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.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are?and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
It might be the fact that it is 8am and I have yet to sleep, or that I’ve had a bit too much coffee when I say this book is killer, but honestly, it really is a killer.
I’m not much to read YA trilogies unless it’s a book that has been raved about for months on end (Maze Runner and The Hunger Games). Even then, it takes even more persuasion to actually finish the whole damn trilogy, that of which I have NOT done for either the Maze Runner or the Hunger Games for reasons I have but cannot think of in my state of mind. Forgive me. Please.
So, Divergent is a book that is quite often compared to the Hunger Games. I try to see it, and at times I force myself to formulate theories as to how it may fit in, but really, there really isn’t much of a comparison other than the fact that it is YA, it is dystopian, there is some action, and there is a lovely blossoming romance (I tried to make that as over-the-top as possible). I feel as if most of the inclinations to compare the books emerge from the fact that Divergence was the next novel to be hyped up to a level near The Hunger Games mania, and, not so much the overwhelming similarities.
Beatrice is the main character within the novel and I really did like her. She reminded me of Katniss-do I sound hypocritical?- but without her overdramatic scenes involving her family. Don’t get me wrong, Beatrice, obviously cared for her family, but on the other hand, she recognized that from the start, she wasn’t cut out for the predestined life outline drafted by her parents 10 years before her conception. It is her ferocious, witty, natural selection-esque mentality that makes the novel bearable.
The novel overall is quite fast paced. Though, I find that many dystopian novels drag the foundation building of world elements and government a bit too much, Divergent did it quite seamlessly.The concept of 5 factions automatically made my mind think back to Harry Potter with the four houses, and now that I think about it, I’m almost positive it had a definite influence on this novel. Hmmm, maybe I should write to Veronica Roth about this! Aside from that, I loved most of the background foundation to this novel, though I am very curious as to why she didn’t explain in more detail about what lies beyond the city. But, i’m sure it will get covered in the later books.
Now, I was going to attempt a spoiler-free analysis of the ending to the novel, but now that I think about it, I’m almost sure that “spoiler-free analysis of the ending” is an oxymoron, and that it would be far off from being spoiler free. I guess all I can say about the later part of Divergent is that the action in those critical moments last longer than any other novel that I have read. True facts.
A definite thrill ride to the end, and a definite reread. Maybe I’ll actually finish a trilogy for once!
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“We have each other memorized”