22 May, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (78) + Students for the Congo

Teaser Tuesday is a bookish, weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Gosh, it's been a while since I posted for this, since last April's month-long challenge took up all my Tuesday posts. Anyway, it's nice to be back into TT swing.

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from Divergent by Veronica Roth. I'd been looking forward to this book--so many people said they liked it, the premise was interesting, and I thought the cover was cool . . . but I'm on page 378 out of 487 and,  frankly, wondering how fast I can get to the end so it will be over with.

I really do not like the world or the main character's attitude toward that world. To me, Tris (the MC) seems like she's willing to overlook corruption in the people around her but is happy to dig it up out of individuals against whom she holds certain grudges, without looking at all of the facts. And it drives me up the wall, not only because that's a bad idea, but because by doing so she seems to be playing right into the "antagonists'" hands. I cannot say she is for sure, of course, since I haven't completed the book, but that's what it seems like right now. (You may see a post about this book in the future, if it's true.)

Peter stops reading, and a few people turn around. Some, like Christina, look at me in a pitying way, their eyebrows drawn in, their mouths turned down at the corners. But most give me little smirks and eye one another suggestively. Peter turns last, with a wide smile.
-p. 243


Now, on a more serious note, I wanted to mention Students for the Congo. It's run by Jen from Inside my head and other students, and their aim is to increase awareness about the Congo. They're also trying to raise money and have reached over $800 (so far) to send over. The more the word is spread the more it helps, hence this shout-out. Be sure to go check out the blog!


Have you read Divergent? If so, what did you think of it, and did you like the main character? 

What are you reading now? Got a teaser from it?

-----The Golden Eagle


Li said...

I haven't read Divergent (or heard of it) but I will check out the Congo blog!

S. L. Hennessy said...

I finished it last week. I have to admit, I was not nearly as impressed as people had told me I'd be. Tris was definitely not my favorite character. I did like Four somewhat better at least, but overall, it was just marginal for me.

Anonymous said...

Wrapping up my re-reading of Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix ... "Professor Umbridge gave her most pronounced cough yet." And, " Are you quite sure you wouldn't want a cough drop, Delores?"

Summer Ross said...

Great teaser- Thanks for posting.

Cecelia said...

I haven't read Divergent yet, but I am curious about who Peter is, and why his reaction is so different than the others'. Nice teaser!

If you'd like, you can check out mine here.

Old Kitty said...

I have seen this book about blogworld so thanks for a refreshingly honest review! Yay!!

Thanks for the link to Students for Congo too btw - a very important cause!

Take care

running4him said...

Students for the Congo sounds great, I am heading over to check it out right now. I wanted to go, but havent been able to get a visa yet...

M Pax said...

I haven't been reading as much as I'd like lately. Hope to get to Divergent at some point.

Sofia said...

I actually quite liked Divergent, and read it in a day. Though I didn't really like Tris... xD


Elaine AM Smith said...

I must remember to do Teaser Tuesday. It's a great idea, I learned about so many books I've come to enjoy from this source.
I was fascinated to read your thoughts on this book especially as I enjoyed reading Divergent.
Truth-be-told, I did find the last section a little wobbly but the world building fascinated me.

J. A. Bennett said...

I loved Divergent! I thought her changing attitudes reflected the confusion she felt about being in a new world and changing who she was raised to be. If you have a hundred pages left to go then I don't think you really know who the antagonist is. I'm reading it again right now, but to each their own!

Connie Keller said...

I really enjoyed Divergent. (But I have to admit that I fell in love with Four--he reminds me of my husband.) :)

TerryLynnJohnson said...

I have read Divergent and I'm one of those people who quite enjoyed it. I'm currently reading a fantastic book - EON. Breathtaking! Definitely you should check it out!

off to check out the Congo blog.

Ciara said...

I've been curious about this book. I see it everywhere. I'm not sure if I'm going to read it.

Romance Book Haven said...

Great teaser. Interesting and intriguing. Thanks for posting.


Ashley said...

Great teaser! I LOVE Divergent! It's one of my favourite books from 2012. As soon as I finished it I wanted to read it all over again!

Matt said...

Haven't heard of that book but I'll have to check it out. Going to go check out that blog as well!

Jemi Fraser said...

One of my students is reading my copy of Divergent right now. I'll probably give it a shot in the summer :)

Christine Rains said...

Fun that we had the same book up today! I agree with you about Tris. I didn't like her much. Yet usually with YA, I don't tend to like the protagonist. I did find the world interesting, though. There was enough mystery to fascinate me. And I did very much like Tris' mother.

Trisha said...

I'd be curious to know what you think of this book once you're done with it, and if it's what you thought it was. Sounds quite likely as you're so far into it!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I read Divergent and remember liking it, but I read so many (too many?) books and sometimes they melt into each other. Your comments intrigue me, so I may go back and skim through it.
Right now, I'm reading BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore.
Here are a few lines:
"In bed, exhausted, yawning, she couldn't understand, at first, why she wasn't falling asleep. Then she felt it, the streets thick with people, the shadows of buildings and bridges, the sound of the stories and the taste of cider; the fright that had pervaded all she'd done. Her body was thrumming with the life of the midnight city."

alexia said...

I'm reading Divergent now, too! I'm just a little past the part you teased.

I was bummed immediately because the voice sounds like so many other dystopic YA books... I think maybe it reminded me most of Matched. I'm enjoying it, but what you mentioned is getting frustrating, I agree.

Book Monster said...

This book is on my tbr pile. However I have read a little bit and it is insanely awesome ^_^
Great teaser,thanks for sharing.

Maura @ Monster of Books

Anonymous said...

I've heard of it, but it is not one that even remotely interested me. I'm reading Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore right now, and have the new Paulo Baglucci (?) book to come after it.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

fun teaser!! i need to read this!

Carol Riggs said...

I read DIVERGENT, and though I liked it in general, I had similar thoughts to yours. And it WAS a long book, and violent too. (Erg, the fork scene?) But of course I had to read it since it was popular--like I had to read TWILIGHT (finally) and THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH even though I'm not into vampires or zombies!

Krispy said...

I'm very interested in hearing your thoughts about Divergent. Like you, I'm not into the world-building (my friend really hated aspects of it and a plot/world-related thing ruined the book for her), but I ended up quite liking the book.

It's weird but even though I don't actually LIKE Tris that much (she IS frustrating and I don't think I'd be friends with her), I really enjoy her character development. She's plot-blind at times, and I do agree with some of your criticisms of her, but I liked how flawed and contradictory she is. She's one of the few YA heroines that felt very much like a REAL person to me because of her inherent contradictions and her struggle to figure out who she is and what she believes in. I also though Roth did a good job exploring the themes of her novel without being heavy-handed or preachy about it.

Anyway, I'm about to start reading the sequel Insurgent, which I'm both excited and wary about. Haha.

The Golden Eagle said...

Li: Great! :)

S. L.: I thought Four was an interesting character, too. Not my favorite, but not bad.

Stephen: I love your teaser! I remember those lines.

Summer: You're welcome!

Cecelia: Hint: He's one of the MC's enemies. :P That's more of a sadistic smile on his face . . .

Old Kitty: You're very welcome. :)

Running4him: Aw, that's too bad.

M: Me, neither. I've recently ramped up my reading time, in hopes of finishing more books--at least in May!

Sofia: She doesn't really agree with me. Sometimes I felt like just telling her to start thinking for herself. :P

Elaine: Same here with Teaser Tuesday. My TBR pile always grows a bit whenever I participate. :)

J. A.: Indeed! And I'm glad you're enjoying the book--it's always nice to hear someone likes what they're reading. :)

Connie: It must have been an interesting read for you, then! Funny when characters resemble people in real life.

Terry: I LOVED Eon, and the sequel Eona as well.

Ciara: I wouldn't especially recommend it--but obviously a lot of people here disagree with that opinion. :)

Nas: Glad you liked the teaser!

Ashley: Thanks!

I can't really say that I felt the same after finishing the book. LOL. But I'm glad you enjoyed it, at any rate. :)

Matt: Awesome! I'm sure the blog authors will appreciate it.

Jemi: Hope you like it more than I did. :P

Christine: Tris's mother was awesome. She has some great scenes!

Trisha: You know, I think I might just write a review . . . or at least a ramble on it.

Tricia: I love your teaser. Bitterblue is definitely one of my favorite books I've read this year!

Alexia: A lot of YA voices seem to blend together, especially those of female protagonists. Occasionally snarky, and almost detached at times (at least, they seem that way to me).

Maura: You're welcome!

Stuart: I read Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (what a name!) and loved it. I really want to get to his other books . . .

Carrie: I'm glad you enjoyed the teaser!

Carol: What I found the most disturbing violence-wise was when she just beat that girl when she was down. And enjoyed it, for goodness' sake.

Sorry you had to read Twilight. :P LOL.

Krispy: Perhaps it wasn't the world-building so much as the world itself; I didn't like the overall setup of the entire thing.

I agree about the writing. It never felt like I was being really beaten over the head with anything--though I will say that the fact it was the knowledge-seekers that were presented as the enemy bothered me. Tris is willing to accept Dauntless's brutality, but attacks Erudite (and her brother) for corruption that (to me) doesn't seem to be any worse than the violence she experiences every day in her own faction.

Romance Reader said...

Interesting excerpt and teaser!


Anthony said...

I haven't read the book.

Anonymous said...

I loved Divergent. I didn't like Tris right away, but after reading about her transformation I grew an appreciation of her. I have book 2 and I'm interested in what changes she goes through in that one.

Anonymous said...

This is a pretty awesome book... hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Samantha Sotto said...

Sorry to hear that you aren't enjoying the book as much as you had hoped. Interesting teaser, though :)

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....Petty Witter said...

Intriguing quote, thanks for sharing.

Shallee said...

I'm reading Code Name Verity right now, and it is BRILLIANT. Seriously, one of the best books I've read in ages, and I'm not even done yet!

Thanks for mentioning Students for Congo. The situation over there is so horrific right now, and I think it's amazing that people are doing what they can to help!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I haven't read Divergent. But it honestly doesn't sound like a book I'd enjoy much. Have you read 1Q84 by Murukami? It's a long read, but I enjoyed it. Very thought-provoking.

Flying high in the sky.... said...


The Golden Eagle said...

Riya: Thank you!

Anthony: I wouldn't really recommend doing so, although that's just me.

Medeia: Insurgent was just released, wasn't it? Hope you like it. :)

Tfwalsh: I finished it a couple days ago--it was interesting. The ending slightly helped my overall opinion of the book, but I can't say it's a favorite. :P

Samantha: Glad you liked the teaser. :)

Petty Witter: You're welcome!

Shallee: It sounds awesome. And what an intriguing title.


Michael: Nope, but it's on my TBR . . .

Flying high in the sky: Thanks!

Robert Guthrie said...

So cool to raise awareness about The Congo. We gotta keep making our worlds bigger.

Lynda R Young said...

I have read Divergent. Any book I can finish in only two days is a win for me. It wasn't perfect, but it was enjoyable.

Patricia Stoltey said...

That's a good teaser. I haven't read Divergent but will read more about it to see if I think I'd like it.

DWei said...

Nope. Still not reading anything new over here. I wish I could find a good book to rad though. :(

Deniz Bevan said...

I'm reading Kristen Callihan's Firelight - the whole book is a teaser! There's some wonderfully tense build ups between the hero and heroine, before they finally get together...

Donna Hole said...

I haven't read Divergent yet. Its YA isn't it? Most of those are far down on my TBR lists.


The Golden Eagle said...

Robert: Definitely!

Lynda: That's a lot of reading in two days. :)

Patricia: Glad you liked the teaser!

DWei: What about browsing your local library? I usually find good books there just by browsing--though it's not a foolproof method, certainly.

Deniz: It sounds like an interesting book! :)

Donna: Yup, YA/Dystopian. I don't blame you for putting YA farther down on your list--it can be negatively repetitive sometimes. :P