Thursday, April 17, 2014

Divergent

It's been awhile! Sorry for that. I have just been so busy with my new career and with my two year old that it's been hard to find time to write and to read. Thankfully some recent insomnia and some extra caffeine  has cured that right up. So that gave me time in a record breaking one night to read Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Those of you who know me personally know that I am the queen of samples. Never judge a book by it's cover but a few pages can give you a pretty good insight into what the book is going to hold with in its pages and what the writing style will be.
So at some point in the history of everything, I had read a sample of this book and never got around to reading the whole thing. So when Amazon sent me a book credit of $8.28 I thought why not...
But I checked on One Drive to see if it would be free to rent, and it was! I got to read the book and I got to hang on to my precious $8 in book credits. Which are very valuable considering the amount of new releases coming out. 
I was interested in this book partially because of all of the hype surrounding the film thats been in theaters for a few weeks. And of course "fans of The Hunger Games will love this series" angle as well. 
I wasn't hooked from the get go. I thought that the whole idea of a "post-apocoliptic" society with a strong  female lead who falls in love is somewhat over used. 
But, I came to really like Beatrice, or Tris as she's later called. I like the realism that Roth uses in the story. How would a 16 year old act in this situation? I think that sometimes authors are a little unrealistic in their expectations or think that a 16 year old would automatically react like a young child but Tris and her friends made quite believable characters. And it's impossible not to love Four. 
For those of you who are not Twilight fans, uggh and I can hear the accusations coming now, but I see a lot of similarities between Tris and Bella and even Edward and Four. There are also similarities between Katniss and Tris, like the fact that they both are trained to be killers and are better at it than they want to be or that they want to admit to themselves. There is also a similarity in the love triangle with Gale, Katniss, and Peeta- though not as strong because Tris has no interest in the other male even though he expresses interest in her. 
I also really like the character of Christina. Much better than Angela (or heaven forbid Jessica) from Twilight or Johanna from The Hunger Games- even though I do like Johanna quite a bit. 
I was a little surprised at how fast the ending to the first book came and how perfectly things got wrapped up. I was expecting Peeta wrapping his hands around Katniss throat for the end. But I wont spoil it because my goal is for you to read it if you haven't already. There was not as much build as there is in The Hunger Games, but Roth squeezes in some of the horrors of torture as Collins does. 
Overall I will say this, I could not put it down... Maybe it was insomnia or maybe I am just an easy kill but I kept turning page after page.  I really did enjoy it. 
Low and behold the next book in the series was available for me to borrow and I have already started reading it. 

I am sure you are wondering... What's Next? Or will it be another 6 Months? Or maybe your just like "Shut up Miriam get to the point already"

Here's what's currently on my To Read List:
Insurgent
Matched
Earth Unaware 2
The One 
Bastion
The House of Four Winds
Aligent
Cossed
Reached
The Lost Gate
Hunted
Panic

I should be updating more frequently now too

Over and Out 

Miriam