After a long (*longest ever*) reading slump I wanted to dive back into the reading cycle and picked up a much hyped book Divergent by Veronica Roth.
The back summary it’s very vague and confusing.(*cringe*)
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, 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.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Looking for action and fighting, combined with mystery and back-stabbing betrayals, this book is perfect for you.
All said, unfortunately, Divergent readers cannot ignore its resemblance to Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games, directed at the same young adult target audience. In both books, the protagonist is a teen living in the worst conditions who faces against the most daunting of tasks and must learn to defend the lives of those she loves before her own. Tris is recklessly fearless and stubbornly driven. In a nutshell, Katniss Everdeen and Beatrice might be a little too similar.
Review of Divergent
Chicago of the future is a closed city-state. The citizenry really doesn’t have any idea what is beyond their borders. They just know it’s dangerous. Inside the city, humanity is divided into five factions based on moral imperatives. Candor, for instance, values truth above all else. They serve as lawyers and public speakers. Erudite values knowledge. They serve as teachers. Abnegation values self-denial and community service. They are the community’s leaders and alone can be trusted not to be power-hungry.
Our heroine Tris is born into Abnegation, but during her choosing ceremony at age sixteen, she decides to join the Dauntless, who value fearlessness and serve as the society’s soldiers and guards. The novel follows her through her initiation training, during which Tris discovers that their society is not as harmonious as she once believed. Making things even worse, Tris must keep her true aptitude secret. She is in a small minority of people who are divergent — whose skills could suit them for more than one faction. What this means is not at first clear, but it will make Tris’s life very dangerous.
Tris is a great female heroine. She’s smart and tough. I just really enjoyed her personality. When she decided something she followed through no matter how tough it got. And she always fights for what she thinks is right even if it doesn’t concern her. I loved Four too of course. I like how badass leader and so different from the rest of his group. He’s also a really smart character and I really like his and Tris’ relationship. Even the other characters that played a smaller part were all relevant to the plot some way.
Veronica Roth has done a magnificent job at creating the dystopian Chicago, her characters and the plot. Even the cover is beautiful – that is what drew me into the world to start off with. I only had one thing that I could pick at from the book – the pacing at the beginning was a little slow. The story took a couple of chapters to really pick up momentum and really get into the story, but I didn’t find it tedious or dragging. It just simply took a short while to really start getting into the good stuff. But aside from that, the pacing begins to move forward more fluidly and by the end of the story, things are moving along nice and quickly – which suits the magnitude of the action.
Roth’s writing is so unique and incredibly well with both the story and Tris’s character. I developed a connection with Tris emotionally and as I read, I really felt what she would have felt in certain situations: butterflies in my stomach when nervous is fearful; becoming teary when Tris has gone through something upsetting; couldn’t stop smiling when something simply adorable or hilarious pops up. This aspect really boosted my opinions for Roth’s writing skill.
I liked the book no one can argue that Divergent is not a fun read. It is easy to get your imagination and will enjoy. But still it’s too similar to Hunger Games. The dystopian aspect of playing with the sectors’ elements of human nature-ignorance, fear, aggression, dishonesty, and selfishness-is easy to appreciate because those virtues are familiar and relateable to the world today
Credit to Veronica Roth her cliff-hangers are like magnets and do their job quite effectively. Many parts are very well-written but at times the book is kind of predictable.(not because I’ve seen the movie ).
So last words I feel it’s a good book having potential to be a great one sadly it’s too similar to the Hunger Games only if this one came out first.
“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”