Reviews by DBJC
I love these little books!
I'm not a child, but I love these little books about different nations and cultures. I mean I REALLY like them. I figured that it would take too much time to read a full book on one country, so I picked up these little books to direct me on my way. They are VERY HELPFUL in directing research. If you don't anything about a country, I would recommend reading books like these because they help get you started. India is the one that I happen to pick up first because I have always wanted to know more about India. Of course it doesn't tell you everything, but the little facts and overviews are very informational. They also give a good overview of major historical events that happened as well. Since these books are also labeled as "youth," they're good for children as well. Probably those in 5th grade and up because of the vocabulary.
Demystified? No.
I'm not very good with math, so I picked this up as a companion to my calculus class. Boy, was that a mistake. They don't explain much in this book, especially when it comes to the Chain Rule. Please, for the safety of your grades find something else to help you with your homework. I wish I could recommend something else, but I haven't gotten to reading all the other calculus books. But, just don't get this one.
This movie was embarrassingly predictable. So much that it hurt. It was actually going fine until a "plot twist" that drove the movie down. Way down. The only good thing about this movie was the music. The ending was also terribly unsatisfying and kind of made me angry that I took the time to go see it. I desperately wish that this movie was better, way better. It really could have been promising if they didn't choose a route that included several items from the book of science fiction cliches. The plot could have been better, the action could have been better, the characters could have been more fleshed out. Some people that I've talked to said that they liked it but it wasn't for me. At least check out the soundtrack by M83.
There aren't many sci fi books that feature people of color, so I'm glad that I found this book and picked it up. I also haven't read any science fiction books that jumped into slave territory. As in, the main character from a current time goes back in slavery. Now, I know that would suck. And as this book portrayed, slaverydoes actually suck. I was engaged throughout the entire book, and it was thrilling and suspenseful enough to the point where I finished it in a weekend even with my busy schedule. It definitely has interesting premise with a plot that is unusual and maybe a bit uncomfortable and inconvenient for certain readers. But Octavia Butler is an author that chooses to boldly step forward into a time period that is often talked about but yet forgotten. The book is a reminder that the past should not be forgotten no matter how long ago it was because it still affects the present. I do have to admit that the ending is a bit strange, though inventive. Though it is strange, it's not surprising since it's science fiction and in the science fiction world, anything can happen. I wouldn't openly recommend this book to anyone because of the subject matter, but if you want a taste in a different kind of science fiction, experience a life that you would never experience, or just read for the thrill of it, I would lay this book down on the table in front of you. It's not a hard read, and it's not a slow read either, so why not pick up a small book and read it if not for any other reason?
I've heard A LOT of stuff about this book before I read it. So, I jumped in thinking that it was going to be a good book. Now, I've read a lot of dystopian novels before, and this one was definitely a dystopian novel. Choosing ceremony, scary alternate reality, etc. I was actually very interested in the world that Roth created. The factions had specific characteristics that caused them to act the way that they do. The factions reminded me of humans and their opinions and what could or couldn't happen if they all came together. There would be war...and there is. That's the MAIN reason why I chose to continue reading it.

I actually didn't really care about Tris at all because I found the writing bland. The story is what gripped me, not the writing. At all. In fact I found myself annoyed at the prose so much because the prose sounded choppy at times. Sometimes enough to make the story uninteresting. So if you're passionate about decorative, elaborate writing, don't read this book. You'll be surely disappointed. If you're tired of dystopian novels with choosing ceremonies and stories about trying to fit in, then don't read this book. If you DO like The Hunger Games, then read it. You won't be disappointed.

I think this is the only book that I've read where I cared more about the world. I hope as I read the other two books I'll get a better feel of the factions. It's a pretty good premise, but with bland writing. But I would recommend this a good read for dystopian lovers.