Okay. So, yes, the hardback cover may be misleading (it actually doesn't have that much romance in it - so don't hope and wait for it the entire durat...moreOkay. So, yes, the hardback cover may be misleading (it actually doesn't have that much romance in it - so don't hope and wait for it the entire duration of the book,) and it may start off very slow, and you may even, like me, consider abandoning it.
But I didn't, and I'm glad. So you better not.
Maybe it deserves four stars because it started slow, or because of some unanswered questions that I would really, really like to know the answer to.
But because of the way it made me feel when I read the last page, the triumph and happiness and anticipation for the next book, I gave it five stars.
One of my closest friends (who, according to Goodreads has 89% similar taste as me in books), and my sister both read this book and were dissapointed by what they found. So if you do read this, just know not to expect a lot of romance. I think because they told me that may be the reason I enjoyed it more.
I loved the dystopian element to it, of course.
Many things in this book are bittersweet, but the ending holds surprise after surprise. Even though there were some things that were quite predictable as you continued to read but before they were revealed, there were always more hidden secrets that made the obvious conclusion even more enjoyable.
My ONE issue with this book: They are in space. They have been in space for hundreds of years. WHY IS THERE GRAVITY?!?!?!?!?!
Maybe it's just something in the way the ship was built. But I would have liked to have been told that. And the strong female lead, Amy, is smart. And I got mad at her after she never even thought to ask why things aren't floating around if they are IN.SPACE.
But I loved this book. (Hate the paperback cover, though.)
As good as Matched? No. But what did you expect? The second of a series, trilogies especially, are hardly ever what we want them to be. More than anyt...moreAs good as Matched? No. But what did you expect? The second of a series, trilogies especially, are hardly ever what we want them to be. More than anything else, they are the bridge between the beatiful beginning and the beautiful end.
One thing I do have to say about this book was that it was filled to the brim with good life quotes that I thoroughly enjoyed. It had a lot of symbolism and deeper meaning that nearly every YA read is lacking.
I also LOVE the other things that the readers might not think about as much. The tablets: Green, Blue, Red.
Book Covers: Green, Blue, Red. (Yes, the third is slated to be red.)
I love the way the green Matched cover shows she's calm, like the tablet, accpeting the Society without question. Crossed, the cover shows she's breaking out, rebelling. Crossing out what she's always known and forging her own path.
I'm thrilled to see what the next book will look like and will be titled. I hope they continue to 'match' so perfectly.
Side note: I always thought Cassia was pronounced the way it was spelled. "Cass-sea-uh." I watched an interview with the author. Apparently it's "Cash-uh." I'm growing to love the new pronunciation.(less)
Many people seem to not like sequels as much as the first book. I, for one, am not one of those people. For one thing, you've already gotten to know t...moreMany people seem to not like sequels as much as the first book. I, for one, am not one of those people. For one thing, you've already gotten to know the characters, you know what to expect from them. You don't have to figure them out. You have a starting point, prior knowledge.
But just because I already knew and loved Katniss and Peeta is not the only reason I LOVED this book, possibly more than the first.
This book went fast, fast, fast. I barely had time to catch my breath. My mom laughed because she'd walk by my room at one point and I'd be grinning wildly. Other times I was slamming the book in frusteration. (Though that does NOT mean I didn't like it. Quite the opposite.) Taking shocking turns with each chapter cliffhanger, this book sure keeps you on your toes. And it's non-stop action, and it is so beautifully written.
It has become clear that dystopians are some of my favorite books. My four favorite series: The Hunger Games, Delirium, Matched, and now Divergent! I c...moreIt has become clear that dystopians are some of my favorite books. My four favorite series: The Hunger Games, Delirium, Matched, and now Divergent! I cannot believe this is Veronica Roth's first book and that within a short amount of time after being released, it is already gaining so much love and respect. Everyone who reads has heard about Divergent by now. I was afraid that this book would not be able to live up to all its hype - but trust me, it did. Just a few of the things I have to say.... 1) This needs to be a movie. And not a cheesy movie. A real, "this-totally-follows-the-book" movie. 2) The girl's name is Tris. How cool is that? 3) The boy, Four, is totally swoon-worthy and makes the book 10x better. 4) Dystopian. Need I say more? 5) I am already anxiously twiddling my thumbs waiting for the second book.(less)
I had heard SO much fuss over this book, so I was really anticipating reading it. At first, yes it was good. There was a dry spell in the middle, tho...more I had heard SO much fuss over this book, so I was really anticipating reading it. At first, yes it was good. There was a dry spell in the middle, though I like to attribute that to the fact that I could not read that section without getting distracted. Anyhow. Once I got to a certain part (which I will not say which part for anyone who hasn't read it,) it picked up! And I fell in love! I started to really enjoy it at that point, and I was not able to put the book down. And I must say, Peeta is on my list of fictional characters I am hopelessly in love with. (less)
This reminded me very much of The Bachelor. But I love the Bachelor. So I loved this book! The cover is to die for, I have no idea how Ms. Cass snagge...moreThis reminded me very much of The Bachelor. But I love the Bachelor. So I loved this book! The cover is to die for, I have no idea how Ms. Cass snagged such a gorgeous cover. Quick read, so even if you're unsure of it, go for it!(less)