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Logan Byrne – Banded

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Wow. Seriously, just wow.

It’s not often that I give a book a 1 star rating as I’m usually quite a good judge of what books I will enjoy reading, but I judged this one way off.

I just cringed most of the way through as it was so blatantly a rip-off of other books, most obviously Divergent. Oh, it’s a society where everyone lives in different zones depending on their abilities and contribution to society? Stalwart (strength), Astute (intelligence), Collusive (greed), Radiant (beauty), Quixotic (no life direction), and the Altruistic (willingness to help others). Hmmmmm, that sounds familiar!

And how do you get sorted into these zones, I hear you ask? Well let me tell you, you put on a hat and it listens to your thoughts and makes a decision. A ‘sorting hat’ if you like. Sounds familiar does it?

Honestly, I struggled to get through this book. So many times I just wanted to stop, but I hate giving up on a book without giving it a chance to redeem itself, but this book had gone too far the wrong way for redemption in my eyes.

I really hope this book was self-published, because if this concept got through an editor to publishing, I’m not sure how they didn’t have thoughts of plagiarism running through their heads.

Sorry to be so negative, but I just really really couldn’t find anything I liked about this book, and as much as I hate to give a book a 1-star review, I just can’t give it anything other.

Review: Veronica Roth – Divergent

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Veronica Roth - DivergentI had high hopes for this book after hearing a lot of positive reviews and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. It had a lot to live up to after being mentioned many times as the next Hunger Games, a series which I absolutely loved, but I think if it’s possible, I may love this one more.

The main premise of the book is a future world split into five factions: Abnegation; the selfless, Candor; the truthful, Erudite; the knowledgable, Amity; the kind, and Dauntless; the brave. As a child, you grow up in the same faction as your parents, but at age sixteen, you get to choose which faction will be your place for the rest of your life, possibly leaving your family behind forever. Before you make this choice, you take an aptitude test which tells you which faction is most suited for you, but when Beatrice takes this test, she somehow manages to break the simulation. The woman administering her test tells Beatrice that she is Divergent, not fitting to any of the factions, and that she should never ever tell anyone.

I don’t want to go any further into the plot, because I don’t want to spoil this for any of you who may want to read it yourself, and I really would recommend that you do. But the book follows Beatrice to her newly chosen faction and through the initiation process, with it being imperative that she passes so that she doesn’t end factionless.

The book didn’t pull any punches, leaving nothing out in describing the fear that Beatrice is feeling every step of the way. We get to see her learning the ways of her new faction, while trying not to miss her family, and wondering what it means to be divergent. I felt every bit of fear and uncertainty that Beatrice was feeling, I felt so connected to the character that there were times when it was all I could do not to cry out at what I was reading.

The book sets up very nicely for book number two, Insurgent. I made a special trip to WH Smiths yesterday to buy it, I couldn’t wait for it to be delivered from Amazon, I need to read it now, like right now.

I’ll leave you with my favourite quote from the book, it really stood out to me:

“I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

5/5