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Brisbane Writers Festival 2018

For those of you who have been reading my blogs for awhile know that I have been to BWF before and have really enjoyed the weekend I spent listening and being immersed in the talks all the authors give. This year was no exception other than the fact that I sadly could only attend two sessions on just one day because life just didn’t line up.

Veronica Roth was the big draw for me this year. If the name for some reason the name doesn’t ring a bell she is the author of the widely popular Divergent series which I loved for the most part, and also the Carve the Mark Duology which I am sadly contemplating DNFing because I am not getting into it. I really wanted to get them all signed though so I gathered up all my books and put them in a bag I hoped and prayed that the rain would stay away long enough for me to get to the venue as it poured down about 5 minutes before I had to go.

I was also praying that there would be a few no shows for the event so that I could even get in to listen to her talk as I had missed out on the free tickets. I was originally planning to go to her evening cosplay event on the  6th after work, but I ended up having to clean for a house inspection on the 7th so I had to miss that and just go with the free event on the 8th. Luckily for me there were a few no shows so I could go in and sit down and listen to the talk, which was amazing and funny, but unluckily for me not so many no shows that there was enough time after for her to sign more than one of everyones books. While I was sad that I couldn’t get everything signed and that I had lugged all of the books with me for no reason, Divergent is the one I care about the most and I got it signed and I am really happy with that. I had a chat with her about how she held a baby echidna and you can see the joy about the discussion on our faces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veronica had another author on her panel, Cally black. While I had never heard of her before, I left with one of her books signed. I really enjoyed listening to what she had to say and she really helped make the panel so enjoyable I just had to pick up the book and get it signed. I hope I enjoy it as much as enjoyed listening to her talk and the adorable cupcake counterpart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After this panel I stayed for the Alison Goodman panel, and she is the author of Eon and Eona and the Lady Helen trilogy. Eon and Eona have been on my TBR for ages and I was really looking forward to buying them both and getting them signed but of course the book booth wasn’t selling matching copies of the books so I couldn’t have that. I ended up getting the first two Lady Helen books because she talked about the series on the panel and it sounded like something I would be interested in. I am so annoyed though that the last one is not out and it wont be signed like the rest of the them. I have so many signed books, but I don’t think I have a completed set signed. There is always generally one book that doesn’t get signed and I just have to sit here and wait for the author to maybe one day come back. . . I am super happy about what I do get signed though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So after that I decided that was enough day for me, I had spent way more money than I wanted to by this point and the amount of heavy books that I had to walk home with was already a bit much before I left the house, and I had now added three more to the pile. The weather gods were smiling down on me though because 10 minutes after I got home, it started pouring down again, and I managed to go out and back without having to hide from the rain with my books.

 

Till Next Time. . .

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From Book To Movie – Divergent

Title: Divergent

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance

Rating: 4.5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 123

Description/Synopsis:

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Hmmm. I have some thoughts about this movie. I enjoyed it well enough and I smiled through some parts but there were some points where I just wanted to yell at the screen cause it was all wrong. They are as follows:

  1. Character hight. Tris is supposed to be the shortest person at last in the transfers. So why oh why was she like miles higher than Christina?! Actually lets just say that Christina all up. She was horribly cast. I hate her.
  2. Tris didn’t go colder in personality as the story continued. She seemed to cry at every chance she got. She has a mental breakdown in the lunch room after all attacked her (so not the Tris we know!) and she tries to talk Will out of shooting her instead of just shooting then proceeds to have another breakdown and she totally breaks down when her mum dies, though that one didn’t bother me so much.
  3. Lack of pain. Tris, and a few other people, are suppose to just be made of bruises at some points but they barely ever got a scratch. I was so looking forward to seeing how they made Tris look after she nearly got thrown off that ledge cause that is suppose to put her back in everyones good graces but nope. They didn’t do that, she just had a tiny little scratch. But I suppose they didn’t need to bring her back into their good graces because she never left them!!!! The only person who got angry was Al. I mean really guys, you are trying to describe this world as cut throat yet they are still all lovely dovey at the same time? Doesn’t work.
  4. She barely got shot. I know you think this may fall under number 3 but I think it deserves its own spot. She isn’t really able to use that arm at all in the next book, yet she barely got a scratch from that bullet in this movie. It is also meant to be the reason why Jeanine sends her off to be killed, because she doesn’t think she will live with the amount of blood she loss, but in the movie she says she’s defective or something… which doesn’t even make sense… her being hurt would have no effect on her little mind control things or no one in the book if they got hurt would still be under her control… Stupid. Just so so stupid. You are probably expecting me to complain about about how she didn’t get put into the tub of water to die cause Jeanine made it special for her, which at first I was annoyed about, but when I think about it its ok that they were just going to go shoot her, the moment of salvation still worked.
  5. Key moment changes. Tris is the one to capture the flag, she only had 5 fears instead of 6 though thats not very big, Four isn’t computer savvy for some stupid reason and so at the end they change nearly everything! Jeanine isn’t suppose to help them! It was just so wrong. Molly was nice to Tris, she was never nice to anyone. Peter didn’t stab Edward and thusly I didn’t feel the hatred I was suppose to feel for him. He also wasn’t revealed as one of the guys that tries to kill Tris. He was just annoying the movie. Her mothers death. Though I will accept the way they did it cause it still kind of works, the moment in the book was more heartbreaking. As her mother runs off to distract and sacrifice herself she has a moment of my mother was all selfless and brave. It was beautiful. The way they went with was still touching, but not as much.

So yes, if you ignore all those things that really annoyed me I thought it was a pretty good movie.

There was some moments when she was the Tris I thought she should be. Like when she threw the knife at Jeanine’s hand, that was awesome. Her reactions to people doubting if she would actually shoot them was funny.

I thought Four was pretty well done cast wise. I thought that his fears didn’t seem to bother him as much as they should have, but I till let that slide because in his fear landscapes he was training her on how to do it in a way that Dauntless people would do things. In terms of changes I thought this was a really good one. I always thought that someone should have told her a few things not to do so that she didn’t stick out like a sore thumb so much.

The romance felt a little forced to me but I was satisfied by it none the less. I think the best bit of this relationship was when they were eating lunch. You go Tris, put him in his place.

One thing I didn’t get but can let go of because I think it would have been pretty hard to do was the glass dome thing inside of the Dauntless headquarters. I would have loved to see that, but I get why they left it out. I completely loved how they showed the zip-line thing though. It went of for ages and looked so much better on screen than it did in my head. I was there flying with her in the movie, it was totally awesome! The cracks she went through in buildings and the extra things they threw in was awesome. I loved the way that all the factions were introduced, I loved the Dauntless, they looked awesome!! I would want to join them too. I was so sad that they left out the bit where Christina is scared of moths, that was an awesome scene.

The fear landscapes were done and awesomely introduced. I loved the one with the dog scene the most. When she leapt at that dog was awesome. The birds were scary, I was like NO NOT THE EYES! the entire time she was dealing with them. I have always loved when she shatters the glass tank. They pulled that scene off perfectly.

Though Eric and Peter were not the ones I was used to, I still hated them. Even though, that moment when Tris is running after the train to play in the war games even though Eric said she was out, and then she gets on and kind of tells him off a bit and you kind of see a bit of respect go into his eyes and he lets her stay. I am really interested to see if that moment kind of changes anything later on. (I was so happy when I saw her running for that train. Awesome, awesome scene.)

One other bit that actually annoyed me was that Tris didn’t seem to hate contact the way she is suppose to, so Four was like a rapist in her fear landscape. Not good!

The soundtrack was really well done.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet don’t read the next bit it might be really distracting.

Some funny thing that I was kind of giggling about the entire time thanks to TheBookTuber, Jeanine’s actor is preggers while filming so the entire time, she has like folders or laptop bags in her hand always moving them to try and hide it hahaha. I really hope you have seen the movie before you read this, because you can’t unsee it.

So yes, I did actually love this movie despite all my book loving complaints. It was good. People who read the book should at least give it ago, but if you nit pick too much you might not like it. I’m interested in seeing how they do the next one, cause all the books are very different from each other.

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Book Review – Allegiant

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Title: Allegiant [Divergent 3]

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Action

Length: 526

Rating: 5 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Movie Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. 

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Now I am commanding all people who have not read the book yet to leave this post. Good bye! This a spoiler filled post and I will not have the story ruined for you.

Have the people who haven’t read it yet left? If not well you were fully warned.

Out of all the books this is probably the most serious ones. It was kind of disturbing to find out that all their lives were just some experiment the government set up to try and get everyones genes back to the way they should be. Plus the fact that they were all being watched 24/7. Just so creepy. The people who went in their made that choice, but they wiped their memories and then they became new people who didn’t make that choice, let alone all the people who were born there after, no one had a right to treat them that way. It creeped me out so much that I had to put it down quite often.

Because of how I felt about the whole being watched thing I thought it was really wrong at the end of the book that our lovely characters decided to wipe the minds of the government people who were running the experiment. It was a bit hypocritical of them.

While I loved Christina in this book and couldn’t believe there was a time when I didn’t like her, Tobias seriously pissed me off to begin with. This whole “damaged” thing he got labelled with by the government because his genes aren’t right seriously messed with his head and he just walked around being stupid and all why me for agesIt made him do some really stupid stuff which ended completely devastatingly and I hope he feels just crap about it forever.

That being said I am so glad that he and Tris worked their shit out in this book because I wouldn’t want him to feel that bad about the things he did if they hadn’t of.

Because you see, and here is the big big spoiler so I will say it again that anyone who hasn’t read should just leave now, Tris dies. Oh my god I cried when I finally accepted that it actually happened. That last scene between her and Tobias as beautiful, and Tris’ death was beautiful in its own way. Her personality was leading up the point that lead to her death so I saw that coming, but I was so sure she was going to come back for the longest time. The way she saw her mother and she embraced Tris, I was like her mum totally didn’t die after all she is coming back. But she didn’t and the last thing she got to ‘experience’ was a loving and consoling moment with her mother. Tobias and Christina’s reactions were just shattering.

The writing style of the book annoyed me to begin with. We have gone through the first two books just in Tris’ head and I wasn’t sure that I liked seeing things from Tobias’ perspective. There wasn’t enough distinction between their two minds for my liking and I kept forgetting whoes head I was in at the time. I got used to it though and by the end I understood why it was written that way. I thought it was because Tobias was being stupid but it was because Tris wasn’t going to be around for the whole book. At the beginning of every chapter we got told whoes head we were in, and after Tris died and Tobias accepted that it had actually happened, we stopped getting someones name at the beginning of the new chapter because there was only one option left. I thought this was an awesome technique because I didn’t believe that Tris was dead until I stopped seeing names, thats when I accepted it.

So yes, I loved this book even though it wasn’t at all what I was expecting when I started the first one and it wasn’t my favourite out of all of them I still really really enjoyed it. Roth really took me on a journey and kept throwing me punches I hadn’t seen coming. So go read the series! Its worth it and the movie is out now so read the book before you see it. I haven’t seen the movie yet (Soon!) but I think it looked pretty good.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Insurgent

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Title: Insurgent [Divergent 2]

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Action

Length: 525

Rating: 5 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Movie Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book is just as a good as the first one but has a much darker tone to it. Things are also constantly happening rather than it all happening at the end of the book.

Rollercoaster feelings happened. I have a change of heart about many characters. By the end I didn’t like Tori because I found her to be way more crazy than I originally thought, I totally despised Caleb with a passion. I wanted to ripped his eyes out and peel his skin from his body, one little bit at a time. While he was a awake and feel all this happening. Yeah thats the kind of hatred he produced. There was also a person who was an enemy who I was like, I don’t know if I can hate you anymore. I also actually fell in love Christina in this book. Which you think would have been hard to do because of what happened with Will and Tris and how I found her a bit iffy in the first one, but the whole thing with Will kind of brought them closer together I couldnt not love her after that. That scene where she forgives Tris for what happens to Will brought me to tears it was so beautiful. We also see Edward again, and oh my god is he bonkers, and we get much awaited deaths, and I took sooo much joy from at least one of them.

Tris and Four’s relationship was rocky in this story. I think this annoyed some people but not me. Who could have a solid relationship with what is happening in their world and with everything they are going through. Though I will agree that most of their issues wouldn’t be happening if they actually talked to each other and that was a bit annoying. That being said these issues do not over power the rest of the story time which was refreshing.

Tris’ struggle with dealing with the death of her parents and how things ended with Will is just so sad. I feel so bad for her. So much sadness. She is struggling so hard and Four tries to help her but he doesn’t really help much and she kind of goes on a “I shouldn’t be alive” stint. She can’t even hold a gun anymore. Thats a series issue in her world.

I think one of my favourite scenes would have to be one where the Dauntless return home and play a game of paintball. Everyone is just so happy and getting along for a change and it was just a really good contrast to all the horrible things. We needed a pick me up from the sadness. Another good scene which lightens up the of the book is when Tris is drugged with the Amity ‘happy’ drug they put in their bread to keep everyone calm and mellow. Tris gets injected with way too much and is totally loopy cause of it. Tris on the drug, and how Tris reacted when it finally wore off was great.

My next favourite scene spoiler would have to be when Tris is going through the simulations Jeanine set up for her, trying to win the battle and be able to trick her divergent mind into forgetting she is in a simulation. In what I think is one of the last ones Jenean put her through (there were other before hand) she snaps out of one having to do with Tobias and says “You’ll have to do better than that Jeanine,” and Jeanine totally flips out because she can’t understand how she keeps beating them. It was a glorious moment because really, who wants Jeanine to be happy? End spoiler.

At the end of the book we get left with a huge cliff hanger than completely changes the course in which the entire story was going and can only lead to serious changes happening in the next book. I can’t wait to start! And I demamd that everyone go read these books. They are just so awesome, and the movie is coming out/is out in some places and you should always do the books before the movie!

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Book Review – Divergent

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Title: Divergent [Divergent 1]

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Action

Length: 333

Rating: 5 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Movie Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I read this book on my kindle, and I made it all the way through the book without making a single note. I know you guys can’t see my note making habits, but I rely on them heavily. I love my notes and highlights, they help so much when writing a review. This book didn’t receive any because I was so engrossed with what I was reading that I didn’t pause long enough to actually make any. I don’t normally buy hardcopies of books but I have now bought all three in hardcopy form cause I want them to last forever.

I loved Tris. I feel she had quite a bit of character development. People have talked about her being a hard and cold character and I didn’t agree at first at all. But when she moves into her new faction you can see it start to come through and there was one moment with her friend Al that I was like I totally see her coldness now. I love her but I dont know if I would want heras a friend. The poor girl is struggling with herself throughout the entire book because her whole life she has been told that she will fit into one place only and she just doesn’t. She isn’t perfect and she doesn’t really pretend to be and its a nice change. Though in the world she lives she should probably do a better job at trying to seem normal.

Four was a good character but I found a flaw with the way he was presented. His true identity is supposed to be like this big mystery but I worked out very quickly when Tris started questing who he was supposed to be. That being said I don’t think that it was super obvious, I just put the dots together, and I really look forward to getting to really know him in the next book.

The love between him and Tris took pretty much the whole book to happen and I was so glad, It was really a nice side thing that you will get more of in the next book.

I loved Tris’ friends most of the time, they lightened things up and gave me some giggles and some really really heartbreaking moments. Im going to say this, I still like Al at the end of the book. Thats all the you get about him. I dont know if I feel that way about some of the other friends though, some of the things they did were very kind of backstabby and I don’t think the friendships will last long. Oh and Will! Omg Will. Ah. I need to read the next one now because of Will. I also really loved and was moved by her parents. Her mum was awesome.

Her enemies I hated all of them with a passion, I wish they would all just die. But they don’t. I will read on the feel the pleasure of their deaths.

I also thought the world building and plot was very very interesting. I love dystopian books and sometimes you run the risk of kind them being the same because every idea in like nearly every genre has been done already at some point, but I didn’t find that here. Some people have said that they think this is just another Hunger Games, and though I kind of see their point, I think that it is also very different. It does have its own flare and creatures an original concept. Couldn’t get enough.

So yes, loved the characters and the world and everything inbetween. I suggest picking up the book before the movie comes out in the next couple of months. I have high hopes for the movie too!

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Book Haul – January/February

Welcome to another book haul where I present to you the pretties I bought throughout the month/s, plus something else today. Click on the image to buy yourself a copy from the The Book Depository. 

The books I bought in January are all books that I ‘saved’ from one of those cheap mass bookstores. I say saved because they don’t look after their books, and many of the books on the shelf are pretty much destroyed. I have seen one that is nearly completely ripped in half and yet they still try and sell it… If you see a hardback in one of these stores that you like that isnt damaged AND actually has its dust jack, just get it. In the store near me pretty much no hardbacks make it out alive.

Now these first two books I don’t actually know where you will be able to get copies of them which is sad because they are so cute and small (A6 size) and are pretty hardbacks. If anyone knows let me know cause I want to get the rest of the collection. 

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JAN02‘We have all been more or less to blame …
every one of us, excepting Fanny’

Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry’s attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary’s dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords’ influence and finds herself more isolated than ever. A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen’s most profound works.

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JAN03The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

Executed with high-spirited gusto, Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen’s novels, yet at its core this delightful novel is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage.

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Little-Women-by-Louisa-May-AlcottLittle Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I. Part II, chronicles Meg’s joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo’s struggle to become a writer, Beth’s tragedy, and Amy’s artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louise May Alcott’s childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth- century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.

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Then in February I bought another three books, all part of the same wonderful series. Pretty pretty hardback format.

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divergent_hqIn Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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insurgentOne choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

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cover_allegiantThe faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.