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  • Rachel and Rebecca, Tremendous Trilogies

    Tremendous Trilogies, Volume Ten.

    19.11.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Tremendous Trilogies, Volume Ten.

    Since this is the third dystopian themed Tremendous Trilogy in a row, let us tell you a little bit about the genre. The word dystopia comes from Ancient Greek and translates to “bad” or “hard”. Dystopian settings are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic (what an excellent word, thanks Wikipedia) decline in society. More often than not, this translates into some form of social commentary as the cataclysmic decline has been caused by a current day (for us, the reader) socio-political issue. So something like pollution, poverty, societal collapse, political repression, or totalitarianism for example, has lead to said cataclysmic decline. There’s often a good old fashioned good vs evil storyline; the evil component usually being the one in power which leads to a battle or revolution at some point. There might be some characters with extraordinary abilities thrown in and of course, a love story. Of course that’s just a quick overview of some of the tropes of the dystopian genre, we’re sure we’ve missed something.

    And after all that learning, let us reward you with the most excellently named Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness. Bonus! All the books have wonderful titles as well (in our humble opinion anyway).

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Knife of Never Letting Go

    Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee – whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not – stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden. But it’s a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives. But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Ask and the Answer

    We were in the square, in the square where I’d run, holding her, carrying her, telling her to stay alive, stay alive till we got safe, till we got to Haven so I could save her – But there weren’t no safety, no safety at all, there was just him and his men… Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode…

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsMonsters of Men

    “War,” says the Mayor. “At last.” Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they’re so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await? But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge.


  • Graphic Novels, Rachel and Rebecca

    Graphic Novels in the Real World

    12.11.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Graphic Novels in the Real World

    Superheroes and fantastical worlds aren’t the only things that are depicted in graphic novels. They’re also a great way to explore the ‘harder’ issues that real life throws up at us. Sometimes they’re a realistic, straightforward depiction of events and problems; other times they’re more allegorical. Some inspiring, some heart-rending, all of them well worth reading. Here are Nicola’s picks for the best graphic novels set in the real world:

    When the Wind Blows, Raymond Briggs

    Last year this graphic novel celebrated its twentieth birthday. Depicting an elderly couple’s response to a nuclear attack, it manages to feel as relevant today as it did when it was published, during the tail end of the Cold War. It is utterly heartbreaking, and probably is one of the most affecting graphic novels ever produced. Hilda and Jim seem not to comprehend the situation; they’re perfect stand-ins for ordinary people caught in events out of their control.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Arrival, Shaun Tan

    There’s no dialogue in The Arrival, but Shaun Tan’s art more than carries the story. A man flees his homeland, leaving his wife and child behind. He struggles to adjust in a new place, eventually finding happiness and a sort of peace. This isn’t a land you’ve ever seen before; buildings twist into strange shapes and oddly shaped creatures live as pets and pests in a forest of a city. This doesn’t detract from the central theme, however. In a strange way, by removing it from a recognisable setting, Tan makes the story more universal.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Resistance series, Carla Jablonski

    If your homeland was invaded and occupied, what would you do? Would you fight for your country? Or would you say nothing and try to carry on? This series tells of a group of siblings growing up in a small town during the Nazi Occupation of France. They struggle to answer these questions, as the lines between enemy and friend become ever more complicated. There are three books in this series; Resistance, Defiance and Victory.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHeart Transplant, Andrew H. Vachss

    Sean is one of those kids who’s fallen through the cracks. He lives with his alcoholic mother and her dead-beat boyfriend, until their murder, which threatens to isolate him more. He finds a home with his mother’s boyfriend’s father “Pop”, and learns to defend himself against bullies. Right at the beginning of this graphic novel, Sean rejects the Hollywood outsider-gains-respect narrative. He doesn’t finish off the book being any more popular than he is. That’s not what this book is about. Instead, Pop helps him learn the hard lessons about being a man, and not letting the darkness inside you destroy your future.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsFax from Sarajevo : a story of survival, Joe Kubert

    The siege of Sarajevo lasted from 1992 to 1996, making it one of the longest sieges in the history of modern warfare. Thousands were killed in the siege, which part of the Bosnian war. This book is based off faxes a man called Ervin Rustemagic sent his friends, which detail the brutal conditions his family have to endure. Starvation, danger from snipers and mortar fire destroy any chance of a normal life for the citizens of Sarajevo. This is a fascinating book about modern conflict.


  • Books, Rachel and Rebecca

    We made this

    05.11.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on We made this

    So a while back, a cohort of staff got together after the library closed one Sunday afternoon to film a book dominoes video. It was the 21st of July and one hour in, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit the area. We promptly abandoned the idea. A month or so later we had worked up the courage to try again. Except the Friday before our second attempt? You guessed it; a 6.6 magnitude earthquake came rolling on through. Believing we were causing the earthquakes, we gave up on our book domino hopes and dreams. Who knew librarians were such a superstitious lot?

    Finally, with the competition heating up (and with four other branches having submitted entries) we gave it one last shot. Five hours and many, many pizzas later we are pleased to bring you the Central Team’s winning entry in the Wellington City Libraries Book Domino Challenge 2013:

    You can check out Island Bay’s entry here, Johnsonville’s here, Karori’s here and Tawa’s here.


  • Graphic Novels, Rachel and Rebecca

    Halloween Horrors

    29.10.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Halloween Horrors

    The spooky season is fast upon us. And to get you in the mood, here are Nicola’s favourite horror and supernatural themed graphic novels. Be warned: some are not for the faint of heart.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsDead High Yearbook

    High school can be hell; the old axiom is explored during this often gruesome exploration of the pressures of being a teenager. All these stories are drawn by a different artist, and connected by a single conceit: the dead students of a particular high school tell the stories of how they died. The humour’s black as pitch, so it manages to avoid being too depressing. Although if you’re squeamish, you might want to avoid it, as it gets very graphic in some places.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsDracula, adapted by Nicky Raven

    The original vampire story, condensed and beautifully illustrated. The original novel is an epistolary book, told in a series of documents. It’s a read that rewards the persistent, but this version simplifies the story while keeping the essence of thriller that’s at the heart of the story. I can’t stress enough how gorgeous the art in this book is; the individual pictures appear beside the text, but never overwhelm it. I love this adaptation; of all the graphic novel versions of classics, this one is my favourite.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSalem Brownstone : all along the watchtowers, by John Harris Dunning & Nikhil Singh

    A young man is called back to his ancestral pile after the death of his father, only to find that his father wasn’t the man his son thought he was. A nearby circus filled with eccentric characters help him negotiate a strange magical world. The stylised black and white illustrations lend this graphic novel an eerie feel. I’ve never seen a graphic novel quite like it. Absolutely worth a read if you’re looking for horror fantasy that’s utterly unique.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsCourtney Crumrin, Volume 1, The Night Things, written & illustrated by Ted Naifeh

    A unique take on the “magical girl” trope, this graphic novel has a bit more darkness than many of the others. Courtney is an anti-social teenager who has moved with her parents into her rich uncle’s house. Unfortunately the Crumrins don’t have the best reputation in the wealthy neighbourhood, and Courtney’s attitude doesn’t make it any easier to fit in. There is some foundation to the dark rumours, however: Uncle Aloysius is a magician, and Courtney borrows some of his magic books. However Courtney misuses them, and gets herself into a world of trouble.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsWoolvs in the Sitee, by Margaret Wild

    Something strange has happened. It is never explained what, but the narrator, Ben believes it to be “the woolvs”. Ben explains, in slightly mangled English, that these “woolvs” have chased off everyone and now “nuthing is rite.” Clearly, something has gone terribly wrong, but Ben isn’t the most reliable of narrators…this book is an eerie read, the text adding to the rough depictions of Ben’s world. While the rest of these graphic novels deal with explicit supernatural threats, the nature of this one is never really clear. It’s both fascinating and chilling.

    And with that, Happy Halloween!


  • Rachel and Rebecca, Trailers

    Trailer Tuesday

    22.10.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Trailer Tuesday

    The action one:

    The historical one:

    The literary one:

    (which is based on Lloyd Jones’ fantastic book)

    The funny one:


  • Rachel and Rebecca, Tremendous Trilogies

    Tremendous Trilogies, Volume Nine.

    15.10.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Tremendous Trilogies, Volume Nine.

    We’re on a bit of a dystopian fix at the moment (isn’t everybody?) and so for this Tremendous Trilogy we bring you: Beth Revis’ Across the Universe trilogy.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsAcross the Universe

    Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next. Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsA Million Suns

    It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to act on his vision – no more Phydus, no more lies. But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success (or failure) will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsShades of Earth

    Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They’re ready to start life afresh and build a home on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has travelled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn’t the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed’s former passengers aren’t alone on this planet. And if they’re going to stay, they’ll have to fight. Amy and Elder must race to discover who, or what else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed – friends, family, life on Earth – will have been for nothing.


  • Rachel and Rebecca

    A love letter to Elizabeth Wein

    08.10.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on A love letter to Elizabeth Wein

    Dear Elizabeth Wein,

    We love your characters, your writing style, and your ability to completely absorb us into the past. You opened our eyes to what life was like during World War Two in a way that history books haven’t. You changed the way we think about the world, (and what more can we ask for from a brilliant writer) and for this we thank you. The heroines of these two books, Verity and Rose respectively, are strong, fierce, resilient, and endearing young women who, in Maggie Stiefvater’s words, will “infest your heart.” They’re deeply relatable characters, particularly in their relationships with their loved ones, the best aspects of which we see in our own friendships. More than anything though we love the gloriously absorbing story you weave, particularly in Code Name Verity, where there were so many layers of narrative details that when we got to the end we had to start all over again.

    AND she has another series called ‘The Lion Hunters’ (which sadly we don’t have at the moment) which is Arthurian which means they feature subject matter pertaining or relating to King Arthur and his court.

    With much love and respect

    R n R

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsCode Name Verity

    Fair warning, this book has left more than one librarian in tears. It’s one of our all time favourite books. We, and many others on Goodreads, can’t quite put into words why we love it so much. The consensus seems to be: because it’s a completely different read to other YA, to other war stories, to other stories about women. Because while heartbreaking it’s tender and Elizabeth Wein pulls us between them both beautifully. Because in amongst the heartbreak it will make you laugh. Because it’s one hundred percent completely and utterly believable.

    That’s all well and good you say, but what’s it about? Verity has been shot down over WW2 occupied France. She’s an enemy agent being interrogated by SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden. They’ve struck a deal where he’ll stop the torture if she tells him everything she can remember about the British War Effort. But that story starts with Maddie, the pilot who flew Verity into France – an Allied Invasion of Two. It’s a rollicking good story with some seriously shocking twists. We cannot recommend it highly enough!

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsRose Under Fire

    Rose is an American, it’s 1944 and she’s just arrived in the UK to ferry planes. She’s more naive than the other girls and in the early part of the book the suspense builds as you just know something is going to go dastardly wrong. Which it does so spectacularly, landing Rose (quite literally) in Ravensbrück, the notorious women’s concentration camp. Where Verity was battling the Nazi’s by herself, Rose’s strength to fight them comes from her friendships with the other prisoners. More than caring for someone else though, Rose’s life depends on these friendships. The horrific conditions of the concentration camps are something that, because of time and distance, we can’t ever quite comprehend. However, the characters, and more specifically the relationships between them, are so very relatable that they pull us into the world Elizabeth Wein is describing with ease. Because we fell so in love with the characters, the horrors of WW2 resonated in a way they didn’t when we studied them in school.

    If you want to know more about the Nazi concentration camps, the Memorial Site and Museum of Auschwitz has a fantastic website as does the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum which can be found here.


  • Graphic Novels, Rachel and Rebecca

    Fantastical Graphic Novels

    01.10.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fantastical Graphic Novels

    Fantasy has never been more popular; these days you can’t turn around without falling over a book about vampires or werewolves or zombies. With these recommendations, though, Nicola was looking for something a little different than your average urban fantasy. Graphic novels are brilliant at bringing such worlds to life; often the true nature of the world depicted is shown in the background of the action. And so without further ado, these are Nicola’s picks for the best fantastical graphic novels:

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsGirl Genius, Kaja Boglio

    Girl Genius started life (and continues) as a webcomic. But if flicking through its not inconsiderable archives (it started in 2005) doesn’t appeal, you can take out the books in our collection. Set in an alternate history Steampunk Europe, which is currently under the control of the mighty Wulfenbach Empire. Into this falls Agatha, a teenage girl with almost magical powers of invention and the last scion of a great family. The scale of this world is almost indescribable; one really gets the sense that there’s a massive world beyond the page. This is certainly one of the best developed worlds in fiction.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsCastle Waiting, Linda Medley

    At the end of Sleeping Beauty, what happens to the castle? This graphic novel attempts to answer that question; the thorn forest persists, and the castle itself becomes a sanctuary to all sorts of odd people. The world is heavily based on fairytales, but it’s not limited by that. There are hints of darkness beneath the stories of lost princesses and noble woodcutters. Outside the warm and comforting walls of the castle is a real world, one scarred by war and disease. But this graphic novel never loses its gentle tone of optimism and kindness.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsCity in the Desert, Moro Rogers

    Many fantasy settings start off with a premise that monsters are real; often those monsters are hidden from everyday life. In City in the Desert, however, monsters are out in the open and hunting them is the only real occupation that pays a decent wage any more. The desert setting seems to be unique, as well, which is always a good thing! Again, the world is fully developed. A nice touch is having the main characters, Irro and Hari, often in conflict with their society; they’re not big heroes, they’re two people who are trying to make their way in an often hostile world.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsTales from Outer Suburbia, Shaun Tan

    You could make an argument that this is “urban fantasy”; in fact, it’s there in the title. However, this is a series of oddly realistic tales about the strange things that happen in the ‘burbs. The stories are narrated in a rather matter of fact way, but the subject matter lifts it beyond your average fantasy story; the helpful water buffalo in the long grass in a deserted lot, or a strange man in an old fashioned diving suit. The art is gorgeous. Shaun Tan is Australian, and the art is evocative of that baked-dryness of Australian summers, although perhaps this little book could be set anywhere. It’s not only a unique book in our collection, it’s one of my favourite graphic novels of all time.


  • Lists, Rachel and Rebecca

    Ornithological subjects

    24.09.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Ornithological subjects

    Just for a hoot, we’ve got a bunch of books featuring birds! Sort of. Somehow, they are consistently all very, very good, too. In fact, they almost come out as a ‘best of’ librarian’s choice, since almost all of us here at the teen blog have enjoyed almost all of them. Tweet tweet!

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsWhere Things Come Back, John Corey Whaley

    In a small and dull town in Arkansas, Cullen Witter thinks he knows everything there is to know about the town. But he’s wrong. The summer before Cullen’s senior year, a depressed birdwatcher claims he has spotted a rare Lazarus woodpecker, native to the area but supposedly extinct since the 1940s. The stir this claim raises in the town triggers a series of events, beginning with the disappearance of Cullen’s sensitive younger brother Gabriel. Simultaneously, the story of a young missionary in Africa is revealed, interwoven with Cullen’s story and seemingly unrelated at first, but the moment of connection between the stories is breathtaking. What follows is a tale of melancholy, regret, comedy and absurdity, and it is unforgettable.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsBlood Red Road, Moira Young

    Saba lives in Silverlake in a dystopian future, where she and her family must scavenge to survive. Saba’s twin brother Lugh is kidnapped by four men on horseback, so Saba joins Jack and the Free Hawks, a revolutionary girl gang, in an attempt to get him back. Saba soon discovers her true strength as a fighter, opponent and survivor. In a unique showdown, Saba discovers she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside, once and for all.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Goose Girl, Shannon Hale

    Based on the Grimm brothers fairy tale of the same name, The Goose Girl is the story of Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, also known as Ani. Raised by her aunt, she spent all her early life learning to communicate with animals. However, this left her ill-prepared for speaking to humans, which she never quite mastered. In a mutiny by her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting, Ani has no way to reach out for help. She steals away in disguise, and becomes the goose girl for the king, tending to the animals of the capital. Ani eventually learns to use her special gift to reveal her true destiny.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater

    Every year, Blue watches the parade of the dead with her clairvoyant mother, watching for those who will die in the following year. Usually Blue is invisible to these spirits, but a boy emerges and speaks directly to her. She is startled but intrigued, and soon discovers his name is Gansey, a rich boy attending Aglionby academy. Aglionby students are known as the Raven boys, and they mean trouble, and Blue does her best to stay away from trouble. But Blue is inexplicably drawn to Gansey, and is lured into a mystery of of ley lines, ancient kings and momentous promises.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsMockingjay (The Hunger Games #3), Suzanne Collins

    We expect you know these by now. But if not, here’s the lowdown. Katniss Everdeen lives in District 12 in Panem. Every year there is a ‘reaping’ where a boy and a girl aged 12-18 are selected from each of the twelve districts to compete in the Hunger Games. At the games, the children must fight to the death until there is a sole victor. In the first book, Katniss’s sister is chosen to compete, but Katniss offers herself up for the games instead. Throughout the series, the mockingjay bird is a symbol of hope. In Mockingjay, the final book in the trilogy, a revolution is in full swing and Katniss must both fight for freedom for Panem, and fight for her own life.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsTo Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

    A classic novel which has a powerful message still relevant today. In Maycomb, Alabama, 6-year-old Scout Finch, her brother Jem and a neighborhood boy are fascinated by and terrified of their reclusive neighbour, Boo Radley. Scout’s lawyer father Atticus has been appointed the defense of a black man in a court case, to much disapproval in the racially charged town. Scout and Jem are tormented for their father’s actions, but Atticus taught his children to always stand up for what’s right. Despite the town’s convictions, Scout stands by her father but experiences some horrific happenings in 1930s America.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsFlipped, Wendelin van Draanen

    The first time Juli saw Bryce, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. This was pretty much the pattern of their tenuous relationship until eighth grade. When Juli starts to see that maybe Bryce is not so brilliant after all, Bryce is finally opening his eyes to Juli’s greatness. Told in a he-said she-said alternating viewpoint style, Flipped is a comic story of young romance. You can also rent the movie for $4!

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsCat Among the Pigeons, Julia Golding (Cat Royal #2)

    In the follow up to The Diamond of Drury Lane, Cat Royal, a teen girl who has grown up backstage of the Drury Lane theater is entrenched in yet another mystery of intrigue in the underbelly of London. Disguised as a boy, she infiltrates an aristocratic boys’ boarding school and joins a street gang, all on a mission for justice for her friend Pedro. Pedro’s old slave-master wants him back, but Cat is not going to let that happen. Cat Among the Pigeons is a gripping and extravagant tale of suspense set in 18th century England.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsDr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, Evan Roskos

    *A note from R ‘n’ R: this title featured in yesterday’s New Books post but it’s brilliant enough to get another mention. From the opening page when James introduced us to YAWPing, we were hooked and we promise you will be to so please forgive the repetition.

    James Whitman hugs trees and tries to save animals. He talks to an imaginary pigeon therapist named Dr. Bird. He often hates himself, but loves to recite Walt Whitman because it can be recited with exclamation points! His parents believe that life is better since they kicked his sister, Jorie, out of the house but James feels her absence deeply. How can James continue to wake up with a celebratory YAWP like his namesake poet-hero? James tries to connect the dots around his sister’s mysterious expulsion, but his mission falters as he discovers that some of her secrets are not that different from his own. Secrets that not even Dr. Bird can help with. It’s going to take some radical intervention for James to help his sister and truly celebrate himself.

    Speaking of birds, did you know Wellington City Libraries has a Twitter? You can find us @wcl_library


  • Rachel and Rebecca, Tremendous Trilogies

    Tremendous Trilogies, Volume Eight.

    17.09.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Tremendous Trilogies, Volume Eight.

    It’s been a while since we did one of these but there have just been so many other exciting topics that needed to be covered! Like Nicola’s brilliant guest posts! (check them out here and here)

    In honour of the movie coming out, volume eight of Tremendous Trilogies is Veronica Roth’s Divergent. The trilogy takes place in a dystopian Chicago where society is divided into five factions. Each faction is 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.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsDivergent

    In the first book we are introduced to heroine Beatrice Prior who’s torn by the faction decision she has to make. Stay with her family or be 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.

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsInsurgent

    Every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris 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 grow. In times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become 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.

    book cover courtesy of Syndeticsand the yet to be published Allegiant (October though, not long to go!)

    Spoiler Alert!! The faction-based society 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.

    You can reserve it by clicking on the title 🙂 Hope you enjoy!


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