Saturday, June 2, 2012
Divergent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
OK, right off the top. Paranormal/Dystopian romances aren't really my thing. I did like Hunger Games, and I've enjoyed a more technical type of Dystopian story, (Partials recently for example).. but Dystopian that are centered on romance are just too goofy for my taste. "Yes, I'm going to die from some horrible disease or zombies or xxx.. but I LOVE you Jake!"
But, Divergent doesn't fall, imho, in that genre. It was a fun read.. a very fast read for me. I was really caught up in the story.. until the end at least.
I really enjoyed the world that Roth created, enjoyed the diversity of the Factions and their interplay.. and the characters were very well written imho. I did, however, find myself not really liking the end part, but I guess every Dystopian has to have an 'evil empire' type entity that the hero has to bravely oppose.
I really loved the way the Hunger Games let the evil entity of the Government play in the background more in the first book, that was, imho, one of it's most brilliant points, and here Roth does that for 90% of the book. It's only when the 'EE' is brought to center stage that the story lagged for me.
Still, a very, very good debut book for someone so young. I just hope the series doesn't nose-dive like Hunger Games did for me.
Stay on the story, not the political agenda PLEASE.. and I'll be happy.
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