Tuesday, July 12, 2011
By Veronica Roth
Source I own it
There is one mirror in my house.
Argh, I can't even be bothered. This book had 80 pages of story and 400 pages of mindless, flashy violence with no purpose other than to sell books. Or something like that.
As you can probably guess, I did NOT like this one. I don't want to influence your opinion or spoil anything for you so you might not want to read on. I can't complain properly without giving away some things. First off, nothing, and I mean nothing, happens for 400 pages. The whole thing felt like filler; mind numbing violent filler. I mean, obviously we know the books supposed to be about Divergent and what that means, but it doesn't really even come into play till the last part of the book. So as I dragged my way through pages and pages of crying, (oh, but Tris never cries. Whatever) throwing up and "oh, boo hoo. Am I a self depracating loser or a adrenalin junkie?" and then Finally things started to happen. Started happening so fast that it became incredibly sloppy, rushed writing. For example: page 268, Tris "luckily" hits the guard in the shooting arm. Really? That lucky, huh? And then people start ducking bullets. You can't duck bullets! Furthermore, Tris got shot in the freaking shoulder and she's running around like she's perfectly fine even after she breaks her stitches. Whatever! And the "important" deaths? I felt like the author just threw them in to pull at our heartstrings but they were so rushed and Tris didn't seem to care so why the hell should I? And one last thing, I was bothered that at the family visiting day Tris figures out that her mother used to be Dauntless and her mother knew she was Divergent and yet, at the end of the book it's like that conversation had never happened. Did the author forget about it, did the editor miss it, or was I just supposed to be so caught up in the action at the end that I overlooked that little tid bit? Sorry, this one just wasn't for me. Just because it's dystopian and "action" packed doesn't mean I should just accept all the unbelievable crap thrown at me.
Nope, not going to waste my time talking about characters I didn't like or care about. I can't like people that duck bullets. Well, that drunk factionless guy at the beginning had some mystery and depth to him. I'd like to get to know him better. ;)
Would I recommend it?
I know everyone else likes it so far and you're probably going to read it anyway, but just remember, I warned you.