Okay, so this poll goes out to those of you who have read Ender’s Game and loved it (and if you read it, you MUST have loved it) Does the trailer look like it’s going to be anywhere near as good as the book?
Even though I was disappointed by S.A. Bodeen’s other book, The Compound , I decided to give The Gardener a try because the issues it was supposed to address (bio-engineering, global warming and the food crisis) are subjects of interest to me.
The thought of humans scientifically designed to be self-sustaining (needing no water or food) was a clever SciFi premise. Wouldn’t it be great if it WERE possible? It would certainly solve our hunger problems. (Yet, I think I would still want chocolate!)
Ms. Bodeen started her story out fine – even though we can see early on where it is going. She seems, however, to have a problem fleshing out her characters. Our relationship with them is so shallow that we remain aware that we are just reading a story – not seeing a slice of someone else’s life, as we feel with a well-written tale.
Some people may think that a book written for teens would necessarily be lighter and skim the surface of issues, but I don’t accept that this is typical of YA books. A good book engages the reader in the life of the characters – no matter the age group it is written for.
I feel the serious topics this book takes on, deserved more depth than this book was able to deliver.
I read both of these titles awhile back and I really liked them a lot. Both titles have strong female leads that make tough decisions, take the hard hits and keep on rolling. Both girls face extreme pressure to conform.
Deuce in Enclave wants to be a Huntress. She wants to go out and defend her community against the monsters in the darkness.
Tris in Divergent wants to be herself. She doesn’t want to fight or cause trouble, but when push comes to shove she’ll throw a few punches of her own and stand her ground.
Both books are so cool. I just adore them. How do I declare one the winner over the other? I’m all like…
But, I must be firm. So although both are very worthy reads, I have a strong negative reaction to the name Deuce and these books are both so good it comes down to something that simple. I’ll continue reading both series, but Divergent will probably always have a little edge because Tris is an excellent name. There’s no shame in Tris and no toilet humor either. I guess Hollywood agrees with me that Divergent rocks because there’s going to be a movie in 2014!
P.S. I found that cute cat on Giphy.com I thought I might try introducing gifs to some of my reviews. What do you think??