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!

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

The 1865 Customs of Service for Officers of the Army-Review

The 1865 Customs of Service for Officers in the Army. This Handbook goes over everything from how you treat your fellow officers, to the rations you enjoy. This is now a History Book. And it is worth a Read! (Guess what?! It ain’t a Fiction book!! Shocking, Ain’t it?)

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:

The 1865 Customs of Service for Officers of the Army. August Kautz. *Due to that fact that this book isn’t readily available, I have included the link for the E-Book version. I have a hardcover edition, but I got it from Ft. Laramie, Wyoming for 25$. There is one being sold on Amazon for 850$. Just get the E-Book. Much as I hate ’em.

Times Read:

-.5.  Yes, I’ve only read Half of this. But it really interesting. It goes over everything from, “What are my rations today?” to “How should I conduct R&R?” to “I’m a Lt. Gen. now, how am I supposed to treat my Subordinates?”. It is really worth a read. And I definitely Recommend it!

Genre:

-Non-Fiction.  There really isn’t another other Genre for this. Unless you consider Military to be one.

Rating:

-9/10

Age Range:

-Author(s) Suggest: He did not suggest an Age. And I have seen no reviews for this book. The author Probably intended this for those enlisting in the army. So those who are 15+, back in the 1800’s at least.

-My Opinion: Since the Civil war is over, and we are even past the WW’s. I suggest this book for anyone interested in serving in the Army. I bet that a lot has changed since these days (I’m not a Military Man myself.) But you should always know your history first! so 17+.

The reason I chose 17+ is because there are a lot of words that Even I don’t understand. And I’m a second year in College. This has nothing to do with someone being too young for this book. I’m just looking at someone who knows what they want to do, and who understands more than Basic Vocabulary.

Basic Review:

– First off, This book is not about the Vietnam war! I saw that in the description on amazon. Sorry, but this is set in the time of the Civil War. Secondly, this book is NOT a fiction book. That is why I tagged it as Non-Fiction. First time I have done that, So I’m sorry If you are Surprised.

Long Review:

– I have no doubt that you looked at your feed, and wondered what the heck this is. Well, put simply: READ THE TITLE. Yes, this is a book for officers of the US Army. Well, Back in 1865 anyways. Here’s the thing, you can read it now! And you don’t have to be an officer in the US Army. Or in any of the Corps. You can be a normal Civilian like me. If you want to read it that is.

Simply put: “How are we supposed to treat our subordinates? How am I supposed to hold myself? What am I supposed to do during combat? What are the common Rations in my Camp? How do I clean my Knife?” <- All these questions and More are answered!! To a certain extent anyway.

This book is something everyone should read at some point. It goes over R&R (Rest and relaxation/restoration), The draft, Rations, Combat, What your specific Title Entails…

As I stated earlier, I have the Hard Cover version. And it’s not that big. Honestly, You may need reading glasses to read it. It is maybe 6″ Tall, 4.5″ Wide, and 2″ in Depth. Guess that’s why it is called a HandBook. 😛

And, That’s the review!

Would Recommend?

-Yes! And not just for those who wish to enter the Military, or who are in the Military. I recommend it for Everyone!!

Thanks for readin!

-Jack