Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Book Reviews Life after Life and Allegiant

I am an avid reader always looking for that great book that make me feel that I just leaves me breathless. Sometime when you get a really great book you find it hard to believe that real life exist still after you finish the book and start to sober up from your reading bender. However the last two books I read are not those kind of books. I feel almost betrayed by the reviews I read prior top reading these novels. So I am going against the masses and telling you my personal opinion of them.

Life After Life 

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

I have read hundreds of books and none have left such a feeling of unresolved plot as this one. I know I am going against the masses, but good writing does not always equate a good story. This book had the potential to be a great book but was executed poorly. There was no explanation as to why she keep being reborn, it is like,as many have said, Groundhogs day without the resolution. All in all it ended up being a hard read, much too long, overly redundant with an ending that seemed more like the end of a chapter than the end of a book.  I would give this book 2 stars for good writing but horrible storytelling. Just telling it like it is.


 What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

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.

I am sad about the ending but that is not the only disappointment in this book I absolutely loved the first two books but this one was just a letdown from start to finish. It is slow and painful and I feel depressed for having read it.For one thing is the main character had to die for the purpose of making a better story or solving a conflict or anything that actually made sense then fine, go for it. However by having her die the way she did actually made the book so much worse, it did not make anything about the story better and was just pointless. Thanks so much Ms.Roth for raising our hopes up with two good books and bombing on the last. This book makes me wish I had never started the series to begin with.  

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