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An Average Dystopian
on April 9, 2018
First, before I get into my thoughts on this novel, I have to preface this whole review with the disclaimer that I listened to this book via audiobook. The reason I feel the necessity to add that as a disclaimer is that I’m not a regular audiobook listener and I never feel as if I get that same reading experience. However, I was taking a long road trip and wanted to listen to a book for the journey and this was my choice.
Now, for my thoughts on the novel.
I thought this was an okay read (or listen?) but to be honest, none of the content is new material. To me it read quite similar to many of the average, generic and mediocre dystopian novels saturating that particular genre. As always, I do get a chill when there are some aspects that can quite possibly become a reality in the future and this novel certainly had moments like that.
This story read to me like a hybrid/combination of The Selection by Kiera Cass and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I guess many other dystopian novels could be similar but those two series’ seem to have the most similar elements. If you like either of those series, maybe take a chance with this one, especially for fans of The Selection series as it really reminded me of similar themes.
Overall, it was a good novel as an introduction to the trilogy. I will continue to read (or listen to) this series but I do have to mention that I did not become too deeply invested in any of the characters as I didn’t particularly like any of them very much. A certain love triangle gives me flashbacks to Peeta and Gale and I was not a fan of that then nor am I now so I’m hoping that will disperse in the following novels.