Divergent by Veronica Roth
Normally I am not a big fan of YA. I read the Hunger games and really liked it so I try to keep an open mind and trust in my wife's judgement when picking up a YA title. I also like Dystopian style books so I was curious as to what this one was about and figured it would be worth try. Tons of people I know have read it and loved this series so it has sat on my to-read list for a long time. Just recently the reserve my wife set up at the library came in and we decided this was as good a time as any to read this together.
I have thought a lot about what I was going to say in this review and here it is; I liked it, but I am not really sure why. Has this ever happened to you? I really liked the book once it got to the ending and I am anxious to read the next, but other than that I am just lost as to what all I should say. Here are some thoughts I had while reading this and I hope I can get a decent review from these.
First of all, I'm surprised that I ended up liking this as much as I did. Most of the book for me was boring and slow moving. There was a lot of character development that needed to be there to set up the series and I understand that, but I felt it needed more action. It wasn't until about three quarters through the book that I finally got sucked in and couldn't put this down. I'm glad I stuck with it because if I would have just DNF this book I would have missed a great ending. My stubbornness won out on this one. The end was very fast passed but at times felt a little rushed. The story took an interesting turn and that was enough to make me rush out to the library and pick up book two as soon as I could. I have it but still haven't started it just yet.
I did like the characters, even though the whole teen romance thing is lost on me. I was a nerd in high school and never had any dates so I skipped the whole emotional roller coaster, for the most part. I still remember my teen years being horrible but that is neither here nor there. Tris is a very likeable character and I tended to compare her to Katniss from Hunger Games. I wanted to know what was going to happen to here next. Being from a different faction she took a lot of abuse from other initiates and I felt for her. I wasn't beat up in high school but I did take quite a bit of abuse back then so I connected with Tris in this aspect. With Tris's character there was just enough mystery about her and other characters that made me want to learn more.
Overall I liked this book once I finished. I am going to give this 3.5-4 stars. Aside from the ending feeling rushed and the bulk of the beginning being a slow read, this was still worth rating so highly and I'm glad I pressed on. Can't wait to see what is next in book two.