Monday, March 19, 2012

You should read these books.

"What do we get if we win?" someone shouts.
"Sounds like the kind of question someone not from Dauntless would ask," says Four, raising an eyebrow. "You get to win, of course."

I loved this book right away. Another dystopian society to experience through each page, another heroic duo to battle evil with every chapter. Even if so many books these days are similar in plot (i.e. Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Crossed, Delirium...) they're all similar in how good they are. You get caught up in the tragic fate of the characters and wonder, "How in the world are they going to figure out how to survive in this world?" You cheer them on and hope that everything will be ok by the time the book ends.

"We can't be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can't be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them."
I feel like someone has breathed new air into my lungs. I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless.
I am Divergent.
And I can't be controlled.

Tris caught my attention from the beginning, although Four was easily my favorite character. I love the story of their unfolding relationship as much as watching them fight against their fears in each new level. As you read Harry Potter you figure out what House you would want to belong to, but in Divergent you decide what faction best fits your personality. After you choose, you must make it thought initiation and change everything from the way you dress to what you eat to the way you think so that you will fit in your new world.

"But I believe in true love, you know? I don't believe that everybody gets to keep their eyes or not get sick or whatever, but everybody should have true love, and it should last at least as long as your life does."

In a completely different realm of YA literature, I've fallen for the realistic fiction book The Fault In Our Stars. I first heard of the story from Grace Currie, one of John Green's YouTube following nerd-fighters, who was so excited for the book to come out. After my sister gave a rave review of the book I had to get my hands on a copy of it.

"I don't ever want to do that to you," I told him.
"Oh, I wouldn't mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you."

Set in Indianapolis, the teenage characters Augustus and Hazel, tell their story of living life with a side effect of cancer. A prosthetic leg and breathing with the assistance of an oxygen tank are side effects they're also living with, but the story is about so much more than their failing health. The book made me laugh out loud, look up An Imperial Affliction to see if I could read it next, go find the 100 Acres they visit on a date, and wish that they were real kids in Indy that I could go meet and hang out with for the afternoon. I finished this story in days and wish that there was a second one I could follow up with next.

"A day after I got my eye cut out, Gus showed up at the hospital. I was blind and heart-broken and didn't want to do anything and Gus burst into my room and shouted, 'I have wonderful news!' And I was like, 'I don't really want to hear wonderful news right now,' and Gus said, 'This is wonderful news you want to hear,' and I asked him, 'Fine, what is it?' and he said, 'You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!"


  1. YEESSSSS! This is called YAvangelism. And you're doin' it! Way to be :) That last quote from Gus/that other boy I already forget the name of is the BEST. I kind of want to write it on Linc's wall. Love, love, love.

  2. Oh my gosh they're just such great books. Totally adopting the words YAvangelism. And the other boy's name is Isaac. He's blind. I like him a lot.