Weekly Thursday event where I randomly promote one book, movie, and TV Show that I want people to know about!
Book: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent is probably one of the most popular sci-fi/Dystopian series out right now. Awesome action, great romance, brilliantly created world; Divergent is a well-rounded and extremely entertaining novel.
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.
Movie: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
This is one of those adorable movies that I wish more people knew about. With Dustin Hoffman giving a beautiful performance as Mr. Magorium, the main story follows Natalie Portman’s character, Molly Mahoney, and Jason Bateman’s boring accountant, Henry Weston, on their journey of self-discovery. Bright, colorful, entertaining, heartwarming; a very fun film with a big heart.
Synopsis: Molly Mahoney is the awkward and insecure manager of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, the strangest, most fantastic, most wonderful toy store in the world. But when Mr. Magorium, the 243 year-old eccentric who owns the store, bequeaths the store to her, a dark and ominous change begins to take over the once remarkable Emporium.
Arrow airs on the CW, and is about to start its second season in the fall. I was skeptical of this show at first, but it turned out to be a solid superhero show with good acting and good writing. Plus, Stephen Amell is fun to look at. Follows the story of The Green Arrow.
Synopsis: Spoiled Billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.