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Short Description for Divergent In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
- Published: 01 March 2012
- Format: Paperback 576 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780062024039 ISBN 10: 0062024035
- Sales rank: 340
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One of the best books I've read all year!
The best thing you can do as a reader is dive into a book you have zero expectations for. If you do this, you'll do yourself and the author a favor by actually enjoying the book and fulfilling the author's goal to entertain the masses.
Divergent was dubbed "The Favorite Book" of Goodreads in 2011. I remember voting for it just because it was popular and not because I've actually read it. At that time, I wondered why the book was such a success. I wondered why it was so appealing to the young and old. I was actually pretty shocked that some of my friends didn't find the book impressive at all. And that's probably why I held no expectations for Divergent and it's now one of the best books I've read all year, of course, it'll be beside Feed by Mira Grant.
The first chapter began and the alternative universe Roth paints for us reminded me so much of many other Dystopian books out there. It was like Suzanne Collins, Ally Condie, Beth Revis and Veronica Roth were in the same writing group when they first started their debut novels. I complained so much at the beginning about its similarities to other books but then fifty pages in and I began to eat my own words, the book got really good, really fast.
The main reason why I loved the book so much was because of how human and me, Trice, the main character, was. She is one of the best protagonists I've read all year and I realized one thing: the best protagonists are the kind who sees themselves not as victims but as humans, who can overcome any obstacle they face. Trice faces any obstacle head on and that kind of determination you see in a character will inspire you to take life by it's hands, so you can lead your own way through it instead of the other way around.
The book had a gloomy and colorful world. In this alternative universe, the world is divided into factions wherein people are sorted by their personalities. The Abnegation Faction are the Selfless, Amity are the people of peace and arts, Candor are the honest, Dauntless are the brave, and Erudite are the intelligent. Life in this world is a lot simpler and people stuck with their factions and wars rarely broke out.
Now, for Divergent, what does it really mean? I actually went through 250 pages and I still couldn't figure out what it was. I might have been a little slow when I read this book so I couldn't process the obvious. Haha. I realized what Divergent was when I understood that Trice was flawed and truly human, and not selfless like the people of Abnegation. She wasn't wholly truthful like the honest of Candor, she wasn't peaceful and free like the Amity and not completely smart like the Erudite or fearless like the Dauntless. She was Divergent, rare and yet, she seems to meet a lot of people who are or used to know a Divergent.
I really loved following Trice and her adjustment to her new faction. I enjoyed laughing when she did, fighting and being angry along with her. I cried when she did and hurt when she did. Trice is incredibly realistic and the true heroine to follow in any Young Adult book.
I was surprised to find that the book held more character developments and growth rather than big leaps of plots and twists. It's refreshing and impressive; especially when Roth manages to write the most enthralling character developments I've ever read. She's a poet in her own little way and I absolutely love her writing style.
Divergent is a brilliant book of friendship, betrayal, family and the true meaning of selflessness. Roth has written a wonderful book that will leave you a month later still thinking about her book. I can't wait to pick up the next book and the movie isn't far off. by Najla Qamber
Also published in "A Cup of Coffee and a Book"
*This review might contain spoilers!*
OH MY FREAKING GOD!!!!!
When my friend Carla told me I would love Divergent I wasn't expecting to completely fall madly in love with it. It's one of the BEST books I've ever read!
This books grips you since page one and when you finally find yourself back in reality again you've read around 200 pages without even noticing it. That happened to me during the night whilst reading this book. I've read 250 pages in two hours - that's something which has never happened to me.
Divergent is a Dystopia book - yah, can't you notice how Dystopia is slowly becoming my favourite genre? - which tells the story of Beatrice "Tris" Prior and her battle to keep her true self hidden. Yes, I do think that's a way to summarise the story. There's so much going on in the book I can't go around telling you all about it. It's a book you MUST read.
Tris starts the book as a person who has to live with the strict rules of Abnegation. She can't look at herself in the mirror, she can't talk during dinner, she can't even think about herself - that's completely against the ideals of Abnegation. She doesn't fit in it but, at the same time, there's a part of here that will always be part of that faction. Well, she might not fit in any faction since she's a Divergent - she has a little bit of all factions within her. Her character develops in a steady way, learning with her mistakes and feelings. He's honest and human. I liked her character a lot because she wasn't that sort of weak character that faints as soon as something terrible happens. No, she sees her parents die before her eyes but keeps fighting. She's a bad-ass!!!
Four (or should I call you...) holy smokes!!!
Four is, perhaps, my all time favourite male character in the world!!! He's ruthless but caring; he's a bad-guy but loveable; he's complicated and I absolutely adore him. He got a troubled past which made him abandon his original faction in favour of Dauntless. At the beginning he's mysterious and that made me intrigued. I wanted to know more about him, get to the depths of his soul and understand why he looks so trouble. His fears, his ways of dealing with bravery, with Tris, with Eric... God!!! He's just as human as Tris - perhaps a little bit more in my humble opinion - and the ultimate fascinating hero.
And that scene in the train between Tris and Four - when they go together to the city?! That's got to be one of the most romantic, adorable, perfect scenes I've ever read in my life.
Veronica Roth's writing was absolutely perfect. Never did the action weaver even with the romance within it. She managed to balance both in a way that wasn't cringing. Everything was so real; the emotions, the action, the setting, the characters. She managed to make you grab the book and never stop reading. Each page brought something new to you and you would just lose yourself within the story 'cause you would be desperate to see what was going to happen.
I admit, when Four was injected with the serum and brain-washed by it, I almost had a stroke. I forced myself to stop reading the book in order to clear my thoughts and my mind before continuing. That's how good the story was... it crawls beneath your skin.
Here's the comment I left Carla when I read that scene:
"You could have warned me I would suffer with this book."
I did... I suffered with this book! I suffer for Four, for Tris, for the entire plot and twists it had. But it was a good kind of undergo :)
It seems to me that I've been picking up amazing books recently. And this is definitely one PERFECT book.
If you haven't read it yes, what the hell are you waiting for?! by Leonor (Ner)