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Ok I have mixed feelings. First: Taylor is a GENIUS of imagination and imagery. The pictures she paints are GORGEOUS. Absolutely stunning. I always thought this throughout the series, some scenes just stick in your mind, and her characters are quite well developed. I also thought there were interesting twists and was a unique way to shape a final novel in a series, so props on that. HOWEVER, I always felt there was something about her novels that I can't quite put my finger on but that kept me from absolutely loving it. I think it's the way some of the mushy love/despair-of-missing-love scenes tended to drag on. It took so much away from the plot sometimes, and if I had been reading the book, I definitely would have skipped a bunch of pages. It definitely felt very "teen romance". And hey, I'm always down for a good romance, but at times it was little too...Twilight-esque.
That being said, I am sad the beautiful world Laini paints has come to an end in the story here. Or has it...?
I liked the way this book made it easy to follow the reasoning behind the development of the theories of current day cosmologists. He did an excellent job of tying in examples, history, metaphors, and literature into making the complexities of string theory etc much more relatable. Even though some might view it as "preachy", the end really delves into the question and possible answers of why we exist and is there a god, and I thought it was quite a beautiful tie in. Lastly, his ability to display multiple views and competing theories while leaving his own personal bias out was impressive. It made me really think, well which one is right?! Despite the fact that some parts went a bit over my head, I really enjoyed the book. My recommendation though- this is a book for savoring slowly. My usual marathon-ing way of listening to audiobooks dampened the impact this book could have had on me I think.
Things happen way too quickly. The phrase "well that escalated quickly" comes to mind. The story has great potential but so far, I don't like the way it was written.
Also, at the start of the book I got the impression that Khan was in his 40s or something and the girl in her teens? Perhaps I got this wrong but I this fact threw me off a little, and now their relationship feels...weird.
I have mixed feelings about this sequel, but it was fun to see the worlds of the other factions, as well as the progression and fall-out that continues from the first book. I recommend it if you loved Divergent.
Eh. I'm in science and love genetics and all that but...this is just a silly ending for a story. Not to mention the annoying dark brooding between Tobias and Tris. I think this series might have been better as a stand alone novel. Maybe.
The very end of the book was surprising though, so that redeemed it.
Divergent was absolutely entrancing. Roth has introduced an interesting society that could reasonably occur in the far future, that is intriguing and captivating. I couldn't stop listening, I just wanted to know what would happen next! Even the teenage love story was far from typical and exciting. The characters were really fun and you could watch them grow. And it introduced some fun thought experiments such as "what would your fears be?" So far it's tied for my favorite dystopian future novel.
Too short! I did like the bits of insight into Four's life, but I didn't feel like it added THAT much more that we didn't already know :/
For those of you who have read Brandon Sanderson, you need no more enticement than to know it is his and as a fan, I was in love with this book (as usual).
However, for those of you who haven't: I implore you, listen to this book! It is a very unique and inventive stand-alone fantasy epic. Filled with colors you can practically see, it honestly takes you on a journey through the land of Hallandran. Sanderson is wonderful in that his work is not recycled fantasy you've read before but something new and unexpected. Each one of his books its' own gem with its' own bright and lovable characters. AND for those of you who love secrets and "easter eggs," you'd be happy to know (as I was when I found out after "reading" 3 of his books here on audible) almost all of them are actually intertwined with a much bigger story taking place behind the scenes that has yet to fully unfold. Talk about an incredible journey.
If you fancy yourself a fantasy fan...get it on this asap.
Oh most definitely. The story was very well told and the thoughts and dialog thought provoking and full of quirky details that I find enchanting. Really in the most wonderful way, it was quite literally elegant.
Oh so many lovely spoilers would be given by the answer to this question. I will say there were many, but for now: A piece of sashimi. Red October. Cat names. Panties. The Journal of the Movement of the World.
The juxtaposition of an older voice and a younger one. Not to mention the lovely accents to pronounce the words the way my mind never could.
No, it went rather slowly at times and gave you big pieces to chew between sittings. I think this is more a book for savoring than devouring.
It's combination of old and new. It was gripping and I couldn't quite stop listening because I wanted to know what happened next. The biology and Dante fit so perfectly, I really liked it. I feel like I learn things every time I read Dan Brown.
Definitely that scene in the sewers with the plague and the music. That also ties in with the imagery of the eerie video with the floating bag. He did an excellent job making things...haunting.
This is hard to say...I suppose Robert, if not um...the bad guy (I forget his name).
Yeah definitely made me laugh. Not so much cry, but certainly elicited a fear of the future.
Good work, Dan. Good work.
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