I normally love Nicholas Sparks book but this one was only so so. On the plus side, I really enjoyed the narrator's voice. She did a great job with the different characters. On the minus side, this book was predictable with a twist at the end that I really didn't care for. The Lucky One by Nicholas Spark touches on the same issue from a different perspective in a more interesting and creative way.
I was very surprised to find I liked this novel better than The Hunger Games. The manipulation of people is similar but I liked the fact that Tris was a fighter and was not afraid to be herself. The premise of the book was different too, although it had fighting and challenges, it was not the same arena style games that seem to be the theme in so many of dystopian books. I also ended up feeling like I knew Tris and 8 and understood why they were who they were. This author is amazing and I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.
I thought the premise of the story was fascinating but the book ended up being one long introduction without much of a plot. Near the end of the book, I understood why the separate stories in China and with the apes were brought up, but it was such a long road to get to minor points in the book. All in all, this book felt like one very long, tedious introduction. Although the performances were good, it did not save the story. I would guess (hope) that the next two books have more of a plot and storyline, but I'm just not willing to spend my money or time on them.
Having read the first book, I was hoping this book would start off with a reconciliation but instead the next daughter born in this line of women was abused physically and emotionally, by friends, parents and clergy. If it was a physical book I would have thrown in against a wall after reading the first 1/3. Things get slighter better until a confrontation near the end when everything is tied up in a neat, tidy bow. I felt the extremes were unrealistic. I'm trying not to give away the end here, but I was just as irritated at the end as I was the begining. This doesn't begin to compare with Francine River's better works, 2 of which are my all time favorite novels.
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