Today’s post is basically just me remembering all of the popular old-school series that I just did not get on with. I always thought I was quite stubborn with finishing books/series but apparently not.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
I absolutely (at the time) loved the first two books in this series, Allegiant not so much.
I have attempted to read Allegiant multiple times but could never get past the first few chapters. Honestly, I have no idea why other than the fact that I could not concentrate on it. Also, a major plot point was spoiled for me so I think that put me off. Usually, I don’t really care for spoilers but this was a HUGE spoiler and it ruined the rest of the series for me.
Synopsis: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I do remember somewhat enjoying the first book in this series but only managed to just about finish the second. Nothing against James Dashner but his writing style just was not for me.
I often found myself getting bored with the storyline and thought it was quite confusing at times. I was 15 when I read these, so not actually too young to understand what was going on, but I found that I had no interest in finding out how the series would conclude. Which resulted in me never picking the rest of the books even though I already owned them.
The biggest issue for me was that they were marketed as the ‘must-have’ books for fans of The Hunger Games (my favourite book series at the time). They definitely did not live up to this expectation and maybe I would have enjoyed them more if I weren’t constantly comparing them.
Synopsis: If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
This is probably a major shock for a lot of people. However, I just about made it through the first book, which was probably due to how young I was when I read it. I don’t think I was ready for a book of this type at the time and then I just didn’t bother with the rest of them.
Is it ok to say I like the films but don’t really care about the books? I’ve never said that about any other books because I’m definitely a ‘the book was better’ type of person. However, I’m not sure if that’s the case for me.
I’m now thinking it’s too late to finish, well basically start this series and honestly, I’m not really too bothered about reading them.
Synopsis: About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
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