Thursday, February 6, 2014

Book Review!-Divergent

I'll admit that I wanted to read Divergent after seeing the trailer for the movie coming out in March. The movie looked cool and it looked like a good story. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed in the book and now have only a mild curiosity to see the movie. While most of it was enjoyable and fun to read, it reminded me too much of The Hunger Games.

This world is divided into four factions {and the factionless} as opposed to 12. In Diverent, Tris must go through a rite of passage similar to your name being put into consideration in the games. She must chose a faction. The one she chooses, the Dauntless, has a similar structure to the games. The number that survives/gets accepted into the faction may be higher, but the competition is dangerous and similar to The Hunger Games.

Tris, like Katniss, must prove herself worthy. Though others fail at killing her {due to her abilities}, they still try because she proves a threat.

***********Spoilers Below*************

While I enjoyed most of Divergent, even given the parallels, it lost me when I only had 15% {Kindle!} left. I have a hard time not finishing a book. I even struggled through Wicked, which was brutal. I waited days to finish this one and only did finish because I was about to run out of time, having borrowed it through the digital library.

The point at which it lost me was when it got to the serum turning people into mindless soldiers thing. It wasn't fully explained and I didn't buy it. I also didn't buy Tobias being able to wake up from it by hearing the sound of Tris' voice {gag me with a spoon}.

I did enjoy most of the love story and it had some good points, but overall it was kind of a less well orchestrated parallel of The Hunger Games.