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message 1: by Reynje (new)

Reynje Eagerly awaiting your verdict :)

message 2: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I've been really curious about this one, Reynje! My friends' reviews are all over the place. We'll see. :)

message 3: by Reynje (new)

Reynje I'll admit that I have read it (pre-GR joining) but I could just never decide on a rating. Perhaps I should re-read and see how I feel :)

message 4: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I hope you will rate/write a review! I know we are newish friends, but my ears always perk up when I see you in my feed.

message 5: by Reynje (new)

Reynje Aw, thanks Wendy :) I have to say, its nice to be amongst the "bookish people" here. Also: laughing out loud at your update thread. Home Alone references FTW!

message 6: by Jo (new)

Jo Oooh, I keep seeing this and wondering. WONDERING.
I await your thoughts....

message 7: by Laura (new)

Laura haha...I loved this book and world.
Looking forward to your updates! :)

message 8: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I was the same way about this book, Jo! I decided it was time I found out for myself. I'm really enjoying the book so far, Laura. :)

message 9: by KJ Shadows (new)

KJ Shadows I already reviewed this one =) It was a fun read. I have to say for some reason I like four, even though she kinda described him as freaky looking lol

message 10: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Freaky looking? I don't remember that, KJ!

message 11: by Elena (new)

Elena Looking forward to your review! I agree with a lot of the worldbuilding criticisms I've seen, but for me the plot and characters totally overrode those issues. I <3 it.

message 12: by KJ Shadows (new)

KJ Shadows In one of the reviews there is a transcript of what he looks like...she says something along the lines of his bottom lip puffs out more then his upper lip and his eye lids are droopy? i was like umm? lol

message 13: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Huh. I remember the lip thing but not the droopy eye thing...that is a little weird, KJ. But Four still comes across as pretty cute, I can see why so many ladies like him!

And yeah, I thought this was a pretty fun book, Elena. I don't disagree that there are a lot of details that don't really hold up under scrutiny, but I was entertained.

message 14: by KJ Shadows (new)

KJ Shadows lol I love four too. But I think its in the first description. I think he's just suppose to be like a harder kind of cute :D which is fine

message 15: by HєllyBєlly (new)

HєllyBєlly I really, really liked this one (as you can tell from my grading), but I know there are some serious flaws in the world building, missing vital information and inconsistencies. However, I could not stop reading it - it was addictive. I'm totally with Elena there, the plot and characters made it possible for me to ignore those things.
Looking forward to reading your review!

message 16: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Thanks Helly! I agree that the story is extremely readable and fun, and that's what ultimately won me over despite its flaws. I'm also pretty impressed that this is a debut from a 23-year-old author. I can see why it's been getting a lot of attention.

message 17: by Surin (new)

Surin Agreed! It ain't perfect but it's one heck of a fun read :)

message 18: by Dija (new)

Dija Can't wait for your review, Wendy! :)

message 19: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Later today, hopefully. :) And if it's not posted, it's due to nothing more than sheer laziness on my part.

message 20: by Heidi (new)

Heidi I am anxiously waiting to!

message 21: by Nafiza (new)

Nafiza I had a LOT of hopes for this one. It disappointed me. A lot. :(

message 22: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling It's up, it's up! I definitely liked this better than you did, Nafiza...but at the same time, I agree with most of your points. Go figure. :)

message 23: by [deleted user] (new)

(view spoiler) ...and I think I want to know where the story goes next, but I try to imagine something interesting that could happen with this story and my mind is blank every time. Here's hoping Roth is more creative than me I guess. I'm glad you liked it! It is fun!

message 24: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I know, Kate! And that scene happened so quickly. :( I was disappointed that there wasn't more to that, given how much time was spent on the relationships between the initiates.

My fingers are crossed for a good sequel, too. Hopefully she has a plan. :)

message 25: by K. (new)

K. Ugh, I went from 4 stars to 3 stars. Now after reading your review, I'm back to 4. I just had a really hard time with their system but like you said, its so much fun!

message 26: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Wonderful review, Wendy.

message 27: by Reynje (new)

Reynje This is brilliant, Wendy! I read your review nodding along in agreement the whole time. While I don't think the premise bears up under too much scrutiny, I did find the book hugely entertaining and I think Veronica Roth's writing style suited the book.

message 28: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I went back and forth between 3.5 and 4 stars too, K...I tipped it up for the sheer entertainment factor.

Thanks Stephen and Reynje! And I agree, the writing style was great for this particular book.

message 29: by [deleted user] (new)

Good point the speed of the scene made it even worse. and one more thing..(view spoiler)

message 30: by Giselle (new)

Giselle I agree that the world is a bit far fetched, but it's really a fun ride so I just ignored the world building issues :) Great review Wendy.

message 31: by Nikoline (new)

Nikoline I'm surprised to liked this, however, I'm glad you did.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) "Okay, you can't just wound them. You have to KILL them! Sheesh."

Somehow, in all the confusion, I didn't see this update. You definitely need to show it to anyone who (view spoiler)

I completely agree with your review. The world really lacked logic, but I didn't mind so much because it was fun. Tris, however, bothered me a little more.

I'm leaving now. In fact, I was never here.

message 33: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Hee hee. I'm nice. But I bite. :D

Despite its faults, I thought this was extremely readable and fun--it's always good to be surprised by a book you're not sure about. Fingers crossed that the next book is more complex, is a little more fulfilling emotionally, and forms Tris' character a little more solidly as well. (view spoiler)

Kate, I think you might be right about your prediction as far as Christina is concerned. The author set up a little bit of that with the tension between her and Tris over the flag anyway, which was probably an interesting bit of foreshadowing.

Thanks Giselle and Anne!

message 34: by MISS VAIN (new)

MISS VAIN Wendy-As usual I enjoyed your review. This book has had plenty of hype and a few GR friends have recommended it to me and so I will eventually read it however, most people recommend it by saying "it's like The Hunger Games" and maybe that's why I'm a bit put off on reading it.

I don't mind reading that the concept isn't exactly original, it happens and often times I still enjoy the book. But in my opinion I have yet to find a book that has quite captured my heart like The Hunger Games did. That book was on my mind for at least six months after I read it, and two years after I read the first one I'm still obsessed with The Hunger Games. So on that note I was delighted to see in your review that it's not another replica of The Hunger Games. :) I look forward to reading Divergent as well!:))

message 35: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen) I had decided I wasn't going to read this book because I read a very spoiler filled review months ago, but after reading your review, and having it recommended to me by a friend, I'm going to give it a chance.

message 36: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Oh, thanks Miss Vain and Jennifer! I think if you go into this with the right frame of mind and are able to just relax and enjoy the ride, it will end up being a good experience. It's impossible to shut off your brain completely of course, but for me, this book works at least on an entertainment level. And the action stuff is very well-written.

I didn't feel as though the author was trying to copy any particular concept so I was able to disassociate from comparisons to THG. The other story and characters are much more complex and well thought-out, but still...I found enough here to keep me entertained. :) I look forward to hearing your thoughts if you give this a go!

message 37: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea Brought this one as soon as it was released. Haven't gotten around to reading it thus far but glad to see that it did not disappoint!

message 38: by MISS VAIN (new)

MISS VAIN Thank you Wendy, I do plan to give it a go, just need to squeeze it in:)

message 39: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Chelsea, I hope you and Miss V have a good experience with this, too! It was a definitely a surprise for me, in a good way.

message 40: by Limonessa (new)

Limonessa Still unsure whether to read this or not. As soon as I read the word "dystopia" lately, I run away.
Nice review.

message 41: by Jo (new)

Jo I haven't read a dystopian book for a while (like Lisa, I tend to flee)... but I'm thinking I should once again paddle in dystopian waters.

Last one I read (Eve) was just.... um, well.... yeah.

Great review Wendy! :)

message 42: by K. (new)

K. Omg, one question that I still don't have an answer to...why did that train never stop moving?

message 43: by Sarah (new)

Sarah i'm a little surprised you liked this one as much as you did. certainly, it is on the better side of the entertaining ya dystopian novels as of recent. but i just felt a little bored - like there wasn't much sense of urgency until the last 40 pages (which picked up nicely and i enjoyed). don't get me wrong, i will likely pick up the next one when it comes out, but i felt is was more of a solid 2.5-3 stars.

and K. i totally agree...why did the train never stop!? and where are the old people?

message 44: by Sarah (new)

Sarah oh, and i saw you have Enclave on your to-read list...i think that is the best ya dystopian novel i've read - second only to The Giver.

message 45: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Lisa, I think this is one you might have issues with. It's sort of like a fun action movie, but it's full of plot holes that I think will probably drive you up the wall, hah. Jo...see my comment for Lisa. (and thanks!)

K and Sarah, I have no idea what was going on with that the train. And old people don't really exist in YA books, so I wasn't really surprised not to see them. ;)

This definitely isn't a book every adult YA reader is going to enjoy, since we have that pesky "logic" need to attend to, but I'm firmly in the "if it entertains me it has value" camp. I thought The Giver was excellent, btw, though I've heard mixed things about Enclave among my friends. I'll definitely read it at some point.

message 46: by Sarah (new)

Sarah some ya books get into old people...The Giver does and even Matched (insert heavy sigh) does. i asked that more seriously than sarcastically b/c it was one of the few things Tris brings up (along with the train) in her head as a question. i am just hoping future books answer and the author just wasn't being sarcastic or ironic about it.

message 47: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I was being facetious about the "old people" comment, too. And yes, I'm hoping Insurgent answers more questions and develops Tris' character more as well.

message 48: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey You know, I think that's what actually makes me like this book. For all its faults, it was genuinely entertaining.

message 49: by HєllyBєlly (new)

HєllyBєlly I liked Enclave as well, though a bit darker and gorier than Divergent imo. World building felt more solid and believable.

message 50: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I totally agree, Lindsey. Faults or not, it kept my interest and I definitely want to find out what happens next!

That's good to know about Enclave, Helly. A certain Zombie Lover I know loves it, so there's a good chance I will, too. :)

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