by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Release Date: May 3, 2011
by Katherine Tegen Books (an imprint of Harper)
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I really wanted to love this book. I really tried to love this book. I just couldn’t. And I really wish I could. I just had too many issues with it, the first being that there was no world-building or explaining whatsoever. Roth talked about the factions in the beginning, but didn’t explain why there were factions. She didn’t explain what happened to make the society what it was, didn’t describe the setting, just went right into the book. She didn’t even explain why Tris had to go through training! I mean, you figure it out at the end of the book, but for the rest of it before you are completely clueless. The writing, for me, was okay. I didn’t really like the story line or the staging because it was all very obvious and lucky. The romance was also very poorly done, in my opinion, and kind of annoying. Even the ending was annoying. Have you guys seen the movie Hanna? Cuz I was getting flashbacks of that movie the entire ending. I didn’t like how dramatic it was.
Also, none of the action/fight scenes were very well done in this book. The one thing that I did like about this book, though, was the beginning, and also the fact that Roth wasn’t afraid to do the unthinkable (like killing some *cough* characters). Since you all have probably read this book, I think you know what I mean.
My really big problem with this book were the characters. I absolutely hated Tris. There wasn’t really any character development of any of the characters, but Roth at least had a go with Tris, and I know she intended Tris to come across as independent and strong, but instead she came across as arrogant and kind of a bitch.
Here are some examples of Tris’s bitchyness:
See? Not only is she being a total snob, but she thinks that, just because this guy is big and strong, he shouldn’t cry. What? WHAT? And wait, it gets better.
Okay Tris we get it. You're above everybody, better than everybody, stronger than everybody, and everyone needs to come to kiss your feet.
And Tris wasn’t the only character I didn’t really like. Four was there too. He wasn’t a particularly appealing, sexy character; he was kind of just there. Roth didn’t really develop him or give him any personality.
This idea is really so, so good, and I’m so sad that I didn’t like this book, especially since everyone else has. There was just too much wrong with this book that I couldn’t pass up. But I will go check out the movie.
And yes, I do realize that it is kind of pointless to post this review because I will probably not get any comments actually agreeing with me because everyone else has loved this book. I get that, but I still wanted to put this out there.
1.5 pink flowers