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Pandemic-fatigue | Weekly Snapshot

It got busy this week! Lots going on at home, work, and otherwise as well.  Life My daughter's school decided to close on Friday, along with several other schools in the area, with some being closed from Thursday. Not enough staff. The school had been on a mask mandate since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping it only for one week when the pandemic had appeared to have stabilized last year. And yet, they dropped the mandate completely at the beginning of this year, when cases were exponentially rising, only to bring it back again starting next week. I've gone from being very annoyed to angry to feeling fatigue in these first two weeks already. I won't lie - we all mask around here and try to avoid going where we don't have a need to be in, and still, we are not taking anything close to the extreme precaution we all took at the beginning of the pandemic. I cannot and don't want to keep my kids home - I have at least that much faith in the schools' precautions

Light reading: Allegiant by Veronica Roth


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Finally this series is over. And I say that with a relief. I don't know why I read it if I knew I wasn't going to enjoy it, but it's a series and it's hard abandoning something in the middle. I found both the previous books of this series, Divergent and Insurgent, very immature and insubstantial, but with a good world-building and a somewhat intriguing plot. The world that Tris inhabits has been divided into five factions, each favoring a certain trait in people (fearlessness, honesty, peace-loving, selflessness and knowledge). Of course, too much of one trait does have some other consequences. 

In Divergent, one faction leader turns evil and tries to take control of all the factions. In Insurgent, the factionless (i.e., those without factions) take control from the evil faction leader. And finally, in Allegiant, another faction leader tries to get back all that control from whoever last had it. That's the story in a nutshell - Everybody fighting for control. Against that backdrop, they all find out that there is an outside world and other people like them and for some unknown reason, the people of these five factions and the factionless have been boxed into a community.

Of the three, I liked Allegiant best, but only by a small margin. Allegiant finally made sense of the world that author Veronica Roth created without much initial explanation. I didn't like how the first two books seemed to not give any hint of what is the deal with these people and all of a sudden, there is this whole mystery and scandal behind, revealed in the third book. But at least it all made sense to me, even if it was all too convenient. The writing in this one is just as unwieldy and the dialogues very sappy. It surprised me initially when I found that this book alternated between two characters - Tris and her boyfriend Tobias, even though the previous two books were from Tris' perspective alone. The third book is a little too late in the game to start switching narration styles, so I figured there was something more to that kind of decision. Which, when I found out, I didn't appreciate at all.


Anyways, long griping made short, this is a good series for a quick fun read, so long as you don't read too much between the lines. I feel there are more meaty series' out there that are more entertaining and logical. With better dialogues. If you haven't yet started this series, then you probably are not missing much.

Comments

bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
A lot of people have been loving this book but I have a feeling I'd be like you and find it immature so I'll probably skip it.
Ti Reed said…
I read the first one and thought it was okay. I stopped there and don't regret it. I don't know why these books always have to come out as trilogies.
Lisa Sheppard said…
Makes me wonder what other people are finding so interesting about these. There seem to be a lot of problems with the whole trilogy.
Care said…
yay, now I can just watch the movie. (and that is a big maybe)
Jenny @ Reading the End said…
Eh, I'll see the movie. I enjoyed the first two books, well enough, and I respect Veronica Roth for ending the series in a pretty ballsy manner. But yeah, they're a bit immature and not quite my thing, and I really cannot imagine why all the Erudite people have to be so Evil Evil.
christa @ mental foodie said…
I have read the first book and liked it. I started reading the second but couldn't get into it, because I had forgotten a lot of what happened in the first, so I stopped, thinking I'd read it when the third one comes out so I don't have to wait. I think now I just want to google to read the spoilers instead :)
Athira / Aths said…
The characters seemed pretty flat to me, but part of me thinks that maybe she intended it that way. That when you have been programmed into a certain character, you