I would not recommend this book to a friend. The narrative bothered me. Some of the language was beautiful, but Tris explored and contemplated EVERYTHING. The naiveté of her character was so above and beyond the average teenagers I can see why the antagonists were frustrated seeing her succeed.
Thinking about the different “factions” or human virtues (brave, selfless, kind, intelligence, honesty) portrayed in the book. Special “Divergent”, multi-virtuous Tris, is not very quick on the uptake of anything. While I patiently waited through narratives of Tris trying figure out what she was looking at or what was happening to her, my mind would drift and wait for her light bulb to turn on. It allowed me to think about this faction-governed world. I like the very kid friendly outline of common issues that incite war, murder, and manipulation tactics used by leaders to control the governed. I like Roth’s exploration of kill or be killed verses pacifist ideals, but I thought she had an axe to grind when she painted the pursuit of knowledge as selfish and goal oriented.
Where her friend Christina hold's on for dear life while dangling over a cavern.
Sure, but I don't plan on reading the follow on books.
The ending, it’s a little gross and it made me wonder if I would behave in such a way during my grieving process.
I have and I will! :)
Just give a little more away in the story. It just seemed so little. Nothing seemed to be so bad. Yes, some of what I thought of came later (in the 2nd book) and it was great. I just felt like there was nothing to look forward to in the first book.
Amazing. She can't go wrong reading this series! :)
It's been done.
Power through this. I watched the movie first. Big mistake. Just make sure you keep going. Just got done with the 2nd book!! Haven't gotten the 3rd in the series yet, but I'm going to! :)
I have tried a lot of series books and haven't been able to come across ones I have loved as much as this one. The world created and the characters created are so wonderful that you wont be able to stop listening. The movie does not do justice to this book.
Believable characters would have been a good start. The way people reacted to situations in the book was unreal. Tris swings from lovey, dovey, breathing Four's air to an evil witch demon in less than a paragraph. She acts more like 12 than 17.
Smarter characters would also have helped. They just acted dumb most of the time.
Not everyone runs around smelling everything, and hearing about how his cloths smelled of sweat and flowers really is disgusting. Breathing peoples air is also kinda gross.
All of the characters were about the same.
Annoyance. I finished Divergent and gave up on allegiant half way through. I feel like I wasted my time and my money.
Don't bother with this series. Just go read the plot summaries online. You seriously won't miss a thing, unless you like infantile mood swings.
No - this is still a genre I love.
The book was ok, but not nearly worth the excitement. The concept in interesting, if somewhat familiar, and I loved that it was set in a sort of post-apocalyptic Chicago, but I didn't think it was well thought-out enough to carry the book, let alone two sequels.
I'd give this contrived piece of trash a half point if I could. It's awful...trite...poorly written...weak premise...poorly read...and an embarrassment to writers. Don't buy this one and, whatever you do, don't even consider a sequel!
No, I am sick to death of vapid, obnoxiously niave, cardboard personality girls who supposedly have something "Special" about them that hurls them into these swiss cheese plots in these utterly ludicrous worlds.
If you are referring to the mindless teenage girls who become the saviors of their people by accidentally getting numerous people killed because she is far too stupid to pay attention to what is going on around her....YES, yes I am.
Not a fan.
Exhaustion. Complete and utter exhaustion.
Why are these types of stories so popular with the American public (and girls/women in general)? It's like eating popcorn made with packing peanuts.