The Divergent movie trailer, ladies and gents, initiates!
Summit Entertainment will be premiering the full theatrical trailer of the Divergent movie tomorrow. They already have the countdown thing going on over at Summit’s YouTube page. But while we all wait for that, here are the movie posters and character portraits so far.
The National Book Development Board (NBDB) , Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) and Ayala Museum have cooked up something really good this month!
As part of the 4th Philippine International Literary Festival celebration, the NBDB, FHL and Ayala Museum presents POPtastik Pinoy. POPtasktik Pinoy is a whole day affair and will feature a series of talks covering pinoy komiks to novels to short stories and TV. Among the panel of discussants and moderators are comic artists Manix Abrera, Noel Pascua, AJ Bernardo,Karen Francisco and Budjette Tan; novelists Eros Atalia, Luna Sicat Cleto and Edgar Samar; scriptwriter Suzette Doctolero; fictionists Sarge Lacuesta and Yvette Tan; journalists Ruel de Vera and Kristine Fonacier; and Prof. Patrick Campos.
I am a day late but, hey, better late than never, right? (That’s what I told my professors then. It rarely works but it’s worth the shot, eh?)
Anyway, I have been stalking Lindsay Cummings’ blog for some time now. She has a book coming out next year and it sounds pretty darn awesome. I’ve always been into dark, haunting, blood-soaked dystopias and her debut novel, The Murder Complex, hits all the right spots.
Here’s a little tidbit from Goodreads:
Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision. The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is-although he doesn’t know it-one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?
And yesterday, Lindsay Cummings has put a face to this baby.
Isn’t it gorgeous? To add more to your excitement, the lovely author is giving away some cool stuff – signed ARCs, The Murder Complex bookmarks and #booknerdigans shirts. Want to join? (I know you want to.) Just click on the image below.
The Murder Complex will be released on June 10, 2014 but if you can’t wait for that check out the prequel The Fear Trials to be released May 27 under Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins.
You can pre-order both books already.
Also, get to know the author more from these links.
Well, I only have two on my list right for this month, and I already bought one while the other I’ve read a year ago but, because I’m OC with book covers, did not buy the physical copy. Anyway, here are the two books I’ve been waiting for this November.
He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?
June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.
Summary from Amazon.com
If you want to read the first chapter, Amazon has it. Check it out from this link. Champion has been released last November 5.
It’s not really new. The harcover has been out for nearly a year but for the sake of my OC tendencies when it comes to book covers, I am including Reached, the third and last book in Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy. The paperback version is set to be released November 19.
That’s about it. I think most of the books on my Most Anticipated Reads list for this year has been released.
SO, I’ve read Allegiant a week ago and I’ve already posted my review but I am pretty sure there are still many out there who have not read the book yet. Considering that it’s 500+ pages, you wouldn’t really know what to expect (yes, even if the ending has been spoiled for you, you still wouldn’t know how things came to that so better read). Anyway, spoilers aside, here are some things you can do after reading Tris and Tobias’ and dystopian Chicago’s last hurrah.
1. BRING OUT THE ICE CREAM AND CHOCOLATES! COMFORT FOOD IT IS!
After reading the whole book, this is what I told myself:
And so, I ran to the nearest 7/11 store to get chocolates and ice cream.
Well, I didn’t get Ben and Jerry’s because it’s not available but I got a tub of ice cream nonetheless. Yeah, because food is always, ALWAYS better than Xanax.
Yes, yes…life really isn’t fair and you can’t always tell yourself to
So, just bring out your stored boxes of Kleenex and let it all out.
3. LET MUSIC HEAL YOUR SOUL.
Yes, I totally pirated ‘NSYNC and Gloria Stefan there in that line but really, music helps. I already have a mixtape for Allegiant.
4. TALK IT OUT WITH FRIENDS.
Because you can never contain so much feels to yourself.
Or not. Whatever suits you, just be with friends.
5. OPEN A NEW BOOK.
And accompany new characters through their adventures.
I haven’t been this excited for a series in a long time. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series was the last one that did this to me. But I had to do catch up for that. There were already three Harry Potter books when I got sucked in.
I was always sort of late in starting book series. I started reading Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy when Catching Fire came out. I rushed through Ally Condie’s first two Matched books a few weeks before the last book’s release. That was a bad idea because I had to re-read all three books again since rushing made me miss a lot of the trilogy’s plot points. And, hey,I just started Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy a year after the last book came out.
But it’s different for the Divergent trilogy. I’ve been on the Divergent train from the very start. Someone gave me an ebook copy, and I immediately got hooked. I fell in love with the whole story; with Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago the moment Tris accepted her divergence.
It’s been two years since I’ve first read it and the Divergent fanbase has definitely grown. I have more people to talk about it now. I’ve converted some of my friends, convincing them to read the books and even giving away a few copies. That’s how much I’ve loved this series. Suffice to say, saying good-bye to it is hard. Bittersweet.
After reading Allegiant, though, things are mostly bitter than it is sweet.
Allegiant, the last book in Roth’s Divergent trilogy, picks up from where Insurgent ended with the factions collapsed, the factionless – under Evelyn’s leadership – taking over the city, and the discovery that they were all put inside the fenced-in Chicago by a group of people who may need their help. Buoyed to discover the truth about their city and their existence, the trilogy’s protagonist Tris goes outside the fence with Tobias, Cara, Christina, Uriah, Caleb and Peter. What they discover completely obliterates everything they know and believe in.
Again, I fell in love with the first two books. I still am, actually, and I wanted to love Allegiant as much as Divergent and Insurgent but I just can’t. It’s not even because of the ending, although that made me sad, too.
Allegiant is an ambitous book, and it should be after the success of its predecessors but there’s a fine line between being ambitous enough and outright being bombastically, overly ambitous you lose touch of any realism. Allegiant crossed that line.
My biggest issue with Allegiant was Veronica Roth’s plotting. Instead of tying loose ends from Divergent and Insurgent, she pulled even more strings into the mix. The result? A convoluted mess of a story that’s confusing at best. I feel that the conclusion was rushed and does not offer neither explanation or resolution.
The switching between Tris’ and Tobias’ point of views also didn’t help. I know she said that she needed two characters to narrate her story, to give the readers a multi-faceted view of the world she created but it did not work. Personally, I didn’t get any new information from reading Tobias’ POV. It actually confused me even more to the extent that I have to check every chapter whose POV I’m reading. He started sounding like Tris, and it led me to feel like I didn’t know his character at all. Allegiant’s Tobias is a million miles away from the one I knew from the first two books. Divergent’s and Insurgent’s Tobias is tough, confident, strong and brave. The one in Allegiant is a pale and weak version of him.
Continuing my discourse on character development or lack thereof in Allegiant, let me go to Tris. Tris, stubborn and reckless; Tris, my favorite character in the trilogy. I expected Roth to stabilize her beliefs, make her go forward. That does not happen, though, instead she goes on retrograde – travelling backwards to her demise. It wasn’t so much her death that affected me, it was the way it played out. It was senseless. Don’t get me wrong, I’m okay with writers deciding to kill off their main characters but it has to make sense and it has to push the narrative forward. Roth did not do Tris, who’s such a great character, justice. Also, the author could have taken that chance to give Caleb the redemption he so deserves.
Allegiant is so full of interesting characters which Roth could’ve explored more. I’ve mentioned Caleb, now add Marcus and Peter into that list. Then there’s also the dynamics between Marcus and Evelyn, the Allegiant and the factionless and, of course, Tris and Tobias but you wouldn’t want me to start on that last one because this review would need 10 more pages.
I know Veronica Roth can write better than this. She’d shown an incredible talent in being able to get her readers’ attention, draw them into the world she created and make themselves immersed in it. She also has the knack for creating really amazing and varied characters. She’d shown that in both Divergent and Insurgent. I gave those books a 4 and a 5 respectively, that’s how good they were.
Allegiant could have been a better book if the author was able to plot more carefully. I’m more sorry for all the lost potential than the unnecessary ending. I will still recommend Divergent and Insurgent to people who haven’t read it yet. Allegiant, however, is a read-at-your-own risk kind of book. There were things I liked about Allegiant – Tris and Tobias finally talking things out like adults 75% into the book, how Tobias’ grief was potrayed and the role of his and Tris’ friends in his handling it – but there were just more things I can’t let pass.
This review doesn’t mean that I hate Veronica Roth. I am still a fan, she, after all created this wonderful, intriguing world and all its amazing, interesting characters. I wouldn’t be this affected if her writing wasn’t effective to begin with. She made me care about this fictional world and all these characters, and that says a lot about her. Allegiant just did not work out for me but that does not invalidate the rest of the trilogy. I will definitely still read Roth’s works in the future. Come to think of it, there are stil three Four short stories.
Please know that giving Allegiant this rating hurts.
Also, I will still watch the Divergent movie and I would still love for the other two books to get the same treatment (ATTENTION: Summit Entertainment). Seeing these books become movies, translated into a different medium, is both exciting and intriguing at the same time.