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Prepare for Allegiant by Reviewing #Insurgent

InsurgentOctober 22nd will be here in about two weeks and the last of book of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy will be released.

I hate forgetting what happened earlier in a series by the time the last book comes out. So instead of cramming 550 pages of Insurgent before Allegiant releases on October 22nd, read this summary to remind yourself of the plot (or read my previous summary of Divergent):

Warning: This is meant to be helpful to those who have already read Insurgent. The following is a summary. Not a review.

*Major Spoilers ahead*

**Turn around now or forever hold your peace**

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A Little Inspiration from Wool by @HughHowey

Wool Omnibus is the first in the Silo Series and is an indie phenomenon. Read the second, ShiftThe third, Dust, is available for pre-order.

WoolThis is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside. 

Wool is an adult science fiction/dystopian novel. If you only read YA in this genre, you’re really missing out. From the very first line, I couldn’t put the thing down. There’s a reason why this book is a phenomenon.

I’m not going to fill you in on everything I loved about it, from the characters to the silos the characters live in underground to all the engineering details. Instead, I’m going to focus on the one thing Wool did “wrong” and why it should encourage you as a self-publisher. Don’t worry, it’s inspirational.

One of the biggest rules in writing is to stick with your point-of-view (POV) main character. Readers first bond with whoever they’re first introduced to and do not do well when the person whose head they’ve been in suddenly leave. You risk losing the reader.

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Review: A Million Suns by @BethRevis

A Million Suns is the second in a trilogy. Check out my review of the first, Across the Universe, and be sure to read the third, Shades of Earth.A_Million_Suns

It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed.

But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to act on his vision—no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.

I love what Maggie Boyd wrote in her review of A Million Suns. “Growing pains can be a horrible thing, especially when those growing pains are experienced by hundreds of people.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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Book Review: Across the Universe by @BethRevis

Across the Universe is the first in a trilogy. Check out the second, A Million Suns.

Across the UniverseAmy received the offer of a lifetime, several lifetimes, actually. To join her parents as frozen cargo aboard the spaceship Godspeed in its 300-year journey to Centuari-Earth, the only other life-supporting planet found. But Amy is woken up from her slumber 50 years before the ship is supposed to land into a murder mystery. Somebody is trying to kill the frozens. She meets Elder, the ship’s next leader, and together they must stop the murders. But not before they stumble onto the ship’s terrible secrets.

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