3rd Quarter AR

Allegiant, written by Veronica Roth,  is the third book in the Divergent series and is a science fiction. Allegiant was published on October 22, 2013 by HarperCollins and Katherine Tegen Books.  Allegiant keeps you wanting to read more and more of it because you can’t wait to find out what is going to happen next. In the beginning, Tris is in jail for being a traitor, which was discovered in the last book. She lies her way out of jail and is taken in by a group of people called the Allegiant whose goal is to get out of the city and overthrow the government. Tobias and Tris break Tris’s brother, Caleb out of jail and join the Allegient. They then get on trains and truck and go beyond the fence. Eventually, they make it to “the Fringe”.  Once they reach civilization, the group has to be tested to see if their genes have healed and if they haven’t, like Tobias, they are rendered into the “genetically damaged” camp. Tobias meets a girl named Nita who claims she wants to help put an end to the camp for genetically damaged people but ends up being a traitor and wants to kill everyone by using a death serum. In the end Tris gets shot trying to save people and dies as she is unleashing the memory serum. As a whole, Allegiant was definitely an amazing read. It was terrible when the main character died, but at least the readers can know she died doing something for the good of others. I would definitely recommend this book.

Me Before You Review

Along with many other readers, I read the rising novel, Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes. It is a realistic fiction novel that was published by Penguin Books on January 5, 2012 in the United Kingdom. This story is definitely one to make you feel as if you’re living in it; it creates an emotional and romantic mood throughout it’s whole. I would definitely recommend this book to those who have a place in their heart for sappy love stories, and as with almost all cases, the book is significantly better than the movie.

I think that the most impacting element that this story has on the reader is it’s setting. In this novel, there is a 26 year old woman who has grown up in a working-class family. She has few qualifications and lands a job caring for a quadriplegic man. Will Traynor had the perfect life, and after a traffic accident, he is stuck in a wheelchair with limited use of his upper body and no use of his legs and back. Time after time, Louisa attempts to foil his plan to live life miserably and she tries to help him see that he still has places to go, views to see, and people to meet. Will remains bitter to Louisa, and she becomes cold-hearted towards him as well. Through all of her attempts of adventure for him, Louisa Clark and Will fall in love. Will’s mother learns of his plan to go to Dignitas (assisted suicide organization in Switzerland), and she respects his wish as long as he promises to live 6 more months. Louisa takes him on an exotic vacation and they connect like never before. Will then decides that it is better to tell her of his plans now than to wait any longer. Louisa feels that she has failed her mission to make him choose life. The mood throughout the novel makes the reader feel involved; Will’s choices that affect Louisa also affect the reader. Moyes uses her power to connect the reader and crush them with a sad ending.

Even though the ending of this story was by far the worst I had ever read, the entire novel as a whole makes up for it with the love that Louisa has for Will. The sacrifices made and the differentiating emotions pulls the reader in, and that makes this an amazing novel. Because what’s a better than feeling like you’re one of the characters yourself?

 

Expectations for Sophomore Year

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It’s the second week of the school year. We’ve been asked in many of our classes to state goals that we want to meet by the end of the year. I’ve determined that one of my goals is to end the year ranked 7th in my class, or higher, to beat my rank of 8th last year. I’ve also made it a goal to not let any class grades slip to below a 93 at any point in time. Aside from that, I just want to be successful and have a smooth ride through sophomore year without any major bumps in the road. I want to make as much of this year as I can because in what seems to be no time at all, I’ll be a senior…and with that, you now know my expectations.