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Review: Crewel

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I want to like this book, I do. I just don't. The universe and it's mechanisms are very creative and interesting. The government, a la 1984 with a strong stroke of female suppression, seems nicely complex. The characters, however, are cardboard cutouts resembling interesting people. No, that's not a story mechanic. The characters are written flatly and are boringly obvious in every way.

The lead female character has some sort of deathwish, or is intolerably stupid, running her mouth at the worst opportunities in order to piss off people more than willing to kill her. Yet, these actions are counter to her goals, and in direct opposition to the two gorgeous automatons vying for her attention, though it could get either of them likewise killed. The people close to her, that like her, adore her, and risk their own lives for her. The people that don't like her, hate her on the merest pretense. It's, tiresome.

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Review: Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The writing style is different, a bit clunky at times, and the characters a bit thin and predictable. Still, the book moves quickly and it's a fun fast read. I enjoy the foreshadowing provided in the MC's thoughts, even if it's more of a "this will obviously be important" than a subtle hint to remember later.
I'll read the next one.

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