Veronica Roth – Divergent (Divergent book 1)

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Divergent by Veronica Roth is book 1 in a trilogy with book 3, at the moment untitled, scheduled to come out October of 2013.  Divergent is a world split up into 5 factions: Dauntless, Abnegation, Candor, Amity, and Erudite.  Each faction is known for a specific human characteristic: bravery, selflessness, honesty, peacefulness, and intelligence.

Hmmmm…… Let me start by saying that Tobias is a horrible name for a co-star in a novel.  Imagine reading a paragraph where it goes “Tobias is doing this, Tobias is now doing that, Tobias please shoot me”.  Geez.  Even Richard is a better name because at least he has a kick arse last name like Rahl.

Believe it or not, my verb tenses are in fact correct in my simulation paragraph from the novel.  The story is written in first person from the point of view of BeatriceTris for short.  As if that is not odd enough, it is written in first person present tense!!  I now fully understand why authors don’t write in present tense: it just sounds ridiculous.  Why would you dictate about your experiences as they are happening?

I couldn’t help but continually compare Divergent to my all time favourite fantasy series, The Wheel of Time.    I kept saying to myself, “well that’s like The Wheel of Time, just not nearly as good”.  Maybe it’s not fair to compare author Veronica Roth’s first novel to the likes of Robert Jordan who was a veteran even before writing The Wheel of Time, but novel publishing is a very competitive business and novel reading is very time consuming which is why I choose to spend my time on reading better books.

I’m sorry Divergent fans, but Divergent really isn’t good at all.  The writing is overly simplistic; the story is okish, but not really strong enough to hold my attention.  Even for the target age group, Young Adult, there are better books and series’ out there in the fantasy genre.

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