Gone pulls you in right away, from the very first page. No, from the very first sentence. One thing I particularly liked about this book, is that there’s not a lot of romance. Maybe it’s because the characters are so young, or because there’s so much going on, but I actually kind of liked the lack of romance in this story. Though I hope there will be more romance as the series progresses, and the characters mature.
The book is told from third person point of view, and it switches perspectives between Sam, the main character, and several of the other characters. I don’t usually like third person POV very much, but in this book it’s just fitting.
Let’s talk about characters! Sam is probably the most important main character. He becomes kind of like the leader of all the kids, because this one time, he saved a bunch of school kids from a bus accident and now they all count on him to be the hero again. Then there’s Astrid, his (kind of) love interest (but that doesn’t develop much until later in the series), who is like, superhot and blond but also a genius. With two other guys, Quinn and Edilio, they form a group of friends. The ‘bad guys’ in this book are Drake, Caine, and Diana, who are from Coates Academy—this school for troubled kids, up in the hills. We also get to read from their perspective, which makes you realise that they are also just kids who go to a different school and make some bad choices, not like, super evil monster people or something.
This book had been sitting on my shelf for a while, and I just didn’t get around to reading it. I was hesitant because of the size (so many pages!), but I’m glad I picked it up eventually. The huge amount of pages didn’t bother me at all, because it’s fast-paced, surprising, and there’s always something going on.
If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be NOPE. If you like rage reviews, this post is for you.
I expected a fun, quick read and got something that was all over the place and total shit. The ‘mystery’ was solved in less than a hundred pages and for the rest of the book she just kind of sat there being whiny about not knowing every aspect of her parents’ life.
I’m all for male authors writing female characters and female authors writing male characters, but you can definitely tell that Luna was written by a male author. She was an incredibly annoying character to read from: she was immature, whiny, a bit arrogant at times. It felt like the author took all the things he knew of as stereotypically teenage girl things and put them into this one character.
I also find it hard to believe all the opportunities Luna gets, even with how privileged she is (daughter of a model and a director, lives in NYC). Her own gallery show? Basically BFFs with a twenty-something (thirty maybe?) supermodel? Casually goes on a trip to Italy and Paris? Had one conversation with Drew Barrymore and then she came to her photography show? Orlando Bloom stayed at her house for weeks because he is besties with her dad? Yeah, no.
The love interest idea was cute, but could’ve been done so much better. Boy-next-door Oliver lacked personality and depth. The conflict between our main character and the love interest was stupid and made no sense. Oh, and did I mention that she loooooves him? Even when she barely knows two things about him? I am 200% DONE with this book.
Because it was so terrible, I wasted THREE AND A HALF DAYS on it. (That’s a lot of time wasted when you’re doing a read-a-thon.)
I had very high expectations for this book, because everyone has been raving about it ever since it came out, and it did not disappoint at all. I was blown away. I can’t believe I didn’t pick this up sooner. I’m really impressed by Veronica Roth for writing such a fast-paced, constantly interesting, overall great book as a debut author.
I don’t want to go into it too much, because I hadn’t researched it much before reading it and I liked going into the story without knowing anything that’s not in the synopsis on the back.
One thing that annoyed me: in the beginning of the book, I had a hard time remembering all the different factions and what they stood for, so I constantly had to go back to the page where it was explained. After a while, you get used to it and learn to remember what is what. And that is the ONE AND ONLY flaw this book has. Except that it ends. That sucks too.
Oh, and remember when I said that A Million Suns was now my favourite book of 2012 (so far)? Well, it is Divergent now. And my favourite book of the year doesn’t usually change quickly. THAT SAYS A LOT, OKAY.
Divergent was super exciting, fantastic, jaw-dropping amazing. ...more