• http://bookgarden.blogspot.com jenclair

    :) I find it frustrating when the origin of a dystopian world is either absent or vague. When and how, indeed? The idea of “divergent” appeals to me, and I’m adding it to my TBR list.

    • Gin Jenny

      Yep, same here. It sounds like the third book explains it some, but I’m going to need it to explain A LOT before I am satisfied.

  • http://www.libraryhungry.com Sharon

    I understand that there’s some sort of spurious explanation later in the series for why the world is set up in this completely nonsensical way. But I was most bothered by the fact that the faction names were not consistent in their parts of speech. Dauntless and Erudite are adjectives; Amity, Abnegation, and Candor are nouns. Who sets up a whole society around such a stunning inconsistency? I ask you!

    (I enjoyed the first one but gave up on the second about halfway through when I mostly stopped caring. Second book syndrome.)

    Also–what was the book club book?

    • Gin Jenny

      Second book syndrome, is that a thing? I feel like I usually like the second in a trilogy the best (Two Towers, Empire Strikes Back, The Ask and the Answer).

      The book club book was The Makioka Sisters. It was a lot of the same events (finding a husband for the unwed sister, the engagement falling through for some reason) happening over and over again, and I’m not a fan of books in translation to begin with.

      The author addressed the parts of speech thing, I think in the back of the book? She said that the factions made up their names independent of each other. So that’s why.

  • http://twitter.com/MumsyNancy NWK (@MumsyNancy)

    Hahaha, Sharon is dead on. The parts of speech thing annoyed me to a ridiculous degree. I wanted to like this, but honestly, really did not. Didn’t hate it either; just couldn’t stay interested. This is one of those reading experiences wherein I got bored, read the ending, and then couldn’t be bothered finishing the middle.

    • Gin Jenny

      Hahahaha, yeah, I can see that. Did you have expectations for them going in? I had zero, but if I’d expected it to be awesome I think I’d have been annoyed and disappointed.

  • Jenny

    What’s the third one going to be called? Detergent?

    Also count me in with the people deeply troubled by the parts-of-speech problem.

    • Gin Jenny

      Hahahahah, no, I think it’s called like…I don’t know. Something similar. Allegiant, the internet reports.

  • http://sarahsaysread.com Sarah Says Read

    I will probably read this one eventually. I think the idea of yet another dystopian YA fantasy set around one special girl just keeps putting me off, but LOTS of people are liking this one.

    • Gin Jenny

      Yep, I think the dystopian YA trend has run its course and needs to give me a break from it. I like dystopian fiction, but I’m tired of all the specialness. Why can’t books be about just regular people who are actually regular instead of “What, me, I’m the specialist? But how can I be? I’m just regular!”

  • http://samsbookblog.blogspot.com samantha1020

    I enjoyed this one a lot when I read it but I will admit that the parts about how the world got this way didn’t bother me…lol..I was too busy being caught up in the book. I’ve yet to read the second one but I probably will at some point. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed this one even if you didn’t love it :)

    • Gin Jenny

      I think it’s something that’s only started to bother me in the last few years. I wouldn’t have minded if it was a completely separate world from ours (I can roll with whatever in that case), but I just can’t see a path between our current world and the world of Divergent. :/

  • http://necromancyneverpays.wordpress.com Jeanne

    I keep passing this one when I walk by the YA fiction section, so am glad to know what it’s about so I can sneer at it knowingly. We were at Barnes and Noble over the weekend and noticed that a copy of The Devil Wears Prada was displayed under a sign that said “Teen Paranormal Fiction.” The devil, you know.

  • http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com Charlie

    Yes to the origin issue. I suppose after a while we, the general we, are supposed to have become used to the idea that things have been ruined and that’s good enough, but details are best. I don’t mind the sound of this book, but it hasn’t appealed to me enough to want to read it yet.

  • http://agoodstoppingpoint.wordpress.com Christy

    Yeah, I am able to suspend disbelief for some dystopias, but the world of the book never seemed to transcend beyond a thought experiment.