There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Veronica Roth’s debut novel, Divergent. If you haven’t heard of it yet, check out the synopsis HERE. The dystopian genre is one I’m still immersing myself in, but so far I’ve really liked what I’ve read. So, I was really excited to read Ms. Roth’s novel, especially since people were raving about it. And, Summit Entertainment has grabbed the rights to a movie adaptation. Exciting? I think so. 🙂 Unfortunately, though, the book fell a little flat for me. While I enjoyed it and found myself on page 300 before I knew it, the story didn’t have as big of a punch as I had expected.
Ms. Roth’s writing is great. There is no doubt about that. Present tense usually slows me down, but she managed to keep me reading without getting bored. She has given Tris a wonderful voice, one that I think many will relate with despite the dystopian society. The descriptions are engaging and the dialogue reads smoothly. All good things in my book!
Now, back to Tris. Not only is she a great narrator, she is also a wonderful lead character. Although I found her character to be a bit inconsistent, she proves that a small girl can kick some serious butt. I enjoyed her friendships with Will and Christina, and her growing relationship with Four. Some of her thoughts had me laughing and her regard for her brother is endearing. She can get a bit hot tempered, but I think that illustrated her change in personality in a dramatic fashion.
There is a fair amount of violence, more than I particularly care for, but for the most part it was well placed/used. The action balanced well with the romance aspect of the story, which was slow-building, but sweet.
Overall, I enjoyed reading it. Were my expectations too high? Maybe, but even though the story is fast-paced/engaging, there really wasn’t anything that stood out to me as amazingly original. Not saying the idea is cliche, because it’s not, nor is the intense world Ms. Roth has created, but there was just something lackluster about it all. Again, maybe my expectations were too high. Still, it’s a great addition to the growing dystopian market and will most likely appeal to fans of The Hunger Games, which I haven’t read yet…Yeah, I know, lame, right? 😀