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message 1: by Rollie (new)

Rollie nagulat ako at binabasa mo na. haha

message 2: by K.D. (last edited Oct 22, 2011 05:35PM) (new)

K.D. Absolutely I just started last night. I was not able to continue. Stopped on page 6. Thought that it was very similar to The Hunger Games.

message 3: by Karl-O (new)

Karl-O Will be waiting for your review of this!

message 4: by C.J. (new)

C.J. Edmunds Ebook on my Tab but haven't started it yet. Pati Hunger Games andun din. Haha

message 5: by Edil (new)

Edil will watch out for your review! :)

message 6: by Evan (new)

Evan Bravo for reading something outside your comfort zone. Better you than me in this case.

message 7: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Thanks for the congratulations, Evan.

SubterraneanCatalyst Good review but I disagree with your assessment that dystopian has only appealed to males in the past. Idk- I've just known a lot of women including myself that grew up reading dystopian books as young girls.

message 9: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely I understand. I think you and your many friends are still the exceptions. At least in our country, Subterraneancatalyst.

SubterraneanCatalyst I'll give you that LOL. Admittedly for example I grew up on a steady diet of science fiction, it's "rarer" as a girl to do that I suppose, here in the USA and I'll venture to guess the same in the Philippines.

message 11: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely My 16-y/o daughter prefers reading Isaac Asimov's works than say reading Nicholas Sparks so I can understand where you are coming from.

She said that they (sci-fi readers) are in the minority.

message 12: by Rollie (new)

Rollie Natawa ako! haha. Pangalan ko pa nakalagay. If originality will be the main issue here, I dare say that HG is not even original in the first place. There are two books which unfortunately I forgot the titles, that considered also by most readers as books Collins has taken the HG's idea from.

And about the romance, yes I very much agree with you. Never expect a book without love story when the author is female. haha.
haha. Nice honest review.

message 13: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely The Lord of the Flies? I mentioned it above.

message 14: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely YOU recommended this to us through the monthly book read.

message 15: by Rollie (new)

Rollie I forgot kasi nakipag-away pa ako dati para sa HG. haha. Hanapin ko mamaya. Haha.

message 16: by Arizel紫 (new)

Arizel紫 Ouch. Harsh. But I totally agree with the 3rd explanation. Oo nga no..

message 17: by P-eggy (new)

P-eggy SubterraneanCatalyst wrote: "Good review but I disagree with your assessment that dystopian has only appealed to males in the past. Idk- I've just known a lot of women including myself that grew up reading dystopian books as y..."

This is where I'm at as well.

message 18: by Maria (new)

Maria hahaha! so talagang special mention pa ko. LOL. don't worry, KD :) too bad u did not like it. you know i love THG trilogy as well, but i did not find myself comparing them, finding one lacking and/or superior over the other. oh well. :) oh yes, Four is still mine! so what if i'm being girly? :) i looove romance no matter what genre a book belong to. and yes, i cannot hate you for this! 1 book lang, pero pag naka-10 kang dislike sa mga fave books ko, baka magka-problema tayo :| hahaha! buti na lang hiniram mo lang ung book at d ka bumili db? ;) so LET'S MOVE ON!

message 19: by Alibiserver (new)

Alibiserver You convinced me not to buy the book :P

message 20: by Aaron Vincent (new)

Aaron Vincent Zing! This is why Ender's Game should have won in our monthly read poll.

message 21: by Rollie (last edited Oct 31, 2011 06:35AM) (new)

Rollie Ender's Game will be the group read for December but I still doubt KD will like it since he has jumped reading the sixth book. :D

message 22: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Rollie: I think I will like 'Ender's Game'. There is no romance there and the plot is plausible.

Maria: Thanks. Yes, let's move on.

Alibiserver: Yes... or maybe wait for this book to show up at BS. No need to spend P400+ for this book.

message 23: by Rollie (new)

Rollie KD: You're just beginning to become the former me who hated love story in the book. :D However, I don't really hate love stories. Just picking the book that won't gross me out with too-cheesy-to-be-executed-in-reality lines. 'And so the lion fell in love with lamb'? Slash my throat please.

message 24: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Rollie: I don't hate love stories. I hate romance. There's a big difference between the two.

message 25: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Ok this one goes to the back of my list seeing as I already have it :-)
Not a bought copy - found in the compound library - maybe I should just return it then !

message 26: by mark (new)

mark monday great review!

message 27: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Sharon: Yes, please give it back. I saw you reading "Knife of Never Letting Go". I read the first book of that. It is far better. Far, far better.

Mark: Thanks!

message 28: by Veneficus (new)

Veneficus Excellent review! Dahil d'yan, balak Ko na rin basahin ang mga classic dystopian novels na binanggit mo, K.D. :D

message 29: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Sige, Veneficus. Para ma-compare mo rin. Mayroon din naman magagandang bago at pangit na dati. :)

message 30: by Danijela (new)

Danijela Jelicic Thank you for putting into words how I basically feel about this book

message 31: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely You're welcome, Danijela. :)

message 32: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich This is a good, honest review. I saw this had won the GR best book of the year award and clicked on it since I hadn't heard of it. I'm glad your review held up a large STOP sign for this novel. It's a shame novels like this that are written for, as you said "young girls", get read by a vast audience - including adults, when there are far better written and headier novels that could have satisfied better. I had some good laughs reading this as you basically told readers to stop kidding themselves that this was good ha.

message 33: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely S. Penkevich: This only proves that many voters are are younger, a lot younger than me and this is their type of book. I suspect that there are also more young girls than young boys in this site. I can live with those ha ha. I did not vote, BTW. This is all about popularity contest and not in anyway literary.

I am still to read "1Q84" but my recent reads by Murakami did not impress me compared to his first few books so I think I will wait for the paperback edition of this book. The hardbound one is very expensive here in the Phils (P950 or $24).

Thanks for the like.

message 34: by Fleur (new)

Fleur Well to each his own...

message 35: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Oh yes, Pansy. Thanks for the understanding.

message 36: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Patrick: I wonder too. Thanks!

message 37: by Aaron Vincent (new)

Aaron Vincent How about Unwind? I think that's a good YA dystopia book.

message 38: by Megan (new)

Megan Fermo Hi. I agree with nearly everything you stated in this review. But I have to ask, why is it wrong for some male readers specifically, obviously young, to say "this is awesome!, this is the best book i've ever read. ever." What does being male have to do with anything? Is it so wrong in your eyes for boys to enjoy books like Divergent? Divergent may be a horribly flat book but gender has nothing to do with it.

"So, if you are a girl, DON'T KID YOURSELF that you enjoyed the killing here just like how the young male readers would have enjoyed it."

I'm a sixteen year old girl, and I've read George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, and Huxley (I don't see how you can hold Brave New World among those two). What are you implying? That just because there's romance in the book, that's probably the only reason girls would like it? That all the action scenes and guns and fighting and probably even the plot is second to reading how Tris and Four so wishes to kiss like the shallow-thinkers they are? Although I hated it myself, my sister loves this book. Not for the romance, that's second, she loves that there's a lot of action. Just like Hunger Games, she told me. People ought to stop this sort of thinking. Stereotyping always gets on my skin. Not ALL girls live for romance, and not ALL boys live to get to use a gun.

Also? "....Divergent, by yet another female American writer..." I'm not American. Not American in any way whatsoever. But stupidity isn't limited to one nationality, or one gender. There are a lot of shallow and stupid writers from where I come from as well. Know how I cope? I just don't read very much of books written here, if any. If learning that the author is "yet another young female American" annoys you or triggers the wary part of you, then I suggest you just avoid reading books written by them.

"Strike while the iron is hot." Its like you're implying that she only did it for the money.

I'm not asking that you tweak out your review, because you have every right to put whatever you want in your reviews.I didn't enjoy Divergent as well, but I don't drag unnecessary 'reasons' into things. I just needed to take this off my chest. Thanks.

message 39: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Thanks, Megan. :)

message 40: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Oledan lutang na lutang po yung 1-star rating niyo ah-- which what made me read your entire comment. :D. Hindi ko pa po nababasa ang book na ito, pero dahil na-curious ako sa comment mo, babasahin ko na talaga! hahaha :D

message 41: by Ndari (new)

Ndari You just compiled the words I've been meaning to say about tnis book into this review. Thank you. :)
I am a fan of dystopian novels--Fahrenheit 451 and 1984 are my favorite books of all time--and I now see that dystopian has become a trend. What I don't like about it is how they turn dystopian novels into some sappy dramatical romance WITH dystopian plot, not the other way around. How the ass-kicking heroines become damsels in distress waiting for their princes to save them is just bleh to me. I think I'll stick with the good ol adult dystopian, thankyouverymuch.
But that's just me :) maybe someone can suggest me a good YA dystopian novel(s)? So far I've read HG trilogy (liked it), Chaos Walking trilogy (liked it), Feed by MT Anderson (liked it), and this book (blergh).

message 42: by Ben (new)

Ben hi kd, im currently reading this book. we have the same initial feeling that this book is HG in a another form. but i'll still give it a shot.

i like your review.

message 43: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Ndari, have you read "Unwind"? It's nice. But of course, I read very few dystopian YA so that's the only thing that I can recommend to you.

Ben, thanks.!

message 44: by Fleur (new)

Fleur to each his own...

message 45: by Rhisa (new)

Rhisa Rey Hindi ko rin matapos-tapos to. Hahaha. Nasimulan ko na to months ago and I stopped reading. Pero, itatry ko ulit itong basahin. LOL

message 46: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Pansy, that's right. Thanks.

Rhisa, sayang naman.

message 47: by Rhisa (new)

Rhisa Rey I don't know why, Kuya. Just like THG, hindi ako masyadong na-hook dito. Once kasi mayroon akong nagustuhan na libro, hindi maaaring hindi ko tatapusin kahit gaano pa siya kakapal. But THG and this one is out of those lists. Ay, ewan ko. Maybe I'll give it a try again.

message 48: by Princess De Leon (new)

Princess De Leon You are probably the only person I've met who doesn't love Divergent, and I still love your review! Really well explained, it's beautiful.I haven't exactly read the book yet, (still sitting in my bookshelf waiting to be read) but I'm still planning to. I'm not really interested with romance novels (yes, sometimes I even hate it, guilty as charged) so it's hard for me to start reading this book. :P

message 49: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Rhisa, do try again. Those books are written for young people like you.

Thank you, ShAdOwBrEaK! Wow, I was able to type your name! :)

message 50: by Rhisa (new)

Rhisa Rey I really hope so Mr. K.D., I really want to. I let my officemate borrow it from me and she really enjoyed reading it. I'm really startled when she said that she'll read the second installment. I don't know why? Maybe this book is really not for me. Well, I'll take chances. That wouldn't hurt me. :)

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