The story is cliche but decent. My main problem is with the voice actress, she is very monotone, uses the same basic voice for all of the characters, and has too old of a voice to be playing a 16 year old
The story is compelling but some of it just doesn't add up. Like they tell the main character that if she does to well on a certain test, they will know that she has a certain ability. Then she turns around and does better than anyone by a huge margin and she is happy and everyone is congratulating her! What? Anyway the movie did a better job of demonstrating how she needed to hide her ability.
There were times a questioned trice's insight and was like "come on now" but overall I looked forward to hearing more every time I got into the car.
It's very much keeping in the theme of any YA book. Some confused girl bumbling around yet somehow managing to be adequate, then her hormones take off and she moons over the capable older guy. While a couple not-too-interesting challenges arise, the personality of the main character is never built upon, because she has ZERO personality or anything interesting about her to begin with.
I somehow managed to listen to the whole book. I'm surprised I didn't ditch this book like a bad habit, but when it was over I had NO desire to continue the series to find out what happened.
Let me start by saying I know this falls under YA and I am not so YA anymore. That said, it was an enjoyable book overall. Here are my details. What started out as a narration style that nearly grinded my interest to a halt, I ended up being OK with it as I allowed myself to realize she was going for the plain teen who is confounded by much. As someone who involuntarily fixates on things, I found the many, slightly varying, pronunciations of "Erudite" pulling me out of the story. Though I did appreciate the smooth delivery and elevation in tone and speed when necessary. For this story, I am more interested in the societal structure, the pieces that make it up, and the history than what I felt was a poorly expressed or displayed romance. This may be considered a *SPOILER*: How did she not know who Four was when he's only two years older? It seemed like mostly everyone knew everyone else in their own factions. Again, overall a good story despite my nitpicking.