I am a little divided on this book: On the one hand, it is one heck of a page turner. I had to really struggle to put it down and go to bed on time whI am a little divided on this book: On the one hand, it is one heck of a page turner. I had to really struggle to put it down and go to bed on time while I was reading it. On the other hand, it's not particularly well-written or fresh.
- So when is the whole teenage death contest trend going to be over? I mean, I know the initiation doesn't actually have them fighting to the death, but close enough. I've read Stephen King's The Long Walk, why do we need 3,000 more stories where teenagers die for some shadowy adult purpose? - The best part of the book is the last 20%. Before that, while Tris is doing the whole initiation thing, I was really kind of waiting for the real book to start. - Why are some of the factions named after nouns, and some after adjectives? This doesn't make any sense to me, and it nagged me through the whole book. - Speaking of the whole faction thing - it's not a workable idea. I don't know how long this system is supposed to have been in place (Though long enough for Tris's mother to have grown up in a different faction) but in the real world, I suspect it would have lasted no more than 6 months before it fell apart. Violently. This idea of segregating people by their strongest traits and eliminating people who aren't conformist enough... it's a recipe for groupthink, and groupthink leads to genocide. And fast. - Why does every YA book have to be a romance? Especially since this one isn't working for me. Also, I don't care whether or not Four is a virgin (though why is she so surprised? He's 18 not 40) While we're at it, the skinny girl who doesn't think she's attractive and the handsome boy with the tortured past get together... Yawn. - In what universe would Eric be a faction leader? I don't care how well he serves the shadowy conspiracy, or how democratic Dauntless is supposed to be. He is 18, it's only been 2 years since he was initiated, he wouldn't even have the hang of being an adult yet. - Of course... daredevils wear black, have tattoos and body piercings. Of course they do.
What the heck, read it for fun. It's a fast read and fun brain candy. But don't try to think to critically about it, it doesn't hold up to the scrutiny....more
I love XKCD. I've followed the strip for years because I am a nerd. :) I enjoyed this compilation, but only gave it 4 stars because it was basically aI love XKCD. I've followed the strip for years because I am a nerd. :) I enjoyed this compilation, but only gave it 4 stars because it was basically a "best of" compilation with nothing new except doodles in the margins....more
I like a dark thriller. I like books where the protagonist isn't quite a hero, and everything is kind of a mess. But this... This book was too much evI like a dark thriller. I like books where the protagonist isn't quite a hero, and everything is kind of a mess. But this... This book was too much even for me. Everyone was so twisted, and even the people who weren't actively criminal were miserable, cruel, or both. But it was a page-turner, and I didn't see the twist coming....more
Weird, weird little book. My book club read it last summer, and I just got around to finishing it.
I am giving it 3 stars because I was entertained, anWeird, weird little book. My book club read it last summer, and I just got around to finishing it.
I am giving it 3 stars because I was entertained, and because I felt like I got kind of attached to several of the characters, even if they didn't have a lot of substance. But I am still really not sure what to make of the book as a whole. Every person in it is a caricature, there's even one point in the book where one of the characters is reading the book. Like the character is reading the same book that they are at that moment starring in.
The book is a satire of modern American life, I get that. And satire is a great tool to take a good hard look at the things people take for granted. But it's easy for satire to feel heavy-handed. Ultimately, I felt like the book was packed with a lot of satirizing, but not a whole lot of anything actually happening. And considering that the characters were kind of thin and there was very little plot... the satire wasn't enough to carry the whole book for me....more
What a steaming pile of crap. Seriously. It's terribly written, it's not sexy, and it's not romantic. The only entertainment value I got from it was cWhat a steaming pile of crap. Seriously. It's terribly written, it's not sexy, and it's not romantic. The only entertainment value I got from it was complaining about it loudly to anybody who would listen.
Christian is a stalker, he is abusive and cruel. I'm sorry, this is not sexy, it's messed up. And Ana is a *moron*. I'm surprised she doesn't forget to breathe in the morning.
Every damn time they kiss, he's always pulling on her hair to tilt her head up. The first time a guy did that to me, I would ask him not to. The second time I might be annoyed, by the 10th time, I don't think he would even still have fingers on that hand to pull my hair with!
Save your money and your time. What a waste. ...more