BOOK REVIEW: Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
With the Insurgent movie opening next month, I figured it was time for me to buckle down and finish the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.
I read the first installment, Divergent last year and, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t impressed. While the plot was interesting, the writing fell flat. Dystopian Chicago was intriguing, but beyond some stiff SAT prep definitions of the factions there was almost no world building. Roth’s writing is all tell, no show. I blame the stiff narration and the limited description in part on the first person POV.
Tris does not have a compelling voice. A great first-person novel should have a distinct voice that engages the reader. Think of Catcher in the Rye or The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Tris’s voice is dull, robotic and emotionally detached.
Another advantage to a third-person POV would be a more thorough and unbiased depiction of the world. I…
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