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Divergent by Veronica Roth
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Apr 15, 2012

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Read from April 08 to 15, 2012

I enjoyed this YA distopia, but I believe I would have enjoyed it more if it hadn't been set in future Chicago. Unlike The Hunger Games, where I accepted that something really crazy happened a really long time ago, and the remnants of America was dealing with that aftermath, I found the Chicago references jarring and that took me out of the narrative. (For example, how did the Picasso statue get into Millennium Park?) If it had been set in a city I hadn't called home, I might have felt differently. I wanted a better sense of this world and how my Chicago came to be this Chicago. And because of that, I wasn't nearly as invested in Tris as I wanted to be.

However, I am sufficiently intrigued by the events that happened in the last quarter of the novel to pick up the next volume.

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Andie So I should have noticed the Chicago skyline at the bottom of the book cover, but since I missed it the random mention of Navy Pier 150 pages in threw me for a loop. (And now I want a map. I'll take that we're in weird, future Chicago -- but I want to know if anything is taking place where I used to live. Clearly I am not in the selfless faction.)

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