January 7, 2013 (3:20 PM)
At first I was just reading the ‘Allegiant’ only so I can finally finish the trilogy/series because the last trilogy I read I didn’t finish and I felt bad. I don’t want to do it again, not finishing something I started. I don’t want to be that kind of a reader so I forced myself to finish this last book. Yes ‘forced’ because the first few pages until the middle I felt was dragging and boring and didn’t catch my interest anymore. When I was still reading the second book I was almost convince that this was just ‘another’ post war-sort of sci-fi novel, like hunger games just told in a different story. The second book didn’t go along my expectations compared to the first one. So by the time I started reading the third book, I lost interest and no longer ‘too caught up’ in the story.
You can also say that what kept me moving in finishing this was also because of curiosity. Curiosity to what will happen to the characters, who else will die and how will the story end? As much as it was boring to me, the last few chapters the ones in the climax turned out to be the other way. It was powerful that you couldn’t help but keep on flipping the pages and before you know it you are in the last few pages. I must commend that the story turned out to be UNEXPECTED. I couldn’t have predicted some of it. Of course I always knew that they will eventually sort it all out and end the conflict but this one I didn’t expect: The main character to die. Now, where can you find a main character to get slacked out of his/her own story? Few or even none! I admire the author for not holding back, for being brave, for going out the normal usual safe ending, for killing the main character so the story will have a just and proper ending. She could have just easily chosen not to, but she still did it and believes that it will be good for the story.
And as expected finding yourself in the last few pages of a good story is always, emotional, sad, terrible, wretch, hollow,horrible and heart-rending <insert all negative awful feelings here> . I know I said that I was already eager to finish the story but then you always change your mind when you find yourself at the end. Maybe because you shared the journey with the characters, their story sort of makes you feel that it is your story too, that you feel like also a character and with them the whole time. Being a reader there’s a feeling that a story gives you, an attachment. For me, I am already used to the presence of ‘Aisa’(sorry I changed the name of the main character, Beatrice to mine. Don’t ask. One of the weird things I do) Four, Christina, Uriah (who unfortunately died), Cara and Caleb. With a good story come learnings and realizations from every character you encounter, for example.
And with the loved characters of the book comes the favorite quotes from the book. Mine were at the last few pages.
The funny one:
“Sometimes, all it takes to save people from a terrible fate is one person willing
to do something about it. Even if that ‘something’ is a fake bathroom break.”-Four
The more serious one:
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk
toward a better life…”-Four
So I guess it’s time for us Divergent series fans to move on. It’s time for me to leave Chicago and all my friends there and end their story and my journey and move on to the next.
Yes, like everyone else I am also doing a year end review of 2013. 2013 was an eye opener for me. My first year being a non student individual whose life doesn’t revolve only in ‘school’ anymore. I got to experience many things like walking under the hot summer day to look for a job, living independently, cooking my own meals, washing my own clothes, cleaning, worrying about the bills, going for weekly groceries, and wandered east to west just to look for a place to stay. It might be shallow for you but being the youngest and living in a comfortable life with nothing to worry about but doing good at school, that’s a huge deal. It’s sort of fulfilling and something to be proud of. So to start off. –Yes we haven’t started yet.
Well I guess that’s it. I know some of what I’ve listed is a bit controversial. It doesn’t go the same with everybody. What I can only say is that we do have bad times and as weird as it sounds we should be thankful for our bad times. Why? For without the bad times we can never learn. So live life, enjoy good times, have bad times and grow from there. Thank you 2013 and Happy 2014 everyone! :)
Ithas been a thing of mine since last year to post something on my birthday (December 27) but unfortunately I wasn’t able to because I was busy preparing for the thing I thought was going to happen that day but didn’t happen. I guess I was again being my usual ‘feelingera’ self. –I really have to do something about this already though. I often end up wrong then gets disappointed afterwards.
Anyway, I can’t believe that I am 23 years old now. More over I can’t believe I’m in my early 20s already. I always thought that I will always be a teenager. Well, I know it is foolish to think of but I guess I never really push the idea that I’ll eventually get older than what my age was. When I turned 22 last year it was sort of not too much to take even though I didn’t want my age to grow by another year but still it didn’t feel worst than I do right now. Maybe because there was a song about my being 22 (22 by Taylor Swift) that’s why I felt sorta ok about it but this time there is no song about being 23 for me to feel good for. Is there? Can someone please make one so I don’t have to feel bad being 23. *laughs
Now thinking about it, what’s really the difference being 22 or 23? Because I don’t feel any different. Maybe when you try to compare yourself when you were 19 and to how old you are right now then you will notice a difference about your personality, about how you see life or how you decide on things and vice versa. The gap is long that’s why you can notice a difference or a growth in that person. But 22 to 23? I think it will just be the same. It’s just my opinion though. I guess maybe it’s too early to say. I just turned 23 last December 27 so I am like fresh out the oven.
But I really hope that I can accomplish more than when I was 22. I hope that now that I am 23 years old my life will start to keep moving so I can start working on my dream list. I hope I can get a job already. I always wanted to travel so I hope I can do that now that I am 23, when I am still in between not too young and not too old. I think its better this age than when you are older. It’s still considered cool. Well it is always cool to travel but it’s cooler when you can travel at this age, when you are still young. You start young so you will be able to visit more places, right? I hope that I’ll have a better pay on my future job. Oh please! So I can buy myself a new laptop where for me to blog and a cell phone with camera and Instagram . It doesn’t matter if it’s android or an apple as long as it has a good camera installed.
That’s it for now. I hope you enjoy the rest of 2013. Savor the last days, mend broken strings, make up with old enemies and try to re-write your 2013 if it didn’t went good for you. You still have time. Don’t wait until you can no longer do then regret it afterwards. Let yourself have a good review about 2013. :)