Not bad. Some world-building issues and the usual absent parenting of a modern YA Dystopia but I enjoyed the premise and Shay. Ahh, Shay. <3 Why diNot bad. Some world-building issues and the usual absent parenting of a modern YA Dystopia but I enjoyed the premise and Shay. Ahh, Shay. <3 Why did you have to SPOILER. ...more
Ahh, Divergent. I really wanted to read this book; the hype was huge, the cover is gorgeous, the plot syno(I would actually go 3.5 here, if I could!)
Ahh, Divergent. I really wanted to read this book; the hype was huge, the cover is gorgeous, the plot synopsis has all the things I look for in a book. Unfortunately the hype fell a little flat for me. I did enjoy it; and I did finish it. I will say it got better towards the end. Most of the things that bothered me weren't real problems with the prose or book.
I like a lot of world-building exposition, which there wasn't in Divergent. You're left wondering why things are as they are and what the heck (view spoiler)[ is going on in the government, how the people of Chicago decided to split up into factions that promote one virtue at the expense of everything else, with Tris's parents (at least who they were before they were married and had kids), and with the rest of the world outside Chicago.
One of the great things about the book was the fact that the villains were easy to hate. I say "villain" but in reality they are more complex than just being evil. Jeanine was about the least developed in my mind, and her Erudite actions were taken at face value. Tris herself seemed almost non-emotive at times but I think it fits with her character. She's trying to be brave and strong and not cowardly; it makes sense to me that she would be suppressing most of her emotions in order to do so. (hide spoiler)]
This takes us to the things I didn't like; mostly personal preference. Abnegation seemed to me as very Christianity-oriented, even though Tris herself says in the beginning that not all Abnegation families believe in God. (view spoiler)[ The foot washing, which is the final thing initiates must do before becoming full members, the symbol of upturned hands, the fact that even though Tris hardly EVER mentions God or Faith she states it's perfectly normal to think of God when you're about to die - not for those of us who aren't Christian. (hide spoiler)]
There are some little inconsistencies that bothered me too, (view spoiler)[ Tris' tattoos never bother her, not even slightly itchy, even though the story is only in the frame of a couple months (weeks? Not sure), the love story was a little contrived; I didn't feel like there was much to like about Four until after Tris was accepted into the Dauntless. I want more than hotness and for all his selflessness and sticking up for her, he still did it in an assholeish way. I realize much of the time he was doing this because of Eric or the Dauntless leaders but it doesn't mean I have to like it. :P (hide spoiler)]
I'm happy Tris mentioned that bullying is cowardly. A lot of what I liked about the book dealt with how each person can see virtue in a different way - How the definition of Bravery changed (view spoiler)[ because of who was in charge of the Dauntless. (hide spoiler)] What exactly is bravery, anyway?
I am definitely going to read Insurgent. I want to know more about this world, about Tris and what's going to happen to her. (view spoiler)[ I'd like to know what Tris has against intelligence and learning. I'm hoping it's just indoctrination on Tris' part because that seems likely with the Abnegation and Erudite being at odds. Sometimes this part of the conflict reminds me of certain American Politicians who complain about the "Intelligent Elite" and I'm hoping it doesn't go further in that direction. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I had to jump on the wagon and see what all the fuss was about. As with any story - there were things I liked and things that annoyed me, but all in aI had to jump on the wagon and see what all the fuss was about. As with any story - there were things I liked and things that annoyed me, but all in all once it picked up things were interesting and kept me piqued.