Did you know Wednesday is Book Day? In anticipation, I want to share a couple book reviews this week. :) Today’s will be The Divergent Series, what with the recent release of the movie (which I haven’t been able to see yet)!
Synopsis: The introduction into our series, Divergent is about a teenage girl and her typical feelings that she doesn’t fit in. This exciting book invites you into her world, both the goods and evils that come with along with her structured society. Filled with adventure, Divergent introduces many exciting characters and draws you into the mystery of their history. Overall, it’s an amazing book that leaves you wanting more!
“I might be in love with you.” He smiles a little. “I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though.”
Pros: Way interesting world! Characters are cool! I have questions!
Cons: The rest of the series won’t live up to this.
Synopsis: Finally understanding what it means to be divergent, Tris must face her emotions, her past, and her fears. With betrayal everywhere, it’s difficult to know who to trust. With a war going on, tensions rise and relationships are tested. Overall, everything gets less mysterious and thus less interesting. The characters all begin to grind on my nerves. I questioned if I would read the next one, even with the promising cliff-hanger it provided.
“Killing you is not the worst thing they can do to you,” I say. “Controlling you is.”
Cons: Boring. Angst-y love story. Lots of poor, boring relationships that you have to hear too much about.
Synopsis: With the past revealed, the future seems more tenuous than ever. Our main characters must face new enemies and overcome new obstacles. Overall, the ends justified the means, and I was pleased with how the series concluded… if we skip the epilogue which was boring. The majority of the book? Well, I’m just so tired of unstable, unhealthy relationship stories. And it was slow and boring.
“I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me–they, and the love and loyaty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could.”
Pros: The ending wasn’t some cop-out trash! All the answers!
Cons: Boring. More angst-y love. Obvious political commentary that didn’t make complete sense/seem agreeable to me.
Would I read it again? Well, I’d read the first book again, 100%. It was a cool concept. So we’d have to assume I’d be invested enough to read the next two. They’re not great, but plot-wise, they could be worse. Do all of the relationships suck in these books? Yes. Are some of them at least realistic? MAYBE. Probably. But nobody cares about that! They’re depressing and frustrating! And I just want to see a healthy teen-age relationship in a book. This series tries to pass Tris and Tobias off as in love, but who would want that relationship? They’re flat characters, exactly like one another, with zero ability to communicate. OK, love story rant over.
Read the first book, then just watch the movies. That’s my vote!