Here's what you should know in easy bulleted form:
- the concept behind the book is original and fascinating. As a politics nerd the idea of dividing the world into factions, and designating certain factions with certain tasks based on their strengths is so interesting to me. In fact at several points while I was reading I thought, how cool would it be to teach a politics class based on analyzing the goals of societies in dystopian novels? I'll have to see if I can do that at some point in the future.
- the characters are three dimensional, and you find yourself on the edge of your seat waiting to see what they'll do next. I have a major lit crush on Four now. I've convinced myself he's the modern Rochester. Brooding, complex, yet still fully swoon worthy. Unlike Rochester Four does not have an insane wife that's going to appear later (I'm pretty sure).
- the ACTION is out of this world. I've never felt so transported to the middle of a fight, to the sensation of jumping off a building, or what have you. Roth's writing was seamless-- I didn't feel like I was reading about it, I felt like I was there.
Read it-- it's a great book!
And an update on the faction-of-the-week Challenge at Deb Driza's blog.
Last week was Candor. Honesty. Truth. I brought the truth, and I'm proud that I did. Sometimes it is exactly what's needed.
This week is Erudite, which I guess means I need to get busy on my research. I'll report my results on Friday. Happy short week!