which I would not want to live in. I’d rather stay where I am. Hardships and all! How about y’all? Dystopia, Utopia, or where you currently live? Let me know!

Would Recommend?

-YES. I actually would recommend this book. It is actually a better story than The Hunger Games. Or, it is a more in-depth story. Whichever way is easier to understand. I am trying to take the plurals out of my writing. It sounds accusatory. And I don’t want that. I want y’all to come back!!

Basically speaking, This book is great. But the series kinda goes down hill in the process. I preferred book 1 over the others. Although, Book 2 was also really good. Book 3 was too depressing, though. However, It was a great read, And I think you’ll really enjoy it.

Thanks for readin!

-Jack

Firestorm-Review (15+)

Who is Jack Danielson? All american football high school teen. Talks in chopped sentences. Has a girlfriend. Enjoys life. But one day, that is all stripped away from him. And he must fight to survive. Not just for himself, but all of Humanity.

Please note that everything you read below is just my personal opinion. I do not know everything. Nor would I want to. I will not respond to negative comments. 

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Title/Author:

Firestorm.   David Klass

Times Read:

-1

Genre:

-Science Fiction but also Non-Fiction. Young Adult Fiction. Fiction. Fantasy. Horror themes. Mature themes. Thriller. Adventure.

Not movie horror, but real life horror. Like “what the hell are we doing?!” kind of horror.

Rating:

-10/10

Age Range:

-Author(s) Suggest: 13+

-My Opinion: 15+. There are some more mature themes, but nothing that would make me say that you can’t read it.

Basic Review:

– Jack Danielson is just your average high school senior. Big into Football, has a smoking hot Girlfriend, loves going to his classes, and is getting ready for college. Except that he really isn’t normal. He absorbs all information like a sponge. He can run longer and faster than anyone in his state. And then there’s the fact that people are hunting him down with lasers trying to get the final kill shot. Join Jack as he discovers who he is, where and more importantly When he’s from, and that he’s the only one who can stop the destruction of the world.

Long Review:

– Before I continue, The book is written from Jack’s perspective. Very short sentences, but they tell a story. And Lot’s of words that I haven’t even hear of. Just thought I’d let you know before we continue.

As I stated above, Jack (Not Me.) Is an average teen with normal sexual desires, and loving parents. However, he is never allowed to show how amazing he is. His parents force him to be normal. Never the best nor the worst at things. But that all changes. It is his last football game and he runs the entire length of the field. Touchdown, wins the game! (I don’t really understand football, both American and European, so I may have said things wrong. Sorry!) Statewide news coverage!

Jack is out on a date with his girlfriend P.J. when the lights go silver. A man walks by him and looks right at Jack’s soul. P.J. didn’t notice a thing. When jack got home that night (after P.J. turned him down for their first time…) his parents were furious. And when Jack tells them what happened at the restaurant, they freeze. “They found you.”

Jack’s dad and mom rush around to make sure everything is in order. His mom stays behind. His dad forces him to get into the car and are speeding away. His dad never goes above or under the speed limit. But this time, he’s pushing it to 100mph and more. And he’s telling Jack that he’s not really his dad. And that Jack has to run. Then the car rolls, There are things being fired at them. Jack’s dad Screams for him to run to the boat docked at the pier. And then he pulls out a wicked looking pistol and shoots himself in the foot to get Jack to RUN. It’s the last time Jack ever sees his parents.

In his journey fleeing, he happens upon a girl that plays on his sexual desires. In New York. And then she shapeshifts… And tries to bite his leg off. Asking about a firestorm. Jack finds a way to incapacitate her, and then hears a voice in his head. The voice tells him to go to the closet before the Gorm arrive. Inside is a dog. And together they flee. Albeit, Relunctantly. But the dog betrays him and leaves him to a phsyco ninja who beats the tar out of him. Until Jack starts to learn how to counter the attacks. Keeps taking it until he takes the ninja down. And then the mask comes off.  beautiful girl is staring up at him. He almost forgets about P.J.

She takes it upon herself to train Jack so he can find the firestorm. Through these trials Jack learns who he is, when he came from, and what his fated mission is!

Yeah, we were almost done there. Jack escapes from the pursuing Gorms that Attacked him and Eko. (The ninja.) The lying dog finds a boat for him and jack to escape in. I say boat, but it is little more than a raft. Gisco and Jack make up in the boat. (Gisco is the dog by the way…) Just when they are about to die, a fishing Tanker finds them. “Tanker” may not be the right word. But, it seems fitting. Tanks go and destroy everything around them. This fishing boat threw nets and metal contraptions down into the reefs, just to catch a few fish. Anything that wasn’t their prize they threw back into the ocean. Destroyed thousands of years worth of reefs. Just for a few dollars…

^ That right there is what makes me sick to be human. Cause it’s true. That’s all we do. Destroy. We need to give back. Look, I love to fish. But I fish for sport. No profit. These guys were doing it illegally. I fish with a rod and reel. 9/10 times I don’t keep the fish. I have a fishing license. I am getting the eco-friendly fishing line and hooks that dissolve away in the water. Now you may ask why I don’t keep the fish. For one, I don’t fish to eat them. Sure, here and there I do. But I am allergic to fish. I can only eat small amounts of fish, and very rarely. And I get hives when i touch em. So I wear gloves. I take a picture, and then I throw back. I LOVE the fight! My favorite is Catfish. They love to fight!! Spending time just waiting for the hit, and enjoying nature. Then the hit comes and I’m off to the races!

Sorry, had to get that off my chest. I love nature. I enjoy the relationship we have. But it annoys me when some just use her to their own desires. Namely, $$. So this book reached into my heart. As such, I am going to get books 2 and 3. Soon too!!

Would Recommend?

– Yes. This book made me feel sick to be a human. It shows us what we are doing to the world. And we have the option to start giving back. But we don’t. Not as an entire race.

I hope I convinced you to get this book!! Cause it is bloody amazing! And David Klass deserves MAJOR props!

Thanks for readin!

-Jack