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“very well written”Lauren wrote this review Tuesday, June 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I found this set of books more irritating than either good or bad. An addition to the dystopian genre (done so well in The Hunger Games) with a titillating dose of soft porn on the side (such as the main character, Tris, climbing into bed with her "boyfriend" with only a shirt on -- oh wait, nothing happens...let's just get those hormones raging a bit more) which, in my opinion, is an insult to young readers who don't NEED that to appreciate a good story, I kept running into road blocks in the story.
On the plus side, I thought the plot line was good. It held my interest and pulled me right along. But the negatives outweighed the positives for me. There were three main issues I struggled with. The first, the description of the settings. I have a pretty good imagination, but I had to work really hard to picture some of Roth's locations. I found the Dauntless locations particularly difficult to visualize. By the second book I just had to get over it and read the story.
I also felt there were too many characters, some that came and went , then showed up again causing me to have to look back and say, "Now where did I read about him?" It interrupted the flow of the story for me.
The major problem, however, was the "soft porn." I would be caught up in the story and rolling right along at a good pace then run into a brick wall of "touchy feeling, tummy twitters" on the part of Tris, the main character. It always made me feel like my feet had slipped out of the pedals on the recumbent bike at the gym and I had to stop and get situated again. And, for me, that also detracted from the believability of Tris's character. Roth portrayed her with her emotions all over the place and almost unstable, and yet we were supposed to believe she was still the driving force of the novels. It didn't work for me. She was a far cry from Katniss in The Hunger Games.
So all in all I guess I found these two books slightly disappointing. I'm a huge science fiction fan, and the premise of the books held a lot of promise. But they could have been so much more. Will I read the third installment? Probably. I liked them enough to want to know how the story ends, even with the fits and starts of actually reading them. ”
“Both books in there. I can't wait for the third.”Ethan wrote this review Wednesday, February 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Amazing book, differernt society with a twist ending!”Jackie Himel wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Two amazing books set in a dystopian future world (which used to be chicago) where there are five factions, Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Amity and Candor. When you are sixteen, you take an aptitude test to find out which faction you belong in. Beatrice 'Tris' Prior has an aptitude for three factions, Erudite, Abnegation and Dauntless, which makes her Divergent, and if she tells anyone, she will be in huge danger. Tris chooses Dauntless, and has to survive through violence and is also in a romance.”Samantha C wrote this review Monday, January 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No