Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Book Review(s): Divergent Series - Veronica Roth

Hello Readers,

I decided to wait until I had completed both books before writing a review, it's important to compare and contrast I think.

Divergent Good Reads Blurb:
"In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all."

I thoroughly enjoyed Divergent, the characters were strong, believable and real to life.
Roth successfully built the setting and story with great depth and it really sucked you into the life that Tris has to live in.

There was a certain air of The Hunger Games throughout the book, with a large "montage" of training and evil Dauntless competitors. It was very enjoyable to read, and great for all you Dystopian novel lovers out there.

Insurgent on the other hand, was a bit of a disappointment. Though it has been said that the 2nd book in a trilogy is seen more as a filler than anything else, it seemed as if this was the case.

Characters came and went, and the change in scenery nearly every chapter became quite confusing at times.
At some points new character were introduced, and then killed the next page. There was not enough development and you weren't given a chance to form an opinion on some characters or learn about their past.

Perhaps I like more descriptive literature rather than plot driven books, but if you want your reader to engage and have some sort of emotional reaction to the characters there needs to be more than one sentence on them.

I am hopeful the next book, unnamed and said to be released in 2013, will focus on character development and answer the questions and un-explained plot lines when the series concludes.

Star Rating

Divergent: ****
Insurgent: **

What did you think of the series so far? Are you looking forward to the next instalment?

Happy Reading!


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