All hail vacation and the opportunity to read long-awaited sequels! Yes, every afternoon, after hours spent walking around museums, palaces, and gardens, I would sneak back to our room for a few hours of well-deserved rest with one of several books I’ve been hoarding since they were published at the beginning of May. Don’t judge me – I’m an introvert (and my feet were so tired)! Plus, what’s with people taking vacations and then not carving out any time to do what they love best?! That’s simply not in my nature; I don’t want to look back on my life and resent how I spent my downtime…
But I digress (I blame vacation brain). The way I organize books I want to read is with a detailed spreadsheet. This is where I keep suggestions from friends and other authors, books on my to-read shelf, and sequels I’m looking forward to when they come out. For this last group, I include dates so I know precisely how long I have to wait on tenterhooks for some wonderful story to be continued or completed.
May of 2012 was an especially rich month for such titles. I got to read the newest Sookie Stackhouse book just before I left for Munich; I especially enjoyed that one because I knew I wasn’t planning to write about it here, so I could really let my brain go a few days early. Then, the second day after we arrived in Germany, I cracked open Insurgent to read after a five-hour walk through the Englischer Garten.
I was honestly worried I might be disappointed. When I read the first book in the series, Divergent, it was just before Christmas and I ended up buying five different people copies of it because I loved it so much (as far as I know, none of them have read it, in protest of the series being incomplete) and told them that this was the under-hyped sister series to The Hunger Games. I swore to them up and down that they would like it as much, but apparently my word is worth little among friends and close relations.
Their loss, because I just finished the second one and it was as wonderful as the first. Roth has written a captivating and brutal series for young adults that captures some similar themes from The Hunger Games without feeling derivative. I find myself hoping that if I have to fight to the death in a dystopian future, Katniss and Tris will be there beside me (actually, better put those ladies out in front because my roundhouse kick and experience with firearms is not what it should be). I really love me some tough female protagonists, and these two are some of my favorites in recent history.
The only trouble with Insurgent is that it’s only the second book in the series, which means I have at least a year before I know what happens next. And don’t get me wrong, I hate that. Part of me understands why my friends don’t want to commit to an unfinished story (that would be the part that hasn’t read A Dance with Dragons yet because seriously, Martin?! I started reading those books a decade ago and they are long. Like, long long. I don’t have time to reread all the other books and I obviously have to in order to remember what has happened thus far, and just, arg! So frustrating!). I don’t generally have such a problem with that when authors publish the next book in the series every year it so.
Of course I’m a little sad to have to wait, but I have so many other books begging me to pick them up that I don’t have much time to get weepy over twelve short months. Now, the end of a brilliant series…I do get a little teary over that. Fortunately, Roth has one more book on the way, so all I feel at the moment is satisfied, and maybe a little hopeful that a few more people might take a chance on a fast-paced, unfinished YA series.
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