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I read widely and in most genres but romance and westerns. Here you'll find my reviews since 2007, with a few reviews of previously read books as well.


In 2012, I completed an "authors of the world" challenge, reading a book for every country (and a few other entities) by someone who'd lived there for at least two years. I expect to tag these books by challenge and country in the near future. I'm still refining my list by adding books that better meet my challenge criteria.

Insurgent  - Veronica Roth, Emma Galvin While this advances the story to an interesting point, I found it hard to get through. The timing seemed off (push, push, push, then sudden sagging, listless moments of teen bickering or love) and the characters very similar to each other in tone (though the Dauntless are hotheaded, Abnegation self-sacrificing, etc.). The trickiness of the story (for example, who's a spy, who's a counter-spy, etc.) was wearing after awhile and became hard to follow. Through it all, Mary Sue Tris is heroic, self-evaluative, insightful, smart, and impossible to wound in any meaningful way.At its best, it moves from themes of identity and group pride (in Divergent) to ability and empathy here. That's a good direction for a YA novel, especially one about factions, belonging, and complexity.