Divergent By Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Length: 487 Pages
Genre: YA, Dystopia
Format: ePUB
Rating: 3/4
Why I read it: Wanted to read it before I saw the movie

What it’s About: Once a year, every sixteen year old must take an aptitude test of sorts and from there choose which faction (Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite) he/she will become part of. It is no different for Beatrice Prior. Except that after her test, she learns that she is part of the dangerous and rare Divergent group.

The Good: I liked Tris. She wasn’t bad-ass, as such, but she wouldn’t let herself give up, and she looked for answers at any given opportunity. She wasn’t afraid to stand up and question things, and when she was she faked otherwise pretty damn well. The story itself, while somewhat predictable was fun. There were definitely some “woah, I did not see that coming” moments, and there were some moments that made me laugh out loud, and cringe. It was an emotional book, but in a good way. I found it fascinating that, Once the new initiates chose a new faction they had to pass, or be factionless. This book made me think and question so much about how their world worked.

The Bad: I would have loved it if Roth had put a bit more history into it. I kept asking myself “how did life get this way,?” and ” Why are these people so content to be known by only one trait?” or, most importantly ” Why are these people not allowed to have more to them than what their faction dictates?” I find that to be a common problem with the Dystopian genre. Why are people so content to let things get so bad, but unwilling to try to make them better? That is a discussion for another day though. Back to the book. I could have done without the romance. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance in my stories, but in Divergent, it just seemed so out of place. Tris was really just getting to know herself, she should have been focusing on that, not boys.

Final Thoughts: I’m glad that I read this book. I’m glad that I ignored the negativity that surrounds this book and decided to give it a shot. I don’t know when, but I will be reading the next two installments. while the book does have its flaws, it was quite enjoyable, and I hope others who have all the bad hype will give it a chance.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Title: The selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Length: 323 Pages
Genre: YA
Format: ePUB
Rating: 2/5
Why I read it: It had been on my TBR list for a while.

What it’s About: America Singer has never been interested in being royalty. In IllĂ©a’s class system, she is a five and she’s in love with a six. But when she is sent an application for The Selection, she fills it out, sends it in, and is selected to be among 35 girls to compete for the crown.

The Good: I was glued to the pages. I couldn’t put the book down. But that was because I wanted to see what happened. The cover was so beautiful, I just wanted to stare at it forever, and I’m not into the frilly princess type dresses.

The Bad: I wanted to physically slap both Maxon and America. They were both so stupid. First off, America is in love with Aspen, but because she is a five and he is a six, and to marry him, she would then become a six, she decides they should break up and she will fill out the application to become one of The Selection. Then when she is selected, to go to the palace, she confesses to the prince that she doesn’t want to be there for any reason other than the money she gets during her time there. And then there is Maxon himself. He’s supposed to be the king one day, is he really so fracking clueless about things that are happening in his kingdom that it takes a girl who doesn’t want to be there to tell him how shitty things are? And then there is their relationship. They pride themselves on being honest with each other, but most of their arguments are over them not being honest.

Final Thoughts: I was disappointed that this book wasn’t better. It would have been better if the characters were not as stupid as they were. And Cass could have done a better job with her world building. I would have liked to know WHY the world was reduced to a class system, or even understanding the class system at all. I know that Ones were royalty, and eights were the homeless, but what about the rest of them. There wasn’t a lot about other classes, and that made me sad.