I like my bit of action-packed dystopia, but it’s so easy getting lost in the numerous YA dystopia series popping up all the time. It’s literally a jungle out there. I’m very careful about what I start reading because it’s so easy getting lost. On the other hand, I don’t want to miss the next Hunger Games or Vampire Academy. So I take my chances, and sometimes I’m really lucky and get hooked on a new series, like Sookie Stackhouse. A series that becomes my sanctuary, my sweet escape. Other times, I’m not so fortunate. And sometimes, I don’t discover that this one isn’t for me until the second installment.
This happened to me about a week ago when I found myself stuck in Insurgent, the second installment to Veronica Roth‘s Divergent series. I just didn’t care about the characters anymore and wasn’t at all excited about the story line.
I adore dystopian novels, but they have to be well-written, creative and interesting. In my opinion, the Divergent series is neither. I would much rather read unique dystopias, like The Road or Hater, than a clichéd book trying to be the next Hunger Games. So after 122 pages, I decided to let it go, and added it to my list of shame: the abandoned books (I hope there will only be this one in 2014, but I’m going to keep track anyway on my page for this year’s Reading Challenge). I have no problem whatsoever with giving up on a book – life’s too short for bad books, and reading books that I don’t like means not reading a book that I do like.
What are your thoughts on the jungle of YA dystopian/fantasy series out there? Recommendations are more than welcome!