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Did it really take four hundred pages to get to the crux of the story? And it's only going to take about one-twelfth of them to resolve this novel? This boggles my noodle.
May 10, 2012 03:04AM
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Wow, Tobias, way to be a dick.
May 09, 2012 05:45PM
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The story is dragging.
May 09, 2012 12:42PM
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Andrea is on page 157 of 487
Who needs sleep when you've got a good book? And what the hell is up with Four being all touchy-feely with Tris? No, I already know. LOOOOVE.
May 09, 2012 03:37AM
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Andrea
Andrea is on page 69 of 487
Yes, I've jumped onto the bandwagon. The story is good so far...let's see if it holds throughout the novel.
May 09, 2012 02:39AM
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Marina This is how I felt when I got there. I was like, wait, so you spend 2/3 of the book educating her, and then, boom conflict.


Andrea Exactly! It feels like we were just getting to know all about Dauntless and then BAM! somewhat secret government overthrow! The transition took too long. Maybe she did this on purpose to segue into the sequel. I don't know. I'll see. The story is still pretty good.


Marina Andrea wrote: "Exactly! It feels like we were just getting to know all about Dauntless and then BAM! somewhat secret government overthrow! The transition took too long. Maybe she did this on purpose to segue into..."

I had a problem with the world building in general, I think it's way to simplistic to survive even as long as it did. And there were hints of unrest in the book, but still, I didn't like it. As for sequels, I feel like every YA book now comes in sets of three. It's like, does it have to be a series?


Andrea The serializing of YA books irks me, too. These authors can condense most of the material into one book or two at the most, but these trilogies and series of books is just ridiculous. I get that they want to make money, but they're just killing trees now.


Marina Andrea wrote: "The serializing of YA books irks me, too. These authors can condense most of the material into one book or two at the most, but these trilogies and series of books is just ridiculous. I get that th..."

But from what I know, most sequels don't get approved or bought right away, it all depends on how the first book does. So it would suck if the publishers decided not to go with the sequel and you had an open ended, very poorly wrapped up novel.


Nora JUMPING INTO THE CONVO:
The thing about serial YA is that in some cases, it's done well -- situations in which each book contains its own complete plot AS WELL AS implying a larger story (Hunger Games is the best contemporary YA example to come to mind), in which each book builds on the previous, can be fabulous; and personally, I always prefer a series to a solo book because it's more immersing.
However, when they take a solo book and stretch it out into a series? Not cool, writers/editors/publishers.
And I really ought to actually READ Divergent before I start forming opinions of it...


Marina Divergent, for me at least, is very open ended since the conflict starts up very late. So while it is somewhat over for the main character, so yeah, it completes one plot, but unlike Hunger Games (which can stand on it's own), Divergent is on shaky ground because the larger story begins playing out in the first book, instead of simply being hinted at like in the Hunger Games.


message 1: by Andrea (last edited May 11, 2012 11:38PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Andrea Yessss. I think the larger story arc was brought into play much too soon. This could be a good thing, though. Maybe Roth will make the larger story arc extremely complex and that will lead into the last novel (like The Hunger Games. I feel sort of bad that all these dystopian novels are being compared to THG, but it's so good). I'm trying not to set my hopes up too high for Insurgent because I don't want to be disappointed.

Continuing the conversation on serialized YA novels: I agree that when they're done well, I love them. However, I think it's a skill to be gained to be able to do so. I shouldn't be so judge-y, though, because it can't be easy to come up with a larger story arc complex enough to stretch into several novels while simultaneously coming up with an individual plot for each novel and make them both work for the length of the series. Divergent does an alright job of encompassing both, but it could have been stronger.

Nora wrote: "And I really ought to actually READ Divergent before I start forming opinions of it..."

Read it before they become any more concrete! No book can be absolutely perfect, but this one is mostly worthy of its hype.


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