It has been 24 hours since I saw the girl in a green dress trapped in a bubble. Of course, one of the rule in reading is to never judge a book by its cover. Though I must say, it stood out against other books on the shelf, and I was ultimately intrigued.
In the span of 12 hours, I went through a mixture of “Wow this feels like Divergent,” “What? Was I that fickle at 17?,” “Awwwwww,” and “How unrealistic is this?” with the interlude of my disastrous cooking and occasional distractions of funny Youtube videos.
In any case, I had very high hope for the book. I loved Divergent, and the dystopian story reminded me greatly of it. Condie is a wonderful writer, and her descriptions of places and things allowed me to escape into the world of her imagination. I could imagine the difficult work of the workers at the factory, the green patch, and the peaceful nature backdrop of the hikes. For that, it was a great break from real life, and I felt as if I was on a great big adventure with Cassia.
Yet, the main downfall of the book was the pace of the characters. Perhaps if you have read it, you could tell me your thoughts in the comment. Some of us have fallen in love. Some have done the more painful aspect of falling out of love. These are feelings with phases of their own, and it seems as though Condie treated as a switch. Boom. Fall in love hard and willing to risk my life for that person in the matter of pages.
I wished she focus more on the background story. The society. The impending doom. The history. The romance or infatuation eclipsed the rest of the world that she has beautifully constructed, and for that I wished there was more.
Stars? (I always feel very awkward giving stars. I am not an expert, and reading is such a personal process that stars cannot fully capture)