Category Archives: Dystopian

Enclave by Ann Aguirre (Razorland #1)

Enclave by Ann Aguirre (Razorland #1)Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Series: Razorland
Published by Macmillan, Square Fish on April 11th 2011
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 259
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Goodreads
four-stars

Enclave was a really awesome read about ZOMBIES. I’m pretty obsessed with zombies at the moment, so this was facilitating my zombie love because they were a significant part of the novel. However it wasn’t like most zombie apocalypse books, where the entire book is about surviving the zombies. Zombies, or “Freaks”, were a big part of the plot, but there were a lot of other obstacles the characters had to overcome.

Deuce is part of an enclave underground and has been training her whole life to become a Huntress. They patrol the grounds, learn to fight and keep the Freaks away from the enclave. No one in the enclave has been aboveground because if they do, they believe they will die.

Deuce reminded me of Katniss, because of her slight unfeeling nature toward some things. She’s slightly ignorant towards people and doesn’t have a lot of emotional intelligence. However, I did like her, and simply felt sorry for her in some instances. She’s been living underground her whole life, and random things would crop up sometimes that seem obvious to us, but a revelation to her. Things she never knew about, like what chocolate was. C’mon. NOT KNOWING WHAT CHOCOLATE IS. I have to admit, that stood out to me more than some of the other instances.

The entire community of the enclave is corrupt and downright awful. Understandably though. None of the people brought up there were taught differently. Still, I did wonder why none of them actually though for themselves! Their whole community was a bunch of sheep, not questioning anything. The fact that they were underground, meant they had no idea of what was surreal. They could have been told marshmallows fell from the sky and believed it.

This is a book I’ve not heard much about but really recommend. The world is completely different and interesting. I read a whole book on it, yet I could read two more and still be fascinated. The characters have room for growth, and even developed in this instalment. I’m really interested to read about how Deuce changes, but also the more minor characters. There’s even enough romance to satisfy me, but again, there was this reminder of The Hunger Games and similarities between the two. I’m not going to delve into that now though, it’s complicated to explain, but if you’ve read it, comment and tell me if you understand! The only thing that was really lacking throughout Enclave was humour. The lack of humour gave this novel a brittle edge, and was hard to read at times because it’s so bleak.

Rating: 4 stars.

 

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My Top Five Most Anticipated Film Adaptations

   Number 5: The Fault in our Stars

I’m not too psyched about Ansel Elgort being cast as Augustus or Shailene Woodley getting another Young Adult role–I like to see different actors, especially with Young Adult. Ansel and Shailene are also in Divergent, and I think that’s what dampens the mood a little for me. Their relationship has to change from going completely platonic to sizzling chemistry. I’m sure they’re exceptional actors, I just hope they can carry off the different relationships in Divergent and TFioS.  I’m still excited for TFioS, but not as much as I want to be. I adore the book and I really want to see the magical scene in Amsterdam, and how it compares to my imagination.

John Green seemed really happy about the casting and told people to stop worrying and that everything will be fine. I’m putting my trust in you John Green.

Release date: unknown

 

Coming in at number 4: Catching Fire

catching-fire-finnick_810x506smallOne word. Finnick. He’s such a fantastic character and I’m really excited to see how Sam Claflin captures his humour. Jennifer Lawrence seems like such a down-to-earth person, and she looks incredibly badass as Katniss. This time it’s the Quarter Quell, and I’m intrigued as to how that’s going to look. Plus, Josh Hutcherson is going to be wearing a skin-tight wetsuit. But yeah, that’s irrelevant.

Release date: November 20/1

 

Number 3: Divergent

Divergent-EW-First-Look-07smallThe latest stills that have been released are tormenting! Shailene Woodley and Theo James look amazing, with Tris in action and Four looking over her with smouldering eyes. Lately, they have both been on the cover of EW, which is sadly American, because I’d love to buy an actual copy. See those stills here and a video of the shoot here.

If you haven’t read Divergent by Veronica Roth, I suggest you jump on the bandwagon–especially if you’re looking for a new Dystopia to read.

Release date: 2014

 

Number 2: City of Bones

lily-collins-jamie-campbell-bower-mortal-instruments-stills-02smallThis is almost joint with number one, it’s getting so close now to releasing, it’s unreal. News has been released that providing the response for COB is good, they are almost certainly shooting City of Ashes in Autumn.

I’m actually going to a signing to see Cassandra Clare and Jamie Campbell Bower in London. Squee! More on that later though…

Release date: 23rd August

 

Number 1: Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

1000430_604599296241104_1888292972_nsmallWhy is anyone surprised this is my number one? I’ve been excited for this film since 2010, when they first put up a Facebook page about it. Nothing happened for two years and then BAM, they have a Rose, Dimitri and Lissa. I’m a little disappointed that Divergent has released a load of stills and been on the cover of EW magazine, yet VA:BS hasn’t done much marketing yet. Especially considering Divergent releases later than VA:BS.

Richelle has recently been interviewed and she talks about the movie and what she thought on the casting, you can read them here and here.

 

Other films to look out for are The Maze Runner–which is coincidently being released on the same day as VA:BS–I haven’t read it, but I hear it’s good. Also, The Fifth Wave which is extremely early in production, but nevertheless exciting.

These are my picks, what are yours?

 

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Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Published by HarperCollins, HarperCollins Children's Books on February 28th 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 487
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
five-stars

Divergent (Divergent, #1)This book was incredibly intense from beginning to end, there was always something happening and once I got roped in, I didn’t stop reading.

There are five factions in this dystopian world:

Abnegation—the selfless

Erudite—the intelligent

Candor—the honest

Dauntless—the brave

Beatrice was born in Abnegation, and is told never to ask questions, respect your elders, don’t look in the mirror and always help others–no matter the cost to you. She must wear gray robes, so she’s not separating herself from anyone or being individual and to not show much skin. To Beatrice, this never came naturally, and she found herself growing up constantly having to remind herself of these rules. They may seem weird, however Abnegation believe these rules make them utterly selfless. These five factions are how their community live in peace, with no murder and because all the council members are Abnegation, also no corruption.

Beatrice is sixteen and soon she will have the choice of leaving abnegation and joining another faction. That would mean never seeing her family again and being cast out. Before that decision though, her and other sixteen-year-olds to take a test. It is impossible to prepare for and informs their choice considering the type of person they are and how they react in certain situations, however, it’s not compulsory to choose that faction.

The world is so inventive and everything was explained well. With books in dystopian worlds, there’s always the risk of information-dumping, however, I never felt bombarded with information and I was always intrigued. Divergent is compared with The Hunger Games quite a bit, and I would recommend it if you liked The Hunger Games. I think it’s compared because Divergent has factions and lots of ruthless fighting, with corruption. The Hunger Games has districts with ruthless fighting and corruption. However, I believe Roth has brought something different to the table, and once I started to read, I realized that they are very different worlds with completely different characters, but they are both dystopian and that’s where the similarities lie.

I flew through the pages, and before I knew it, I was finished. Page after page, of action, humour and unpredictable things, I was so immersed I didn’t have time to make predictions about how it would end.

The characters were written really well, a few stood out that had a lot of depth and despite the fact this was in first person of Tris’s point of view, I felt huge empathy for other characters.

Tris was amazing, she was strong and took everything in her stride, even when I felt like breaking down and crying for her. She had to grow up a lot, because she wasn’t used to facing the corruption and violence in her comfort home of Abnegation. She was shielded from a lot and just seemed to be going through the motions in life, and then suddenly, she’s jumping from trains and fighting people every single day. Her character was so likeable, she was a little lost, but fighting for what she felt was right and had a witty humour that came out now and again.

The relationship with her father was regrettably distant, he was very self-righteous, but Tris had a lot of support from her mother, who had more secrets than she first appeared to.

Overall it was an engaging book with a strong teenage character, that first drew me in with it’s vivid world.

Rating: 5 Stars

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