Review: Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The dystopian environmental use of Factions reminded me of the Houses in Harry Potter. People have a label by which they belong to another group of people who behaviorally are supposed to be like themselves. They are natural allies and yet frictions exist within the groups as people are more complex than a single trait. And some people are not easily categorized as belonging to a specific group, especially those who transferred from another. This aspect of the book I enjoyed.

The plot disappointed me. Well, the story plot was also very weak. But I meant the conspiracy that is the backbone of the story. I suppose people’s reliance on their faction is meant to show they have rose colored glasses that make them blind to what was happening. Meh. It felt forced. Full of holes. Not dramatic enough.

Love stories are not my thing. Though, I did initially like the love interest even before I knew he was one. I wanted more of him developed as the story progressed. Instead he devolved into the helpless knight who needed saving by the reluctant princess.

It is obvious this book was written with the idea of becoming a movie. I just wish it was the kind of book worth reading after having seen the movie.

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Review: Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The format is a form I enjoy: A collection of emails, letters, and notes. They form the clues as to why Bernadette disappeared.

Microsoft corporate culture and its effect on Seattle prominently features in the story. Work recently gave us little glass awards for a project. The cubes for patents would be so much cooler.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. A few people looked at me weird for laughing out loud at a few parts. (I tend to read out in public.)

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