I DEVOURED this book and upon finishing promptly wanted to yell SHUT THE SIDE DOOR, SHUT THE GARAGE, SHUT ALL THE WINDOWS, SHUT THE FREAKIN' FRONT DOO...moreI DEVOURED this book and upon finishing promptly wanted to yell SHUT THE SIDE DOOR, SHUT THE GARAGE, SHUT ALL THE WINDOWS, SHUT THE FREAKIN' FRONT DOOR! It was that good.
But, okay okay, lets set the baseline here... This isn't Steinbeck or anything, but in terms of YA, especially after some of last year's sheisty dribble masquerading as legitimate fiction, this shit is cray. I was seriously on the edge of my seat anxious to know what was going to happen next.... I just want to dissect everything to explain why it was all just so good, but I'm tapping on an iPhone so... that's not going to happen right now. I obviously need to step back and reflect a bit more, but this book & Meyers has me in their grips. This *must* be love.(less)
This book had so much potential to be Great. Everything had so much potential from the get-go, the character development, the unveiling of events, the...moreThis book had so much potential to be Great. Everything had so much potential from the get-go, the character development, the unveiling of events, the concepts of why the world is the way it is. It was thought-provoking and interesting. However, 2/3's of the way through the book it all loses it's way and it's a like a shitshow free-for-all, with the book trying to become so much more than it should've been, complete with unnecessary plot developments and disappointing character developments (or devolving of; or lack thereof). The way to the ending really lost me; almost Giver-esque, but without the satisfying feeling of having read something Great.(less)
Immediately after finishing this book, I texted my brother how he NEEDED to read this, and will most likely recommend it to friends who love science f...moreImmediately after finishing this book, I texted my brother how he NEEDED to read this, and will most likely recommend it to friends who love science fiction, video games, and geeky pop culture references. I'm pretty familiar with 80s pop culture but much less so with video games, however, despite all that, I found myself immensely, immensely enjoying this novel. It was a hilarious and fun romp through great characters, unexpected plot twists, and masterful incorporation of all things geeky & 80s & internet-y & pop culture. SO AMAZING.(less)
It doesn't take much prompting to get me to read a book, particularly a book with the promises of thrilling action scenes and (especially!) heart-stut...moreIt doesn't take much prompting to get me to read a book, particularly a book with the promises of thrilling action scenes and (especially!) heart-stuttering romance, which were essentially what my friend guaranteed would be in the book.
I'm a bit torn about this book. I'll be the first one to admit I'm on that Hunger Games bandwagon, trying to get everyone I know to read that series because the writing is so freakin' amazing, the emotional complexity of the characters and the character development was fantastic, and the love triangle went so much more beyond the typical angsty teenage fare (*cough*Twilight*cough*). So, this review is not without a lot of bias. And perhaps the biggest issue with Divergent for me was that while reading the beginning of the novel, I found myself not really buying into the whole premise of factions, which I found harder to believe as something that society would move towards - almost like a painfully simplified, one-note idea struggling to become brilliantly complex.
Overall, I found the writing to be OK, the characters to be OK, and the romance to be OK. However, amongst the consistently OK-ness, there were sparks of brilliance. I had moments of "Oh! I didn't expect that.......... Wow, THAT was gooooood." a few times, especially towards the end of the novel, when things really came together, the plot got exponentially more interesting, and the struggles of the characters were more substantial. As for the romance, there were some cute moments, which brought me back to my pre-romance-novel 15-year-old self, but I kept wishing that everything would just be... More.
That said, I will be going to finish reading this series, because the plot twists of the first one have really captured my imagination, and I feel like Roth can take this series to another level if she keeps improving her writing game & keeping the brilliance more consistent throughout the next two books in the trilogy. There's definitely potential for awesomeness.(less)