After reading Divergent not too long ago, I was very excited to start the second book. Divergent ended with battles and the characters heading for temporary safety and this is where Insurgent picks up. This book is all about Tris trying to discover why the Erudite attacked the other factions. Tris is dealing with the grief of losing both her parents in the attacks, and the guilt of having killed one of her best friends when she was faced with no alternative. Her choices throughout this book start to distance her from Four and we see some conflict arising in their relationship. This book was full of action and adventure. I enjoyed the complexity of the characters and the underlying theme that there is no one who is all good or all bad. Each character has to face that and to decide who to trust in this time of strife. I cannot wait until the next book is released in Fall 2013. This is the downside of reading newer series...there is a lot of time spent waiting for the new book.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Inspiration from Twitter
I recently decided to start exploring more with my Twitter account. When I came home from the Key West Literary Seminar (a fabulous literary event) in January, I was very interested in the fact that some of these authors of speculative fiction were referring to their social media accounts during their talks. I don't know why I had never thought about following authors before but this was my "a-ha" moment and I started looking for authors to follow. Pretty soon I ended up with an account full of authors, both of the fiction books my students and I enjoy, and of professional resources for teachers. I have now stumbled across blogs of teachers and librarians who are so like me it is scary. I love reading about other teachers who read as voraciously as I do and enjoy discussing good books with their students and with other teachers. I have recently been adding books to my "to read" list at an alarming pace. (Especially since I already have an entire bookshelf with to read books at home). Two of the three books discussed here are books that I have been inspired to read because of Twitter. I loved the other books I read by these same authors and now am enthralled with the every day posting of each of them. My summer book a day list will also be full of Sarah Dessen books. I love the way she narrates her days through tweets.