Divergent, Veronica Roth


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  1. Milo B. Says:

    Divergent is a futuristic story about a teenage girl named Beatrice who lives in Chicago. Beatrice lives in a world that divides everyone the age of 16 into distinct factions of people depending on what kind of person they are. Dauntless, Amity, Candor, Erudite, and Abnegation; Beatrice is born into an Abnegation family but at 16 is declared “Divergent” due to her having multiple of these characteristics. Divergent is deemed to be dangerous because it doesn’t allow her to settle with one faction, but in the end she joins Dauntless. Soon after Beatrice’s initiation begins with her training which primarily focused on combat skills. Throughout the training she meets new friends and enemies along with becoming especially close to her instructor “Four”. Beatrice eventually becomes the #1 ranked initiate in her group among 8 others, along with her and “Four” beginning to have feelings for each other. She begins to question who she really is or what she truly wants, as she has the ability to return to her former faction of Abnegation but may lose her chance to stay with “Four” and her friends…(Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you don’t want to learn about the ending of the book!)…Soon, a conspiracy begins to develop as Erudite is on the verge of war with Abnegation. All member of Dauntless are told to take a tracking serum for precautions but turns out to be a mind control serum instead as the Dauntless leader Eric is working with Erudite as they plan to use them as soldiers. Beatrice and “Four” however are not affected by the serum because they’re Divergent. Fights break out in the streets of Abnegation and Beatrice along with Four are captured. Four is given a serum for mind control for the Divergent and Beatrice is left to die. However, she is saved by her mother who dies in the process. She meets up with her father and Marcus (Four’s father) and where the rest of the Abnegation members are hiding. Beatrice, her father, and Marcus set out to find the computer controlling the Dauntless members as they face many fights on their way. Beatrice’s father dies in combat, afterwards she finds “Four” and is able to convert him back to his senses and shut down the computer. “Four faces Marcus for the first time in two years and Beatrice is reunited with her brother and they all seek refuge with the Amity faction.

    The concept of Divergent reminded me a bit of The Hunger Games, as they both involve a futuristic world with a teenage girl that is sent away from her family to, in the end, fight for her life and the ones she cares about most. I enjoyed Divergent much more than The Hunger Games, as it seemed a bit more realistic and emotional along with the contents of the book generally making more sense than The Hunger Games. I believe Divergent had great lessons and themes to teach about what’s most important to you in life. And that life will throw many obstacles as well as desirables at you and to make the most of what you’re given or to get up and keep walking forward even if events don’t play into your hands (getting a faction you didn’t want or weren’t ready for). I’m curious as to what sort of impact religion may play later in this trilogy, as it doesn’t play much of a role in Divergent, when in reality the juggernauts of today’s religious world would seem very controversial in Beatrice’s world. I plan on further reading this trilogy and hoping to find out.

  2. bachbooks Says:

    Divergent tells the story of Beatrice (aka. Tris) who lives in a dystopian Chicago where society is divided into five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. In their 16th year, teens take an aptitude test to determine which faction best fits their personality and character. Knowing the results of their tests, each person chooses which faction to join. For some the choice proves easy and natural; others struggle to determine their proper place. Tris has to make a challenging choice between fidelity to her family and faction or honesty with herself. In her new faction, she faces a series of brutal initiations and discovers new friends, new foes, and a plot to overthrow the government.

    Fans have billed this book as “Better than the Hunger Games,” but, at this point, I would call it a draw. Divergent presents Tris as a powerful and courageous young woman who rises to meet the challenges of a gritty, brutal world. (As the father of a young daughter, I appreciate the emergence of a new breed of strong and capable literary heroines.) Though I found Divergent more violent and “mature” than the Hunger Games, I didn’t feel as connected to the main characters. Tris faces a cloudy web of challenges far more complex than a battle between life and death, but this complexity of the plot doesn’t necessary breed connection. I liked Tris and Four, but I don’t love them yet. After I read Insurgent I will have a better idea of how the two series truly compare.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: The Hunger Games, Ship Breaker, The Road, 1984, Twilight, The Giver

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