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1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously - what is going on?, January 7, 2014
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This review is from: Divergent (Divergent Trilogy, Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I rarely write book reviews, but I felt the need to step in here based on all of the glowing reviews for this nonsensical book. This book reads like a high school creative writing assignment - there's a few moments of promising prose in here, but the overall story just requires too much suspension of disbelief. People don't fit into black and white boxes now, they never have before, and there's no reason to ever believe that people will - the entire premise of the book is just too stupid of an idea to take seriously. The lazy and uninspired "testing" mechanism used to determine a human being's entire personality is equivalent, in my mind, to claiming that you could know everything about a person based on their responses to a simple Rorscach test. It's nonsensical. The heroine of this story is thrust into her heroic role because she happens to have the amazing and unbelievable trait of - having a normal personality. No, seriously, that's what makes her a hero according to this tale - she has a normal personality, of the kind that nearly every human being you will ever meet does. People having multiple traits and affinities in their personality is not "divergent" of anything - it's the normal state of human affairs, and this book does nothing to convince me of it's premise that human beings have somehow been transformed into robotic, single-personality beings.
Making the book worse is a poorly developed overthrow plot that employs mind control (the technology for which is never explained in any way - for all the reader can tell, it's no different than magic,) a caricature of a villain, and a character development arc for the heroine that appears to consist of getting tattoos. No, I'm not being facetious here, that's pretty much the character development arc.
Like I said earlier, it reads like a high school creative writing assignment, based on daydreaming about being part of the cool kids clique, that went long and somehow got published, more than it does a fully formed and mature story. Give Ms. Roth 5-10 years to hone her craft and I believe she'll be writing some interesting stories, I just think that the current success and high book sales for this story has a lot more to do with Hunger Games mania and the coattails effect than any inherent quality of the work.
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Initial post: Jun 21, 2014 6:05:51 AM PDT
marlinmat says:
Agree 100% with your review!

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 11:57:11 AM PDT
nicole says:
So you only like fiction or science fiction books if they are completely realistic?

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 6:27:04 PM PDT
Stormy says:
You didn't really pay attention when you read the book, did you? Of course nobody can fit into a black and white box; that's literally the whole point of it being a DYSTOPIAN novel (same thing with the testing). Plus, none of the characters were really single-personality beings; the main character's brother was naturally selfless, yet he thought the search for knowledge was more important, as an example. As for the poor writing style, that's your opinion.
I could go on for at least another paragraph, but I doubt you nor the people reading this really care.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2014 2:48:49 PM PDT
Some suspension of disbelief is fine; this story was crap.
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