Warning: this review contains major spoilers for “We are the Ants”. And mentions themes that may upset some readers.
“There are things in the universe that are simply and purely evil. A warrior does not seek to understand them, or to compromise with them. He seeks only to obliterate them.”
In this age of political tensions after a controversial election, it’s not hard to say America feels more divided than ever. Sometimes its endless banter, but other times it feels like the United States is on the verge of another civil war. However, everyone knows it won’t be like the last American Civil War, with technology more prevalent among citizens and climate change on the rise. For decades, writers have tackled the idea of a Second American Civil War on paper, with many making their fictional version unique in many ways.
Riding off the success of the “Divergent” trilogy (and sadly not so much from the film adaptations), Veronica Roth returns to young adult literature with a duology that begins with “Carve the Mark”. Before I begin, I should mention that I have read the “Divergent” trilogy (save for “Allegiant” because by “Insurgent” I felt meh), even most of the film series. I find them entertaining for the most part and felt Veronica Roth did a…decent job. The characters were okay, the world was unique and is an average read.
Then “Carve the Mark” came out, and then came this controversy visible on parts of Twitter. Some are calling the book wonderful, others are calling it racist, some are calling it cluttered, and some are trying to either defend Veronica Roth, pan her or both. I’d only just heard about this controversy after beginning to read the book and…yeah there are some things I have to agree with and many things I do not.
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Let’s revisit a world I’ve grown fond of since finishing “Proxy” over a month ago, and that is Alex London’s sequel called “Guardian”. Before I begin, I should warn readers that despite everything I could, there is no way I can explain my thoughts on “Guardian” with bringing up significant plot details that occurred in the last book. It may not seem like a big deal to you guys if you haven’t read it, but believe me: I cannot talk about this novel without bringing up “Proxy” and the ending. With that said, what are my thoughts on the sequel of a young adult book I’ve grown to love?
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A part of me really wants to praise the hell out of this book for so many reasons, many of which are legit and other reviewers agree with. It has an incredible setting you can’t get enough of, a beautifully poignant writing niche, lovable romances and charismatic characters (who are ethnically diverse) as well as a brilliant build-up to a shocking ending. However, there are a couple of things that keep it from being a masterpiece, and one character that really irks me the more I think about him.