I haven’t been a big movie watcher lately proven by the fact that I’ve watched a whopping total of 8 movies this year (which is nothing compared to previous years when I used to easily watch 50+ movies in a year). Still, I’m always excited for sci-fi movies and here’s a whole list of them.
This week’s top ten Tuesday topic is essentially about books that have been recently added to the TBR list and well, seeing as how I’ve added books up to 2020 to my TBR, this spin on it totally works. Also, because it’s sci-fi month. I tried to pick more underrated books/authors and looking over the list, I guess I partly succeeded? The excitement’s very real at least.
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One choice can transform you-or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves-and herself-while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable-and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
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Science fiction is important simply because it makes us question society much more than any other genre. It not only explores science in all its glory and ugliness, but also compels the reader to think about something in a new way. It appeals to the sense of wonder. It asks insightful questions and poses implications of societal practices in a complex setting that is akin to our present world and so allows us to see ourselves objectively.
Science fiction matters because even in the most screwed up of all screwed up science fiction worlds, it all boils down to human emotion.
It is a vast genre with dozens of sub-genres and themes which when combined with other genres is pretty much a self-supporting entity. There are no limits as to what a single science fiction story can constitute to as long as there’s a willingness to suspend belief on the reader’s behalf.
YA science fiction isn’t as all-encompassing as adult science fiction but hey, it’s getting there which is amazing because what we’ll always need more of is science fiction (and just for the hell of it, fantasy). No other genre is going to help us in case of a zombie apocalypse, anyway.
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In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.