Challenge: Dystopia Challenge, 350 pages challenge
Purchased at Borders Bookstore Columbus Circle
Okay guys, I've been putting off this review because I don't know how I want to say this...but...I wasn't blown away. And here's why!
The Good News:
Tris kicks ass. I really like her character because she clearly grows throughout the story. The inevitable romance that develops is one that you actually root for and doesn't take away from the story at all. The whole idea of Factions is fascinating. It's a very interesting world.
The Bad News:
Nothing shocked me in the book. Nothing. And there were some super zingers and cool plot twists but I was kinda of like "Oh, okay. I could see that" or "Hm, will you look at that." I didn't feel like there was an opportunity for the reader to piece things together without it being thrown in our faces. I won't give away what I mean in case you read it. I also didn't find it necessarily gripping. I was able to put the book down on numerous occasions. I was a little disappointed by it more than I was overwhelmingly amazed by it. I'm hoping book 2 will knock my socks off.
Okay listen, yes, this book is imaginative and exciting sometimes. And it's shocking and mildly dystopian, but it's way too reminiscent of The Hunger Games. And having just read that series this year, it's fresh in my mind.
Anyway, despite the things I have to say about this book, I give it a 3.5 out of 4 stars. I think Roth is a majorly talented writer and I look forward to more books in the series.
PS: Stay tuned for a book discussion between me, Lisa @ Baffled Books and Nita @ Worth Reading It! I'm wayyyyyy more opinionated in the discussions haha.