The results are in! We had an overwhelming number of applications from our Atomics readers to review THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray. Posting three reviews at a time, here are what real readers think of this book – the good, the bad and, we have to admit, the downright brilliant . . .
Honestly the best book I've read in 2012 (and I've read a lot of books this year) I couldn't put it down. I'm not going to go into a lot of detail for this book because I couldn't do it justice.
I'll say one thing, you NEED to read this book.
India Edwards, Aged 17
Having been a fan of Libba Bray since the “Gemma Doyle” trilogy, I was seriously excited for The Diviners. It was a completely different genre, but it didn’t let me down!
“The Diviners” turned out to be a book where every single page counted and characters and subplots worked together to create an original and electrifying novel. She had me laughing and hiding under my covers – all in a heartbeat!
Her characters are larger than life, with the quirky heroine, Evie O’Neill, leading the way to solve a series of bizarre religious murders that are spreading across Manhattan. There’s banter aplenty when you toss in the arrogant pick-pocket, Sam Lloyd, one putupon uncle, and some very artistic friends.
The Diviners was a fantastic read, and one I’m sure I’ll be picking up time and time again. A definite 5 out of 5 from me!
Tasha Tyler, Aged 16
This book was well written, well researched and at times, hard to put down. Sometimes I found it a little confusing as there are multiple stories going on at once.
The main character Evie has super-powers that get her into trouble in her hometown, so her parents end up sending her to New York. There she becomes involved with an investigation over mysterious murders tied to an old cult. Her powers are put to good use. There is a lot of world building in this book also.
With all the different characters it was sometimes hard to keep track as to what was happening in this story. I don't think the book was long enough to do all the characters and stories along with them justice, it didn't quite fit. This book has great potential but I think Libba Bray tried to cram too much into one book, it would have been better if it were made into a few smaller ones. There were a few chapters that didn't necessarily need to be there, she could have knocked about 100 pages off and the book still would have made sense. Or she could have used the extra space to do more justice to some characters.
Through all that I still think the general feel Bray put to the book was just right, it was moody, smart, dark, and funny. There was a lot of set-up in this book and it makes me all the more eager for the next one. Bray obviously has plans for these characters, and I hope she delivers as this series has the potential to be amazing. Over all this book is well worth the read, it was original, atmospheric and just plain enjoyable.
Abi Gibson, Aged 15