First thing I remembered while making this review is that it took me 8 days to finish this book. I don’t review books right after I read them so I’m trying to recall what made me rate this 4 kiss marks and why it took me that long to finish Divergent. Most of my book club friends tell me that this is like The Hunger Games and the ones who recommended this book to me said it’s better than The Hunger Games. I’m not an expert in this genre so I heed advises from my friends who think, breath and walk dystopian.
Divergent is the second dystopian book I read next to THG. My TFG-GR friends introduced me to this genre. Having diverse book friends is awesome because I get to read a lot of books out of my comfort zone. I trust their recommendations and it’s nice to read something new especially at times when I feel I’m reading too much Contemporary YA. A change in genre is a good way to clean up my palate.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Paperback, HarperCollins Children’s Books, 487 pages
Read from February 05 to 13, 2012
It took me a while to get into the story. I find the first part of the book relatively slow. I see that the world building has similarities with THG and that had been a factor why I was not in a hurry to finish reading the book. I somehow got over it when the story started to unfold and I started to appreciate and understand what the factions are for. Dividing the society into five factions based on their behavior/trait is a good idea. Yes, it can still be compared with THG’s 13 districts but I came to an understanding that this book might have something different that wouldn’t scream “THG” from start to finish. So I kept on reading. Veronica Roth has a cunning ability to slowly draw the readers into the story and compel them to keep on reading. Once I got past half of the book, I was hooked.
The characters are okay but I didn’t feel any connection with them. I like Four and Tris, as I said they’re fine, but it was not enough for them to grow on me. The romance between them took time to build up and there is no love triangle in this novel which I truly appreciate. This highly overused plot is so common with YA novels these days that I find it tiresome. Another factor I like in this book is the absence of cliffhangers. I hate series ending with huge cliffhangers. In Divergent, Roth gave the answers to most of the major questions/conflicts in the novel. So you’re only left with the question, “What happens next?”
I enjoyed Divergent. Overall, it was a good read. However, it was not enough for me to go gaga over it. Thus, the 4-kiss mark rating.
Am I divergent? My friends say I’m not. I’m too candor, they said. I was about to comment on it when they quickly added, “Not in Roth’s Candor way. You’re an honest evil person.” I couldn’t agree more—I’m brutally honest—at times to the point of sarcasm. *evil grin*
Book # 22 of 2012
Blurb & Photo Credit: Goodreads
Book Photo: Owned & edited by ShanaTalks
Book Copy: Owned (Gift from Kwesi)