Divergent by Veronica Roth

Well, I just had to read it. It was named the best new novel (or something like that) in 2011 by the people on Goodreads, so it’s got to be good, right? Well, it was okay. Now granted, I’m not a dystopia genre fan anyway, but my daughter read it and really liked it, so I thought I should read it too (in addition to the best first novel thing). I’ve read other dystopia YA novels like Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins and liked them – mostly. (That is a dystopia series, right? I really am not sure about that genre.) But Divergent was not up to that caliber. Now, it is Ms Roth’s first novel, so I will cut her some deserved slack. It wasn’t a bad story it just didn’t do much for me. I think the main concept was interesting but the pacing was a bit off. The prep time for the main characters in their new environment went on too long, then all of a sudden it’s crunch time and the are immediately in danger with little build up to where it was going. You could almost tell the author was writing the book just to write a second. I’m not sure I’ll read the second one. I’ll let my daughter read it first and see what she says. Again, I don’t think it’s a bad story, just not worthy of the best new novel title the goodread audience gave it for 2011 (though as a writer, I am sincerely happy for Ms Roth. I’m sure book 2 will be better, and the great sales of this book allows her more room to write book 2). Good luck Veronica!

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