Hello, dystopian YA people! Today's review is a combination review of Veronica Roth's Divergent and wishful lusting after it's sequel Insurgent, due out May 1, 2012. A Double Whammy! I know, its rather impressive.
Divergent: Just in case you have been under a rock/are still discovering Hungers Games, in this book, set in a future dilapidated Chicago, society is divided into five factors each dedicated to certain virtues: Candor (honesty supposedly, but really about lacking a mental filter), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (double dare lifestyle), Amity (
- Originality - after the first chapter, I was just whelmed by the society, but the more time spent in the Dauntless world of underground caves and punches, things got increasingly interesting. I give it a solid 6 (because this is not the first time I have been around the- having to leave one parents behind to find yourself/discover corruption/potentially start a revolution- block)
- Absurdity -not that bad!I give it a 3. I mean, living in New York makes me suspicious of Chicago to begin with. Not surprised it could go downhill this fast (sorry Chicago)
- Level of Paranormal Romance - everyone is human...SIGH. But a love interest named Four spices things up, and I was into his mysterious self. I give this a 6, cause the build-up was great! moon eyes, elbow touches, stopping people from killing you, the normal romance stuff....
- Level of Harry Potter-ness -the writing was pretty good (and all the jumping off high buildings was crazy, if not magical) 5.
I don't know if this review does this book justice BECAUSE I couldn't put it down. Its biggest sell is that it draws you in and you must must must know what is going to happen next. Which leads up to....