So, I had never read this book before. I guess I just always figured that I'd seen the movie plenty of times so I didn't need to read the book. Which...moreSo, I had never read this book before. I guess I just always figured that I'd seen the movie plenty of times so I didn't need to read the book. Which is pretty true; the movie follows the book pretty closely. But I'm glad I finally took the time to read the book. It's a beautiful little story. And the writing! WOW.
I don't think I need to describe the plot at all as I'm sure most people are familiar with it. As a child watching the movie, it always bugged me that Fern took off with Henry Fussy to ride the Ferris wheel instead of hanging out with Wilbur. And it bothered me even more in the book because Fern is only like 8 years old. No 8 year-old girl in her right mind would be that moony over a boy. Please.
But other than that, this is a great book that teaches important lessons about friendship. And it also taught me that I could never live on a farm.(less)
Meh. It was okay. I had some serious issues with this book.
1. If you are going to have two characters trade off telling the story, then they should a...moreMeh. It was okay. I had some serious issues with this book.
1. If you are going to have two characters trade off telling the story, then they should at least have different voices, so that the reader can tell them apart. Yes, I know she tells us at the beginning of each chapter who is telling the story, but let's be honest -- "Tris" and "Tobias" look pretty similar when you are skimming a page. I kid you not, at one point I was at least two pages in to a chapter thinking it was Tris who was speaking, and then it turned out it was Tobias. I had no idea. Writing characters with different voices is not that hard. But Tris and Tobias might as well have been the same person.
2. Wow, that genetically pure vs. genetically damaged thing sure did come out of nowhere! Who cares that the people in the city are on the verge of killing each other? We can talk in vague terms about biologic concepts that very few people understand, so that will allow us to get super-crazy with them. I still don't get how the whole genetically pure vs. genetically damaged thing works. And why are the Divergent genetically pure? I try to figure it out but it just makes my brain hurt because the whole thing makes no logical sense. It's like the author didn't know what to do with the people in the city anymore, so she just made up this whole genetics plot line out of the blue. And you can tell. I'm just not sure what she was trying to do here.
3. ******MAJOR SPOILER******
Tris dies. So does Uriah. And so does the girl who worked in the tattoo parlor (whose name I can't remember right now). (less)
**spoiler alert** So, I read this book in like 3 days, and didn't have time to write a review of it right away. Then I was gone for awhile, then I was...more**spoiler alert** So, I read this book in like 3 days, and didn't have time to write a review of it right away. Then I was gone for awhile, then I was really busy, etc, etc, etc. Now I don't really remember what happened. From reading some of the other reviews, and from talking to a friend about it yesterday, I guess the answer was not a whole lot. I do remember Tris being imprisoned at Erudite headquarters, getting betrayed by her brother... I vaguely remember the battle to oust Jeanine Matthews, and then the whole factionless vs. factions debate at the end.
And what is the deal with Peter? Now there is an interesting character. Maybe Veronica Roth should write a spin-off series about him. Also, is it weird that I was sad when Fernando died?(less)