I finally finished the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and it was such a fun time. This series contains five books. The last book was published in the summer of 2014. I own the bind ups of the first two books, Lux: Beginnings and the next two books Lux: Consequences and also the last book. I love the covers of the bind ups because they are sparkly and so beautiful. The Lux series is about Katy who moves with her mom from Florida to West Virginia. Soon she discovers that there are strange things happening in the small town she is living in. People are disappearing or get attacked. Katy befriends Dee who lives next door but her brother Daemon does not want Dee to spend time with Katy. Daemon is arrogant and mean but also the hottest guy Katy has ever seen.
SPOILER WARNING – If you have not read the books and do not want to get spoiled you should come back when you have read them
This first book is centred mostly on Katy and Daemon. The two of them meet and don’t like each other at first but it is clear from the beginning, that they are attracted to each other. I loved the fact that Katy is a book blogger and get’s obsessed about fictional characters like I do. I also loved the friendship that bloomed between Katy and Dee. As for Daemon I did not like him at all but that’s just what you are supposed to feel. This book felt very much like twilight, there are so many parallels it was so funny. I read this book really fast, the writing is really simple and the plot is not too complicated. It was a fun read but unfortunately did not go further. It’s just a fluffy story with a paranormal twist.
I really liked the fact that Katy is not immediately heads over heals for Daemon. He has to prove himself for her and this shows that she is an independent woman who does not get pushed around by others. Daemon did so many cute things for her that is inevitable for them to get together. Books without instalove are rare to find, so I liked the evolvement of Katy and Daemons Relationship a lot. Then there are Blake and Will. I knew Blake was not to be trusted. I was not so sure with Will. Katy acted really stupid in this book. She should have trusted Daemon. He could have helped her train. All the lies can never lead to something good. I did not expect the ending of this book and it was really fast paced. But for whatever reason it took me a long time to pick up the next book in this series.
After three months without Katy and Daemon I picked up the third book in this series and it was ok. I liked it but the plot bored me a bit. It was clear that the break in that they were attempting could only go wrong. There was also little character development and the story progressed slowly. And why did they trust Blake? Of course he will screw them over. I really liked Daemon and Katy in this book, they are a cute couple and their dialog is so much fun to read. I must say that I did not connected with any other characters in this book and I was not as invested in the story as with the other books. But after the ending of Opal I wanted to know what happens and I immediately picked up Origin.
I loved this book. So much happens and it is by far my favourite book in this series. It was fast paced and even when I don’t like it when a book series begins to have dual points of view it was necessary here and to here Daemons thoughts was interesting at the least. We finally get answers and insight in the whole Luxen and government problematic. I loved that Daemon did everything to save Katy and that when they are together they can conquer all. The back story to the Luxen was so interesting and I was really invested in the story. This book may be the most violent of all the five books and some scenes were hard to read. But we know that Jennifer L. Armentrout would never truly hurt our power couple. They just have to get their happily ever after, after all they have been trough.
After the ending of Origin I was so hyped to read the last instalment in the series. And then all my hopes get crushed. I hated the beginning of Opposition. It was just not my thing the whole Luxen invasion and Daemon turning her back on Katy to protect her. It was just annoying. And the story did not get better for me. I loved the little moments between Daemon and Katy and I loved Archers and Dee’s relationship. But like in Opal I did not care for the other characters. The big battle was not so big and way to quickly resolved. The end of this book felt rushed and wrapped up to easily. There was not really something shocking besides the thing with Katy’s mom which was truly mortifying but could have been foreseen. I liked the epilogue a lot so that was something. It was not a bad book, I just did not like the way everything was resolved and the writing also got on my nerves. But I would recommend the Lux series to fans of twilight or other paranormal romance novels.
Love triangles are often seen in YA books. They are mostly annoying but sometimes there are some love triangles that are better crafted. Here some of my favourite love triangles in young adult books.
#5 Bella, Edward and Jacob from Twilight
Bella, Edward and Jacob are the original love triangle, at least for me. In the twilight books the plot is all about the three of them. Even if Jacob does not really stand a chance against Edward the whole team thing when watching the movies was kind of fun. I was always on team Jacob just for the fact that Edward is dead and a creepy stalker. He is also way too controlling.
#4 Blue, Adam and Gansey from The Raven Cycle
This is not a traditional love triangle but I still count it as one. In the first book Blue begins a relationship with Adam even if she knows he is probably not her true love. Because this is probably Gansey and it is clear the two of them have a special bond. Unfortunately Blue will kill her true love if she kisses him. So this is problematic. Adam is also Gansey’s best friend which makes it worse. I have only read the first book in the Raven Cycle so who knows what will happen between the two of them.
#3 Clary, Jace and Simon (and also Isabelle and Alec) from The Mortal Instruments
This love triangle is a little bit more complicated. I try to break it down for you. Clary is into Jace and ace is into Clary kind off. But they think they are siblings. Simon is also into Clary and he is also her best friend (friendzone much!). Isabelle is into Simon but does not want to tell him and Alec, Isabelle’s brother is into Jace but keeps it also quite because gay Shadowhunters are not a thing. Of course everyone finds their perfect match in this series but in the first three books all the relationships are very confusing.
#2 Juliette, Warner and Adam from Shatter Me
This is one of my favourite love triangles because there is real cause for it to exist. Juliette is locked up in a mental institution and gets recued by Adam. Of course she will fall in love with Adam, she had no human contact in many years and she is a teenager. The two of them also knew each other from childhood. But Juliette is damaged and can’t think straight. When she meets Warner he shows her what love can be. I know it sounds corny but I loved Juliette’s and Warner’s love story because it was not instalove. And Adam can suck it.
#1 Tessa, Jem and Will from The Infernal Devices
For me this is the ultimate love triangle. It was such an emotional journey with Tessa, Will and Jem. There was so much drama but how Cassandra Clare ended their story was beautiful and surprising. Everyone gets their happy ending and I could still cry when I think about the last chapters of Clockwork Princess. If you are searching for an epic love story set in an urban fantasy world this is your book.
Angels have descended to the earth and the apocalypse is here. Street gangs rule the day while fear rules the night. Fear from creatures like Angels. Penryn has one goal only, to stay alive and to help her family survive. She must be the strong one because her mother is mentally ill and her sister is in a wheel chair. Not the best of conditions to stay their ground in the angel apocalypse. Of course something happens to Penryns sister. She gets taken by Angels and now Penryn has to save her. She does this with the help of a fallen Angel who got his wings cut off by other Angels. She saves his life and pressures him into helping her find her sister.
So this premise of Angelfall by Susan Ee seems not really my thing. I mean come on an angel book? And another girl fighting for her life and the life of her sister? Not really a new thing. But the book got amazing reviews on Goodreads so I checked it out. It also helps that it is under 300 pages long. Turns out that’s a bad thing because this book could have used some extra pages. For me Angelfall was awful. I could not get into it and had a hard time finishing this tiny book. There was no world building besides the fact that Angels are killing humans on earth. That was it. All the world building is in the synopsis. Penryn is travelling with an Angel nearly the whole book and she is asking questions like: What are you guys doing here? What do you want on earth? And so on. But she gets nothing. No answers NOTHING. Well maybe all the answers will be revealed n the end, I tell myself. But that’s not the chase. There are no answers in this book, no closure and hardly any plot at all. Everything you need to know is in this synopsis. There is no character development there is just action scene after action scene that has nothing to do with this so called plot.
When I thought the book can’t get worse there it is, the forbidden love, because humans and angels do not mix. Penryn and her angel Rafe have no chemistry what so ever. They start out hating each other but suddenly they are in love? Seriously, I can’t take this. So please tell me why everybody loves this book so much? Is it because the plot is so predictable and stupid that it is easy to read? Or is it because there is only action and you do not have to get involved with the characters and the plot? I just don’t get it and I heard that there are also no explanations in the second book. Maybe I just read too many dystopian books and am now too picky but this did nothing for me. Maybe I just don’t like angel books. I hardly got through. So no, I will not continue this series.
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West is a cute contemporary romance novel. It takes place in a small town on the east coast and is about the relationship between Caymen and Xander. Caymen works at the porcelain doll store of her mother and wants to get out of this town as fast as possible. The store life’s from rich people who buy dolls but lately the finances do not look good. Caymen and her mother have a hard time getting by. So Caymen has a lot of reasons to resent the rich customers that frequent her store. When Xander comes in it is clear that he has money. Actually his family has money. And to top this he looks amazingly good. But Caymen has one rule: Never get involved with a rich guy.
Of course Caymen and Xander can’t stand away from each other and they become friends. Or are even more than friends? Caymen finally begins to see that money is not always a way to make your life easy. Xander has problems, just like she does and she slowly gets to know his world. There is also Caymen’s mom who seems to have a lot of secrets and hides things from Caymen. And what will the two of them do when the store can’t make any money more? So this is what The Distance Between us is all about. When I read this book I wanted a fast and cute contemporary and this is what I got. But I was not amazed by this book. It was okay but unfortunately forgettable. Caymen is highly annoying in her prejudices against all people with money and has no idea that maybe Xander’s world is not as perfect as she thinks. I did no really feel the love between Caymen and Xander and also there were the typical misunderstandings you find in so many romance books. I’m over the obligatory lack of communication between characters. Don’t get mad with the guy and run away. Why do people always run away in books and movies? It’s so stupid, I hate it. So this is kind of the climax of this book, the running away, not talking with each other and thinking everything is over. This is so exhausting, authors, please stop it!
But after all, this book was cute and kind of fun. I read it in one day so it’s a really fast read. I like the small town setting but did not like the rich/poor issues. Also I have to admit that I thought this book is about a long distance relationship but that was not the case so I was a little bit disappointed. But that’s totally on me not reading the synopsis. So if you search for a quick and easy read with not much depth and good looking character you may find what you are looking for.
“When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.” Goodreads
The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken is a dystopian fiction book series about kids who are the only survivors of a deadly plaque and have now developed dangerous abilities. The gouvernment of the US has no idea how to deal with them so he puts them into so called rehabilitation camps where the kids get tortured and killed.
The Darkest Minds
Ruby is now 16 and since she is 10 she lives at Thurmond, a camp for teens who developed abilities. Ruby is a green which means she is highly intelligent. Or so it seems. One day she collapses and wakes up in the hospital wing where a doctor helps her escape. Turns out Ruby is not a green but an orange. She can manipulate people’s minds and is highly dangerous. She gets rescued be the Children’s League who want to use her in their fight against the government. But Ruby has a bad feeling and after discovering something horrible she flees from the League and finds three kids in a van. Liam, Chuck and Zu help Ruby and now they are on the run together. They are searching for East River, a safe location for kids like them. On the way their Liam and Ruby get closer and fall in love.
This was an action packed first book and I loved the characters. The best scenes where definitely the ones with the four kids together in the van. I also liked the setup of the story and I was really invested in getting to know more about the disease and the abilities. For me this was a great and fast read and even if there is not that much world building it was enough for a first book. The end was a little bit cliché because how often have we seen the heroine sacrificing herself to safe the others. But asides from that this seemed like a series I could really love. Turns out I was wrong.
Never Fade picks up where The Darkest Minds left off. Ruby is now with the League and tries to find Liam because he ha curtail information for overthrowing the government. Even if there is action in this book it was boring and long for me. There were so many new characters that I didn’t care about and it was clear that this one character would die. The writing was not my thing. I thought it was all over the place and it was hard to understand the more chaotic scenes. Not because they were so complex but because there was so much description, too much because I zoned out often. The writing was also chaotic and confusing at times. But I was still kind of invested in the story and liked Ruby and Liam. So I just hoped the third book will be better and the ending will be a fulminate finale. I was so wrong.
In the Afterlight
This novel was so long and the ending was still too quickly warped up. How can this happen with an over 500 page book? After Never Fade I hoped I was just in a bad mood when I read it but this book was so boring. There are chapters that only describe the rooms where the kids are living and who is on what duty. Who cares? I want to know how it all ends. Finally after hundreds of pages they get to recue Ruby’s camp and that were some great scenes. I loved that Clancy was back and that he screwed them over again. But asides from that the book was boring. I wanted to see what will happen after the rescue. There is a press conference that got my hopes up. There they discussing the future of the kids with powers but nothing get resolved. I get that the government will be reluctant to open the camps but why not stand up for yourselves? Instead they are going on a road trip together? I get why they are doing it but there are so many things not resolved in this novel. It would have been so much better if there were less description and less fighting between Liam and Ruby and instead Alexandra Bracken showed us what her vision for this new America would be. But she takes the easy way out and shows us only that there will be negotiations between the kids and the government. I’m sorry but this is just not enough.
The Mortal Instruments is one of my favourite fantasy book series. I has sassy characters, great and detailed world building and an amazing story. Okay the story is maybe not the best story ever but I still enyoed it and the books came together so beautifuly in the end that I just had to love this series. It has also one of the best last books in a series I have ever read. So keep in mind that I really like all six book in this series but I did like some more than others.
# 6 City of Fallen Angels
This was my least favourite book in the series. It felt like nothing much happened and it was just a bridge between the third and the forth book. I liked that the book was more focused on other characters, besides Clary but this book was just a little bit too slow.
# 5 City of Lost Souls
This book was also not the best in the series. This was probably due to the big finale that was the last book. City of Lost Souls sets up the plot for the final book in the series. I did like that it was quiter and not completly full with action. We got some cute moments with Clary and Jace but you know it is too good to be true.
# 4 City of Ashes
The second book in the series was way darker than the first book. I really enjoyed it except for the storyline of Clary and Jace being siblings. That was just stupid and clearly nobody was fooled. It did not get resolved in this book so I was a little anyoed because I did not think Cassandra Clare would drag out this plotline for so long.
# 3 City of Bones
The first book in the series was good but not the greatest. There was a lot of exposition and world building which I loved. Of course there was also a lot of action. Right in the beginning it starts out with very fast pacing. I must say the pacing of all the books is exceptional and you are never bored. But this first book was just the beginning of the story. So much is yet to come.
# 2 City of Glass
This should originaly be the last book in the series but fortunatly Cassandra Clare decided to continue the series and write six books instead of three. For me, City of Glass was a great finale for the first books. We finally get to see Alicante and get more insight into the world of the Shadowhunters. As you know I love good world building and great dialog and Cassandra Clare is the queen of both. She made this really clear in City of Glass and her last book in this series.
# 1 City of Heavenly Fire
The sixth book in the series was amazing. So much more amazing than all the other books combined. I loved every second of it. It was full funny, sassy and action-packed. Everything tied together so well and nothing was left unresolved. The ending was highly emotional and not at all what I expected. There were so many twist in the story and I could not stop reading. City of Heavenly Fire is an epic ending to a great fantasy series.
Falling Kingdoms is a fantasy book series by Morgan Rhodes. It will contain six books. As of now three books are released. The fourth book will be coming out in December 2015. The setting of the books is Mytica, a country with three kingdoms where magic is long forgotten. Mytica is divided into Auranos, the southern country in which people life in wealth. In the north there is Limeros which is highly religious. Between Limeros and Auranos sits Paelsia, the poor country which gets exploited by the Auranos people. The main characters in Falling Kingdoms are Cleo, youngest daughter of Auranos King, Magnus, heir of the king in Limeros, Lucia who also lives in Limeros royal family but who seems to have a different heritage. There also is Jonas, a rebel who searches for justice. Soon the four of them will meet and nothing will ever be the same.
SPOILER – If you have not read the book don’t read any further
The first book in this saga starts out with Cleo travelling to Paelsia to seek out some whine sellers with her friend Aaron. But there is in incident in which Aaron kills Jonas brother, supposedly in self defence. This event will trigger a war between the three countries of Mytica. Magnus will help his father to rise to power. Cleo wants to keep her kingdom save and Jonas wants revenge for his dead brother. This book was magical and fantastical. There were some big surprises that I did not see coming. I loved the writing and world building. We slowly get to know this strange country. I also loved everything that had to do with old myths and watchers. This book series seems to be inspired by Game of Thrones a little bit because characters can die really quickly here. But I think our four main characters will stand until the end.
Rebel Spring is set after the events of Falling Kingdoms. The Limeros King rules the whole country know and rebel groups are forming with Jonas as their leader. Cleo is a prisoner in her own home, Magnus is still obsessed with his feelings for Lucia and Lucia is becoming more and more darker. Her powers will soon corrupt her. This book was full of action, so much is happening. At the end of the book so much has changed. I loved how the story progressed but sometimes the pacing was too slow for my taste. There was also a lot of repetition which was unnecessary. But the last 100 pages made up for the slowness of the novel because all hell is getting loose. After reading Rebel Spring I immediately had to pick up the next book in the series.
All of the characters are searching for the Kindred, a magical artefact that will lead to limitless power. The hunt for the kindred turns into a crazy chase that will end in destruction. This was my favourite book in this series because it concentrated more on the magical aspects of the story. Again, so much happened and the end seems to set up a whole other problem for our protagonists. My other favourite part of this books where the relationships that are finally forming between the characters. I have to say I ship Cleo and Jonas even if I know most of you ship Cleo and Magnus. But I just can’t see them together. My favourite character is Lucia. From book one she is mysterious and flawed. I think she will go through a lot of character development in the next book. But of course I also love the other characters and can’t wait to find out what will happen next.
The forth book in the series will come out in December 2015. It features Lucia on the cover and seems like it will be set in Limeros. I hope we will see more of Lucia in this book and of the gods who were awakened in the last book. I think she will become evil and revengeful because of the betrayal and death of her first love. I don’t think anyone can control her anymore and she will use her power to get out her anger. Cleo and Magnus will probably have more scenes together and will get to know each other better. I can’t wait to read this book. Tell me what you think will happen and tell me how you like this series so far
The high tech space ship Icarus crashed. No one knows why but it went down on a foreign planet. The only two survivors are Lilac and Tarver. Lilac is the only daughter of the richest man in the universe. She is the heiress to her father’s company and everyone in the galaxy knows Lilac. Tarver on the other hand is soldier and war hero. He did not grow up in wealth like Lilac. So these two characters are totally different and make no good team at all. But they have to start working together because that is their only chance of survival. Lilac and Tarver embark on journey to safety through an unknown plant were weird things are happening. And I don’t mean that the two very different young people become fond of each other.
These broken Stars is a survival story disguised as a romance in outer space with a little bit of mystery. It has some romantic parts but there is not too much romance. I liked the characters very much and there is more to them that meets the eye. This book is co-written by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and their writing is very versatile. The two authors have very different writing styles and I could always tell without reading the caption, whose chapter it is. You can clearly differentiate between Lilac and Tarvner and I loved it because this is something rare in duo point of views. There are some twists and turns that I did not expect.
This book is not fast paced. It takes some time to get to know the characters. The story picks up at the last 150 pages. But power trough the slower part because it gets really good and the ending is great. Unfortunately there is not a lot of world building. There are some scenes with space travel and glimpses of the world but it was not enough for me. The book is really short so I don’t get why there is so little world building and explaining but maybe this will come in the next book in this series. This shattered World is going to be released in late December. The Starbound novels are also in talks of becoming a TV show. I’m not quite sure if this story would work as a TV show though because there is a lot of inner monologue and the two perspectives are important to the story.
A lot of people are comparing this book with Under the Never Sky which I also have read. I did not like Under the Never Sky as much as I liked These broken Stars. In this book the characters seem more mature and also the whole story is more evolved than the one in Under the Never Sky. I did not love this book but I it was still a great book but maybe a little too short. So if you like survival stories pick this one up and tell me how you liked it.
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld is about 18 years old Darcy Patel who wrote a novel in her last year of high school and got a publishing deal. So she moves to New York to rewrite her first novel Afterworlds and work on the sequel. She dives into the publishing world and tries to become a part of the YA writer community in New York. She also meets a fellow writer and falls in love. Darcy’s novel Afterworlds is a paranormal romance. Her protagonist Lizzie survives a terrorist attack by slipping into the afterworld, a place kind of like a limbo between the living and the dead. Lizzie discovers that she can slip through both worlds and has other powers because of her encounter with the afterworld. She also meets a death god and falls in love with him. Westerfeld’s book Afterworlds tells the story of Darcy and the struggles of being a writer. As we follow Darcy we read her finished book back to back with her story. After every chapter with Darcy follows a chapter with Lizzie and her story in the afterworld.
I loved this book and think it is very enjoyable when you want to know more about the publishing world. I had no idea how book tours work or how a novel gets written but I love writing and books so this was the perfect novel for me. I think Afterworlds is a book for booklovers. It had everything I wanted it to have. There was this young girl and with her we could discover the publishing industries. The concept of the book highly intrigued me. Westerfeld writes a book in a book. As Darcy’s grows as a writer her book grows too. We see how events in her life influence her writing. But the most impressive thing about Afterworlds is that Lizzie’s chapter seem to be written by a totally different person. Westerfeld accomplishes to write exactly like an 18 year old girl who writes her debut novel. Would I only have read Lizzie’s chapters I would have never thought that this was a Scott Westerfeld book.
I think that the two books (Darcy & Lizzie) would have not worked as separate books. But because they are so beautifully interwoven with each other this is a unique and very interesting reading experience. As often my problem with books that are written in short chapters with different stories I had the problem of switching from story to story. Every time Darcy’s story got really interesting the chapter was over and I was in Lizzie’s world. So reading both stories back to back got exhausting some time. But I was always invested in the story and wanted to keep reading. What I could not wrap my head around were some of Darcy’s decisions about money and college. I could not understand how she could be so irresponsible. She also does not have to confront her problems or has to deal with the consequences. Darcy has it pretty easy at times.
I must say I did like Darcy’s chapters a lot more than I liked Lizzie’s. I think for such a big book deal from the publishing house, Lizzie’s story felt a little flat. I also felt like Lizzie’s book alone was too short. And of course there was instalove in the YA novel which I have a big problem with in general. I just do not like instalove and do not understand why it is so popular? Do you kiss a guy you know nothing about and just met? But besides that Afterworlds was a great book and I loved reading it. It was so in touch with the YA internet culture that I was impressed. I found it so interesting to get to know the publishing world and I immediately wanted to write something of my own.
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Shailene Woodley ist zurück als knallharte Trish Prior. Insurgent ist der zweite Film in der Divergent Reihe. Regie führte Robert Schwentke, der Film basiert auf dem gleichnamigen Buch von Veronica Roth. Das dritte Buch, Allegiant, wird in zwei Teile gesplittet. Teil eins wird im März 2016 in die Kinos kommen und Teil 2 im März 2017. Neben Woodley sind Theo James als Four, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer und Naomi Watts zu sehen. Insurgent trägt sich in einer dystopischen Zukunft zu in der die Menschen in Fraktionen eingeteilt werden. In dem ersten Film versucht Jeanine, gespielt von Kate Winslet, die Macht an sich zu reisen und löscht folgedessen eine der Fraktionen fast aus. Trish und ihre Freunde stellen sich gegen Jeanine und wollen sie aufhalten. Am Beginn des Films Insurgent sind sie Flüchtlinge die sich vor Jeanines Soldaten verstecken.
Seit ich den Trailer für Insurgent gesehen habe, war ich zwiegespalten was den Film angeht. Der Trailer sah aus wie ein schlechter 80er Jahre Actionfilm. Zum Glück was nicht der Fall. Insurgent ist jedoch auch kein guter Film, er ist leider bloß durchschnittlich. Es gab gute wie schlechte Momente aber vor allem auch langweilige Sequenzen. Die erste Hälfte des Filmes fand ich durchaus unterhaltsam, doch als Trish und Four sich auf den Weg zu den Candor machen ging es für mich nur noch Bergab. Doch zuerst zurück zu den positiven Momenten. Die schauspielerische Leistung des Casts war hervorragend. Vor allem Shailene Woodley hat alles gegeben, manchmal sogar etwas zu viel. Einige wenige ihrer Szenen wirkten over the top. Miles Teller war witzig und seine Kommentare definitiv das Kinoticket wert. Teller hat es geschafft, dass Peter, den er darstellt, nun mein liebster Charakter in diesem Franchise ist. Die Starpower von Naomi Watts und Octavia Spencer wurde leider gar nicht genutzt. Den beiden Schauspielerinnen wurde kaum Substanz geben, um ihre Rollen interessant zu machen. Theo James war ebenso sehr bemüht und endlich hat sein Charakter mehr zu tun als bloß in der Gegend herum zu stehen. Auch die Schauspieler in den kleineren Rollen waren alle samt überzeugend.
Beeindruckend waren auch die Actionszenen. Diese waren gut gefilmt mit langen Takes ohne viel Schnitt, was im Kino durchaus Wirkung zeigte. Von diesen Actionszenen hätte ich gerne mehr gesehen. Auch die visuellen Effekte waren innovativ und faszinierend. Leider wurden diese zu oft eingesetzt, es war einfach zu viel des Guten. Der ganze Film wirkte künstlich und zu geschönt. Nun zu den Problemen des Films, die ganz offensichtlich vor allem bei Regie und Drehbuch liegen. Insurgent fährt keine klare Linie. Der Film ist ein einziges Chaos und es scheint als wäre auch dem Regisseur nicht klar gewesen, wo das Ganze hinführen soll. Das Drehbuch hat dabei nicht geholfen. Es war schlampig geschrieben und viele Szenen machten kaum Sinn. Das Ende kam abrupt und war zu schnell erledigt. Zusammenfassend war Insurgent ein Durchschnittsfilm mit einigen guten Actionszenen, bemühten Schauspielern und aufpoliertem CGI. Die nächsten zwei Filme werde ich mir trotzdem ansehen, da Shailene Woodley, Theo James und Miles Teller für mich Anreiz genug sind, um auch noch zwei weitere Filme dieser schwachsinnigen Story auszuhalten.
Shailene Woodley is back as the badass Trish Prior. Insurgent is the second movie in the Divergent franchise. It is directed by Robert Schwentke and based on the book Insurgent by Veronica Roth. The last book, Allegiant, will be split in two parts. Part one will be released in March 2016 and part 2 will be released in March 2017. Besides Woodley the movie stars Theo James as Four, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts. Insurgent is set in a dystopian future where people are divided in factions, based on their abilities. Jeanine, played by Kate Winslet, wants to rule all these factions and overthrows the government in the first movie. Trish and her friends stand against here and want to fight her. At the beginning of Insurgent they are on the run and hide at the Amity quarters from Jeanine’s soldiers.
Since I’ve seen the trailer for Insurgent I was indifferent about it because the trailer looked very much like a bad 80’s action movie. It was not an 80’s action movie but it was also not a good movie. Insurgent was average for me. It had some good scenes, some bad ones and some boring ones. What was good about it was the acting. Shailene gave it her all and the scene with the Candor truth serum is really powerful and caught me off guard. But some scenes with her were a little over the top. Nevertheless Shailene Woodley is the glue that holds this movie together. Theo James is also very good and finally got more to do than just standing around like in the last film. Then there is Miles Teller and he was hilarious in this film. Thanks for him Peter is easily my favourite character now. His one-liners were golden. I didn’t like Kate Winslet at all here. I think she was boring and brought nothing to the table. She does not have an evil villain vibe at all. Also Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer’s potential were not used in this movie. They did not get anything to make their roles interesting. But after all the acting was really good and the cast as a whole is full of amazing actors, also in smaller roles.
The next thing I really liked were the action and fight scenes. They were well shot with long takes. Even if it is not believable that Trish can fight guys double her size, it was highly entertaining to watch. Also the visual effects were amazing and unique. Unfortunately it all felt too fake, even with these great visual effects. It seemed too clean and too stylish. I loved the first half of the movie, until Trish and Four make their way to Candor. After that it went from bad to worse. The movie felt all over the place like no one had any idea where all this was going. It felt torn and confusing, but not in a good way. Many actors looked like they didn’t even want to be in this movie and the plot was ridiculously dumb. I also hated the simulation sequences and found them boring. At one time in Jeanine’s laboratory I nearly dosed off. This is definitely not the reaction I want to have while watching an action movie. But the biggest flaw in this movie was by far the directing and the writing. The movie is just so poorly written and directed that it was at times painful to watch. Nothing made sense and they world building was nowhere to be seen. And one last thing: I hated the costumes, they all looked wrong for me. Like from a bad off Broadway production. After all, this movie was okay. It had a strong beginning and great action scenes with fantastic CGI. But it went in to many different directions and the ending was ridicules and made no sense whatsoever. I will still watch the next to movies, but only for Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Miles Teller because these three were amazing in Insurgent.