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by Veronica Roth

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In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

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22 Dec 2012 18:14:25

Divergent: a literary road to awesome!
I have heard many good things about this dystopian novel prior to reading, both from online reviews and from fellow readers who said the book was incredible. Always trying to keep an open mind when it comes to reading, I ordered the book from one of my town's libraries. It took two weeks, but I finally got it. As soon as I opened to the first page, I was hooked.
Divergent itself is about a young woman, nicknamed Tris, living in a dystopian society where North America is split into factions based on personality: abnegation (the selfless leaders of government), candor (the honest), erudite (the intelligent), and the most dangerous of all, dauntless (the brave). It starts out with sixteen year old Beatrice Pryor on her way to take the test all young adults her age have to be administered to find out which faction they shall spend the rest of their lives in. When Tris takes the test, her results come back "inconclusive" and she is marked as being "divergent", hence the title of the book. When someone is divergent, it means that they aren't limited to just one faction, marking them a possible rebel against the government who must be marked for death.
Tris is told by her test administrator not to divulge her inconclusive results with anyone, for fear that she might become the next target, and sent home. Upon returning to her abnegation home, a modest place where everyone wears gray and does charitable deeds for no reason other than to do it, she realizes that she must make a decision between staying with her family's faction or being selfish and escaping to dauntless.
Spoiler alert: she transfers... and her father, a prestigious member of the government, is not happy about it.
The majority of this book is Tris molding herself into a member of the dauntless faction as she goes through a seemingly brutal initiation where young transfers must fight each other to the brink of death, master weaponry and battle, and face their deepest darkest fears in mental simulations. We see our main heroine transform from a skinny "Stiff" as her antagonists call her, to a strong and fierce warrior with a thirst to prove herself. We do see a bit of a teacher-student relationship blossoming, but it isn't necessarily forced to the point of slamming the book down and leaving the story unfinished out of exasperation. We meet some very interesting side characters, but our main focus pretty much wants to stay with Tris. The fight scenes are interesting, though gory and painful to imagine actually experiencing in reality, and the big battle at the end will leave you reaching for a tissue for both tears and blood from biting your lip so hard with anticipation.
All-in-all, I'd rate this book at a 9/10 stars. Why not a total ten? With every good story, there will always be a few flaws. They aren't very major, but they do tend to irk me a bit. For one, the side characters tend to get a bit annoying at times with fits of unnecessary jealousy and acts of douchebaggery. The way Tris has to act vulnerable near the end just to get her "friends" on her side just made me so angry I wanted to punch something! If they were truly her friends, they would've stuck with her to the end, whether or not she was weak and didn't pose a threat.
Another thing that bothered me is the sick and twisted turns that these characters would make out of the blue! For instance, near the end, Tris is attacked and kidnapped by rival Peter and a few of his friends along with a boy she assumed was her ally. We already know that Peter and his crew are a demented sort who doesn't accept second place, but this other supposedly good character? He showed no sign of wanting to hurt Tris, and even expressed a sort of discreet crush on her. This kidnapping and allowing Peter to make sexual advances to our heroine as she's tied and gagged.... It's just... It's just so messed up! I know it's supposed to be a plot twist, but I think we needed some signs that he was capable of doing something so wrong. I don't know.
Finally, I must point out the random assortment of killed off characters. I won't mention who dies, but the body count is just so high for only the first book in a series! If these same characters had had the same situation happen in book one's ending, but didn't get picked off until book two, I feel it would've made the deaths feel a little bit harsher and more tender to the heart. We weren't given a chance to really give these people some depth, to connect with them on a human level. When I read about their demises, I didn't feel much. Even those we're supposed to cry over intensely were a little too quick.
They're running, they're shooting, BAM!, they fall over and die. The end of that person.
So while it does have problems, the overall story is magnificent and I feel I must praise Veronica Roth for this incredible book series. I couldn't stop reading, even at times when I really needed to study for midterms. Finishing the book, I was almost thoroughly satisfied, minus the problems listed above. Would I recommend this to any other readers? Of course! And I cannot wait to read Insurgent to find out what happens with Tris, Caleb, Peter, and Tobias.

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08 Apr 2013 03:54:15

Oh yay! Lets just download crap to our phones and sign up for random things! This website is a lie!!!

20 Jan 2013 07:13:49

This isn't the book Divergent. It's the book in the picture.

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