Better writing, where were the editors in this book? Or better yet, the author could really benefit from some writing workshops. However, since this series is so popular, the author is probably laughing all the way to the bank. Why improve your craft if horrible writing makes a lot of money?
Terrible writing. I would expect better writing out of a class of advanced high school English / literature students. I don't understand how this is popular. As badly written as Twilight was, at least there was a payoff if you took the book as a romance book. I don't understand the attraction to Christian at all. And the book could be much more tightly written.
The poor narrator did not have much to work with here. The narrator was fine.
Tighten the book up. It takes too long to get going.
Roth can write, which is such a nice dose of fresh air. Haven't gotten to Hunger Games yet, so I can't compare and contrast the two. Roth's phrasing during the opening mirror scene between Beatrice and her mother grabbed me right away. Her phrasing and approach to her characters reminds me George R.R. Martin. Martin and Roth treat her readers like adults and there isn't always a happy ending with characters, and death is not always how we expect it.
The story was quite engaging, I literally had to sit down and stop to listen to hear how the scene with Christina hanging on over the river was going to play out, same with Albert, Tris, and the knifes. Is there a certain level of formula to the story? sure. But it's young adult and fiction. Even one of my favorite series, Dresden Files, gets quite formulaic. But at the end of the day, it's about the characters. And I do want to know what happens with Tris and the others, even the despicable characters. Hope Roth pulls this series off. If she does, she goes to #3 on my fav fiction writer list under Jim Butcher, with George R.R. Martin at the top.
Narrator was fantastic with this story. Onto the next book in the series.
I would have been better served to buy the Kindle version of this book and use the text to speech function. The narration would have been better. The narrator is terrible on this book, very monotone. I would like to give some insight into the content of the book, but no matter how hard I tried to pay attention, the narration blanked out my mind. A total waste of my credit. I wish I could get a refund.
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