For all the hype, I expected more. I understand why young folks are so captivated by these books, its because they are written for elementary students. I have read better much better. The book was not bad just not worth all the hype. In short very predictable.
The best word for this book is forced. It's well written but style if only part of a book. It is not internally consistent and the societies are too unbelievable and the populations described in the acceptance trials are not consistent with the overall population numbers of each clan. I liked the book enough to finish it but I'm not wasting my money buying the next in the series.
I didn't look at the print version but the audio is very convenient.
The author's explanations of what was going on inside the thoughts of the main characters.
Gallup Strengths: INPUT ~ LEARNER ~ ACHIEVER ~ RESPONSIBILITY ~ DISCIPLINE
Descriptive details help to visually imagine the scenery.
Mother being shot.
An unexpected villain.
It made me think of how judgmental society has become and how it is perceived or can be perceived.
I listened to this story on a drive from SF to LA during the holidays. Right off the bat I knew it wasn't going to be a literary masterpiece and once I just accepted the fact that this is a teen book, I really enjoyed the story line! Yeah, all of the butterflies and googley eyes that were described as the love story made me roll my eyes, but overall it was an interesting and mindless listen.
I will say I did not enjoy the voice of the narrator. I guess she embodied what the character sounded like but man did she sound naive!
History and Communications student at the University of Ottawa. Full time student, full time job, and full time daydreamer.
I was actually dragged to the movie theatre by a friend to watch the movie, and that same evening I didn't go home until I had a copy of the book. Very enjoyable book; interesting story and concept, it wasn't a mushy-gooey love story, it was just right. Unfortunately for me, having seen the movie before reading the book did affect my interpretation of the story, and I found myself comparing the book to the movie a lot (and usually it's the opposite!) Other than that, it was a great book, definitely the best in the trilogy.
Emma Galvin pulled this off very well. The writing and situations were a bit lacking, but she managed to keep me interested.
The author had a great idea for a storyline here but her writing could use a bit more spit and polish, as well as creativity. I felt nearly all of the writing was canned and predictable.
The violence was over the top. It's not that I'm opposed to violence, but it is one example after another of gratuitous violence.
The lack of original thought.
It was a waste of time to read (book club choice) and money.
I'm not a young adult reader, but listened to this story to keep on top of what my niece is reading...she raved about it and loved it...some parts of this story slowed down...the middle of this first book almost got a little boring to me, and, I guess, were appropriate to what teens experience when they start developing feelings for someone. I did feel the author drug that out a bit, but, as I said, I am not the target audience. Once I got to three-quarters of this story, it picked up and kept my interest until the end.
No, I won't be listening to any more stories by this author, but at least I have an idea of how she writes, geared to young adult readers, and that's OK with me--if they like her, and it encourages them to read more, I'm all for it.
I did like the voice of the narrator...her voice lent itself well to this type of story and fictional time period.
Yes, the descriptions and characters are engaging. Another example of a society which somewhat reminded me of the giver. The narration is wonderful and I found myself relating to the characters and trying to figure out where I would fit.
It reminds me of The Giver in some ways because of the different roles and ceremonies. It also reminds me of The Hunger Games because of the action and the strong female character and the emphasis on using physical confrontation for elimination.
She brings a youthful voice that makes the character come to life. Her expression and emotion kept my attention.
I definitely stayed up in the wee hours of the morning listening because it seemed like there were no clear stopping points.
This book definitely had an ending that kept you wanting more.