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Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

 
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Overview
 

Highlights: Romance AND zip-lining off the top of the Sears Tower? Yes, please!
 
Synopsis: Divergent by Veronica Roth is an adrenaline-filled adventure set in dystopian Chicago. Beatrice "Tris" Prior must learn what it means to be fearless as she is initiated into the Dauntless Faction of society, knowing that she holds a dangerous secret.
 
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Rating:
 
Plot
A


 
Writing
B+


 
Characters
A-


 
Fun Factor
A+


 
Reading Recommendation
A


 
Total Score
A
13/ 14


User Rating
2 total ratings

 

Positives


So incredibly action-packed and fast-paced that you won't be able to put it down.

Negatives


In this reviewer's opinion, the rest of the trilogy is not as strong as the first novel.


Bottom Line

Beatrice “Tris” Prior must make a difficult decision between staying with her family in the Abnegation faction and switching factions. Once she makes that decision, she is sent on an intense initiation process for her chosen faction. Faction-borns and converts must compete to prove their worth, dedication, and talents in the faction. The process includes both mental and physical tests, but the biggest test of all is a dangerous secret Tris holds close — and she has yet to realize the power of what she knows.

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Divergent summary: Dystopian factions and fears

In the future, dystopian Chicago society is broken down into five factions:

  • CANDOR: The honest
  • DAUNTLESS: The fearless
  • ERUDITE: The intelligent
  • AMITY: The peaceful
  • ABNEGATION: The selfless

Everyone is born and raised into a faction. At sixteen, teenagers must take a virtual test indicating their aptitude for a particular faction. A special ceremony is held and these teens begin a new life in their chosen factions, according to their personalities and strengths. The whole of society is build upon citizens having one strength, one dominate quality that effectively segregates them into a proper place. They’ve been bred that way.

Beatrice “Tris” Prior must make a difficult decision between staying with her family in the Abnegation faction and switching factions. Once she makes that decision, she is sent on an intense initiation process for her chosen faction. Faction-borns and converts must compete to prove their worth, dedication, and talents in the faction. The process includes both mental and physical tests, but the biggest test of all is a dangerous secret Tris holds close — and she has yet to realize the power of what she knows.

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Divergent review: Not for the faint of heart!

I always describe this book as sort of Harry Potter meets The Hunger Games. The factions always remind me of the Hogwarts Houses, dividing the people based on single traits. The initiation process feels quite like the Hunger Games arena, with death as a very real consequence of not making the cut. Not every initiate can become a full member of the faction, and anyone who fails becomes “factionless,” homeless and a non-citizen. To avoid this fate, initiates turn on each other and alliances are formed. This initiation process makes up the bulk of the book.

Divergent was voted the Goodreads Choice Award for Favorite Book in 2011. This means that Goodreads readers selected it from all books in all categories as their favorite read of the year. Only one book was selected. Now, of course, the book has received additional attention as film production has begun for a March 2014 release of the Divergent movie, starring Shailene Woodly as Tris. It’s one of many YA books-to-movies hitting theaters soon, and the story is action-packed enough that it should translate very well to this format. Some have even been calling the franchise “the next Hunger Games,” so….look out, Katniss!

Divergent is a winner because it’s impossible to put down. Even if readers are critical of the dystopian trend or Roth’s simplistic writing, it’s still a story that will capture attention. Roth gets the story rolling from the first few pages and never lets up. My advice is to start the novel on a rainy afternoon with plenty of time to get sucked in. I made the mistake of starting before bed, a mistake that was realized when I found myself reading until 3am and ruining my hopes for a decent night’s sleep.

So go forth and read the book, read the sequel (Insurgent), see the movie, and let us know what you think! Already read the book? We’d also love to hear from you. Which faction represents you? Thoughts on Four? Predictions for the movie? Share them in the comments below!


Tara

 
Former middle school teacher and school librarian, current doctoral student in education. Reader of all things young adult. I'm particularly fond of dystopian societies, sassy female protagonists, and clever dialogue. I can often be found asleep with a book on my face. Check out all my articles.


2 Comments


  1.  

    Fabulous review! I loved this book as well and can’t wait for the movie. Something I loved was how wonderfully healthy the teen romance was in this book. Since this is something some “other” YA novels don’t have, I know parents will love buying this for their strong-minded young women (and men!).




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      I am always disappointed by the movies. I figure this will be the same. The book was pretty good too. I think there were gaps in the plot though that could have been fixed. Nothing is perfect i guess.

      Good review though.





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