Bookish Twins




by Stephanie Diaz

Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: July 22nd 2014
by St. Martin's Press




Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon's lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet's leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too...


If you were to rewrite Extraction, what are 3 things you would you change about it?

Cait: I reeeeeally hate to assume that I could “write a book better” than an author. This is their “baby” after all, and I’m just a reader.

Zoe: *in which Cait tries to stall answering the question by typing up a really deep paragraph about authors and books*

Cait: Fine! I suppose 3 things I’d like changed would be

  • the huge similarities to Divergent
  • more character development, particularly of Clementine (who felt like the same person starting the book as ending it)
  • more development in the romance! Logan (the love interest) wasn’t even around half the time! GAH!

If you lived in Clementine’s world and were chosen for Extraction, would you be chosen for your intelligence or for your physicality?

Cait: Pfft. Clearly my physicality.

Zoe: Clearly.

Leo GIF of the day = complete.

Cait: I’m joking. I’m rather an uncoordinated cucumber, to be honest. (Although I do like a nice early morning run.) And while I’m no genius, I’d like to say my intelligence isn’t abysmal. I know how to bake a cake. I can recite three numbers of pi. I used to be able to name every country in Africa.

Zoe: Baking a cake is a form of intelligence?

Cait: Are you questioning my intelligence?

Zoe: Moving on…

What did you think about the similarities between Extraction and Veronica Roth’s Divergent?

Cait: To be honest, this bothered me a lot and is the reason the book ultimately got only 2 sad little stars from me. I even have a list of the similarities!

  • The main character (Clementine) is really short/small/petite like Tris.
  • Despite clear physical setbacks, Clem (like Tris) is the BEST fighter.
  • There’s a super mean training instructor who picks on Clem for no reason (like Eric and Tris).
  • They get rated during training on a super-duper high-tech scoreboard.
  • Lucky Clem gets SAVED from meanie instructor by nice instructor (like Four saving Tris)
  • The use of serums that control everyone and turn them into drone soldiers.
  • Just use a lot of serums, dangit. Am I rereading Divergent here?!


How did you feel about the protagonist Clementine?

Cait: I didn’t feel much about her, actually! I admired her toughness and willingness to do whatever it takes to survive. But she seemed mediocre. Just your average (*coughDivergentcough*) like heroine, who kicks butt and takes no bullying.

Describe your feelings toward the world-building. Was there anything you’d like cleared up or focused on more?

Cait: I would’ve liked to know WHY the moon was poisonous and HOW everyone could live below ground. (Isn’t the inner earth core really hot?? Um…) What was the point of leaving the poor people on earth to die under the poisonous moon? A society like the one in Extraction can’t really function without poor and rich, so what were the rich planning to do when all the poor people were dead?

Zoe: Considering they’re virtually the same characters from Divergent, my guess would be that they’re probably partying and eating Dauntless cake while everyone else is dying…

Cait: Probably… Still, I AM CONFUSED. So yes, I had a few issues with the world-building. Maybe future books would clear it up??


54 thoughts on “Extraction

  1. Woah, this sounds SO SIMILAR to Divergent. I mean the instructor, the similarities to Tris and most of all the SERUMS. That would definitely make me uncomfortable, what a shame! Great feature girls, I really enjoyed it! <3

  2. I had to double check this WASN’T Divergent, the similarities are really striking, but renamed and mixed up a little. I don’t know how I feel about that. I really enjoyed Divergent, but usually have issues with books that try to emulate others quite frankly. Is there enough differences to make this worth the read? I’m so torn, and the uncoordinated cucumber hasn’t helped with that decision either. Loved this girls, super cute! You make a great team <3

    1. Honestly, I’m not sure if it’s worth the read with all the similarities it has. *sighs* It really is a shame because it was a decent novel otherwise. 😐 Thanks Kelly!

  3. I haven’t read Divergent, but even then I watched the movie and I can tell that this is really similar. Blah. I won’t be reading this, I didn’t want to in the beginning anyways. BUT AWESOME REVIEW DISCUSSION CAIT AND ZOE 🙂 You guys are cute <3

  4. You and Cait need to do LOTS more of these posts, for they are gold! I cannot STAND when books are really similar like that. Come on, someone already HAD that idea, and wrote that book, so we can move on now! Grrrrr. I read a book like that recently (oddly enough, with HUGE Divergent similarities AND involving the moon, and I promise, it was NOT this book!) Also, nice work on the Dauntless cake reference, because let’s be honest, that is where all our minds have gone 😉

    1. Haha – definitely maybe sometime in the future! We had a ton of fun putting it together! (Well, I know I did, and I hope Cait did too!) And I completely agree. If someone’s already wrote about a topic, it’s time to move on. 😐 And ha…thanks Shannon! I tried! 😉

  5. I read Cait’s review, too. It’s funny how you are so aligned in your ideas! 🙂 I’d definitely look forward to reading more of these, and while the story you talked about sounds wobbly, I don’t think I’d read it anyway. Not really my genre.

  6. Such a bummer to hear how similar this book is to Divergent…was it written at the same time or after? I really like the cover though, but I’m not sure I would really want to read another Divergent. One version was definitely enough for me haha. Lovely questions posed Zoe, heading over to read your part on Cait’s blog now!

    1. I think it was written after. :disappointed: And I agree – one Divergent was definitely enough. 😉 Thank you!

  7. HAHAHA an uncoordinated cucumber! Such a fantastic metaphor.
    The world building definitely sounds really shaky. And to hear that it’s quite similar to Divergent isn’t really making me want to read it… since I didn’t really like Divergent that much.

    1. *offstage whisper* Good job Cait!
      And I completely hear you. While I liked Divergent I definitely think one version of it was enough. 😉

  8. Ouch ladies! When you get a feeling like you could write the book better than the author, well it’s bad. Really bad. I have seen this one around but I had no idea it similar to Divergent. Well I’ll skip it. Great review, ladies 🙂

  9. The minute i read the first few sentences of the synposis i had to double check i wasn’t reading Divergents. i hate when books are blunt rip offs and unfortunately this one just rings “copy”. Great review ladies!

  10. Man, this really does sound like a Divergent 2.0, only that the original was better. I’m sorry that you guys didn’t like this one! I was tempted to start the series, but if it’s too similar to Divergent and shrugging off the similarities is nearly impossible, I don’t think I’d enjoy it very well, considering I don’t even like Divergnt already >_<

    1. *sighs* That’s exactly how it felt Faye. If you didn’t like Divergent much in the first place, than this probably wouldn’t be for you anyway.

  11. I remember commenting about the comparison too on my review. I think I gave this book 3stars because I’m generous that way. 😛 I just visited Faye’s blog and they did a joint review too. enjoyed this one too. Great feedback ladies! <3

  12. Oh, wow. I officially love this post. You guys are so awesome together <3 I haven't heard of Extraction, but wow, if there are that many similarities to Divergent, then thankyou for the warning!

    ALSO, Cait, you're totally physically fit. I can sense it through the post. So much intelligence.

    Zoe – you're the voice of reason, so I know you know the obvious choice is to give me more Dauntless CAKE.

  13. I actually hadn’t heard about this book before, but dang… it sounds SO much like Divergent. And that’s not a positive thing.
    And can I just say that I adore how you two teamed up for this post! It’s a great idea and it works great 🙂

    @Zoe… I’m terribly sorry for not being around as much. I have missed reading your wonderful posts! *hugs*

    1. I mean, it’s definitely not a bad novel by any means, but the Divergent similarities are definitely a bit offputting. 🙁 And thank you so much!

      And don’t worry about it Iris – you know how much I have been slacking at reading your blog too, so I should be the one apologizing!

  14. I love how you guys reviewed this! It was super fun to read and I really hope to see buddy reads like this more often 🙂 I know you guys are book twins and mainly agree on your thoughts, but it would be interesting to see a review like this for a book you had a different opinion on!

  15. This is a really cool feature! I think it’d be hard for me to pick this book up knowing how similar it is to Divergent–unless it’s done better. I get bored with too much sameness.

    Also: someone who spells Cait like I do! 😀

    1. Thank you! :blush: I completely agree CJ. Originality is so important, and unfortunately this one just didn’t quite have that.

  16. This is the thing about YA dystopia: too much of it is similar, and publishers are publishing it because they know it’ll sell. SIGH. It’s sad this is so similar to Divergent because it could have been something really interesting and original!

    Also, bless your treadmill GIF and Leo GIF. I laughed. XD

    1. I completely agree Sydney, and it’s a shame because there’s so much potential in the dystopian genre. Thank you!

  17. To be honest, it seems like all YA dystopias these days have pretty much the same plot and same ideas. Heroine lives in a screwed-up country where teens have to go through some kind of test. Heroine somehow stumbles across the “Outside,” which shatters everything she knew about her original world. Sheesh. They were interesting to read about, and can still be interesting, if not for the many similarities the books have with each other. 🙁

    And noooo, it sounds like Extracted has instalove with this Logan dude who isn’t around for most of the book. WHY. It’s not like romance is a requirement in YA books, right?! To make matters worse, the MC doesn’t get much development, too. DOUBLE WHY.

    Don’t question Cait’s abilities in baking, Zoe. 😉 But, um, Cait? You used to be able to name all the countries of Africa? … Haha, jk.

    I do not appreciate the huge amount of similarities this book has with Divergent. What happened in Divergent stays in Divergent. Seriously, though, how similar the two books are is just crazy. I liked Divergent, but I don’t think I’d want to read the same story again, this time under a different title. O_O

    But to end this depressing comment on a happier note… I LOVED THIS CHAT REVIEW. KEEP DOING IT, YOU TWO! 😀 <3

    1. I agree Megan – they all seem to be the same, which really is annoying. And it wasn’t as much instalove as it was lack of development in the romance. *shrugs* They were already together before the start of the book, which didn’t help us see the chemistry between them either.

      Thank you! ♥

  18. I’ve read both posts now, and think you Cait work great together. Love the post, not too sure about the book. Too many similarities to Divergent. Thanks for pointing them out, and for giving me a laugh.

    (And, Cait! Don’t listen to her! Cake Baking IS a sign of intelligence!)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    1. Aww…thank you! We had a ton of fun doing this, so I know I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it (and I know Cait would be too)!

  19. i love dystopian books, so this seems like the perfect one for me! It does sound a lot like divergent, but I lived that series anyways so this just seems like a great read!

    1. Haha…I have a horrible memory too, so you’re not alone. 😉 If you did order it, I hope you end up enjoying it more than we did!

  20. This book doesn’t sound like something I would like – too similar to Divergent, based on your review, and I’m getting so BORED with these basic, unoriginal dystopians. But I LOVE the style of this review. You and Cait are so funny together, and your voices complement each others’ perfectly. (And the GIFs are on point.)

    1. I agree. I love dystopians and the way authors are able to take some common social trends and make a world out of them, but with so many being published it’s really hard to find something truly original.

      And thank you! ♥ We tried! 😉

  21. I loved the first book of the Divergent series, and this book does sound a lot like it o.O I’m not sure if it will be my cup of tea, I do love dystopians novels though <3 Great post & I love the gifs you have picked out 🙂 made me laugh!

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