In our third round of reviews from Atomics readers, some couldn't get enough of THE DIVINERS but found it a little hard to get into at first. Our recommendation? Persevere! This is a book that is not to be missed!
Scary, saucy, and seriously ‘swell’, The Diviners is definitely one of my new summer favourites. Set in 1926 New York, the story follows a group of teens as they each help uncover the parts to the mystery of a crazy occult-obsessed serial killer.
It’s witty and gripping – I had a few late nights with this one page turner! – and is also superbly written. I’ve never really been a fan of books set in the past, but Libba Bray has changed my mind. The scene is exciting and different and hooking.
I’d definitely recommend this to anyone with a love of romance, drama or the supernatural. And if you aren’t keen on historical settings, try it; I was pleasantly surprised by how much I’d love 1920’s New York City!
Melissa Beale, Aged 15
When i first started reading The Diviners I found it quite hard to get into, however after the first couple of chapters , I began to really enjoy it. The book is very well written with an intriguing story line , and once i got into it i found i couldn't stop reading .
As i got further into the book,the characters really came to life , and I found I particularly liked way Evie was portayed. I find the 1920s a fascinating time in history , when jazz and flappers were increasingly popular ,and I really enjoyed the book being set back in the 1920s as I already had some background knowledge of the times and this book brought it to life.
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the 1920s, or who enjoys books with spooky twists. Don't let the size of the book put you off, it really is worth a read.
Sarah Bell, Aged 16
The Diviners is set in the 1920s where people are starting to develop strange powers. The story is steady paced and contains some strong language (beware ye of little age). The book is generally well written and doesn’t linger on too many details. Libba Bray writes from different characters perspectives which I also found very interesting.
The first few chapters contain some humour but as the story progresses it becomes scarier and eventually less enjoyable to read in my opinion. The book is rather mellow – not quite too scary, not too funny and not specifically a romance either. This is great for people who like to mix up their genres but I like to either be extremely thrilled or sent into guffaws, as for the romance I generally stay away from it. So if you are anything like me and like to have a specific genre that the author concentrates on then I advise you don’t read the book. However if you’re more of a daredevil then go ahead!
Mariam Ahmed, Aged 15