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ERAGON by Christopher Paolini

Posted: February 17, 2014 by BA Dillon in GUEST REVIEWERS - FICTION, Young Adult

ERAGON by Christopher PaoliniReview by Ameena Z.

Eragon, a young farm boy, finds a beautiful blue stone in the nearby mountains he so frequents and hunts in. Before he can find a suitable trade for the rock, the stone hatches a majestic sapphire-blue dragon, Saphira. From that moment on Eragon becomes a Dragon Rider and is ushered into taking on a role; a role that will lead him to either partner with King Galbatorix, the tyrant who rules all of Alagaseia or the Varden, comprised of human, dwarves and elves. Eragon and Saphira are the last hope for the Varden but can Eragon overcome the power that Galbatorix yields? Paolini paints a vivid tale of friendship, adventure, love, and magic.

This is the first installment in the Inheritance Cycle Series by Christopher Paolini. What makes this tale even more magical is the fact that Paolini wrote it at a ripe age of 15. He took pen to paper and let his imagination soar. After three years of polishing and editing it was published, thanks to his parents. His parents realized the potential when they came across his final manuscript and had their own small publishing company put it out. Through Paolini touring and readings, Alfred A. Knopf picked up his book and republished it in 2003. Since then he has completed the Inheritance series and it is truly a compelling work.  He is now 30 years old and working on other novels.

The Divergent Series by Veronica RothReviewed by Lori D.

I’ll admit that I hadn’t even known about Veronica Roth’s Divergent series until seeing a movie trailer for the upcoming film based on the first of the books, Divergent. Being young adult fiction, all three books make for an easy read, and are fast-paced, dystopian thrillers that will keep you turning pages. Just be prepared for a few awkward love stories, inconsistent personalities, and stereotypes that make you cringe.

In Chicago in the future, people are divided into five factions, each committed to a particular virtue – Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent) and Dauntless (the brave). At the age of sixteen, the society’s children take a drug-induced, halucinative aptitude test that aids them in choosing the faction they’ll spend the rest of their lives in. Beatrice (Tris) Prior, finds out she is a rarity – a “divergent” – someone who is a mixture of traits and not welcome in the society. She leaves her life and family in Abnegation and joins the Dauntless, where she transforms from a selfless, monochromatic “stiff,” to a bad-ass, tattooed, butt-kicking Dauntless who goes on to discover the secret behind their civilization, overthrows the government, and saves the world.

Filled with plot twists, evil people (whose personalities can always be altered with all the drugs these people use – or can just be shot…), and an underlining warning not to trust those we put in charge, it makes for a fun read. Don’t expect a fairy tale ending, though. I was a bit distressed with Roth’s final twist, but you’ll have to read all three books to find out why.