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In Veronica Roth’s dystopian book Divergent there are five different factions that a person can be a part of. During the year a person would turn 16, they decided which faction they are going to join. Most choose the one they were born and raised in. Here are my interpretation of the five factions: the AP student- as in “going to Harvard for free” people, the super kind people (sometimes you wonder if they’re being legit because they’re too kind), the “really rude because they’re extremely honest” people (don’t we all know the phrase: ‘No offense, but’), the BA people (as in jumping off moving trains and being stupid YOLO) and last and the least- stereotypical 60’s hippies. In this make believe world everybody’s genes are wired towards one of these five personalities. (This is when I started to doubt the book. Get me on a day with little or no sleep and count the different personalities I have). If you do not have one of these five personalities you are an enemy to the state! Ok, well not right away, but you are Divergent. And if you’re Divergent, don’t you dare tell anybody because it’s bad.
My first issue with Divergent was the whole idea of these five factions. It’s silliness! Go to work, go to school, heck, go to mall and you will see many more than five different personalities. The book presents five different core beliefs, and you can only have one. Right, because there are only five different religious beliefs in the real world which make this seem plausible….but that wasn’t my only issue with this book. The main character goes from going to school, to choosing your life. One day you’re in school, you get this test and then the next day you choose your faction. For the next month or so you’re in training and BAM you’re an adult with a job associated with your special faction. Huh? Does this happen in real life? I can answer that for you, no. Also, the lack of adults really drove me bananas. There were kids teaching kids stuff, that wouldn’t really happen. I would not be qualified to teach a class after a year, maybe two, of study. How do you become a teacher, oh, just four years of school, at least! So that didn’t make any sense. But at this point I shouldn’t really be expecting the book to make any sense.
As much as I wasn’t a fan of this book, there were things I liked. Beatrice, the main character, I liked. Though her world was far from every being okay, she could exist. Her character was real, and I could imagine seeing her walking down the street. In fact, most of the characters I liked. Wonderful character development all around; but you can only get too attached to a character that is in a world that would never happen. And, when the fighting happens, people die. Though that might sound odd, I personally cannot stand when a huge epic battle happens and none of the characters you’ve come to love die because that doesn’t happen in real life. Even though this society would never come to be, Roth does try to have the things that happen in it buyable. Let’s see…what else did I like….yeah, I think that’s about it.
So maybe I’m being a little harsh on Divergent; after all, I had to put it on hold because of its popularity in order to read it. There is obviously something there or it wouldn’t be as popular as it is.
What do you think? Does their world look how you imagined it? Will Shailene Woodley be convincing as Tris? Sound off in the comments!
Did you guys know that they’re making Divergent into a movie? Shailene Woodley from The Secret Life of the American Teenager is going to play Tris! If you already read the book and are looking for something similar to read while you anxiously await the movie, check out some of these other futuristic, dystopian novels that have lots of action and strong teen characters:
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
BOOK READ RECENTLY:
Author: Veronica Roth
Other books in series or Standalone: First in a trilogy. Look for the second book, tentatively titled Insurgent, in spring/summer 2012.
First Impressions: I had almost grown tired of dystopian novels since every author out there is trying to replicate the wild success of The Hunger Games, but the premise of this novel (not to mention the stellar reviews) piqued my interest. It’s set in a futuristic Chicago where all citizens are split into different factions based on what they value: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, and Amity. When kids turn 16, they can choose to stay with the faction they were born into, or they can switch. Beatrice was born into Abnegation, who value selflessness. But when her test marks her as a Divergent who doesn’t truly belong to any one faction, she chooses to switch to Dauntless, where courage is valued above all else. There she must learn to function in a group that is totally different than what she is used to and discover what it truly means to be fearless.
Last Impressions: Of all the dystopian YA books that have come out in the wake of The Hunger Games, my favorite is definitely Divergent. This is probably due to the fact that Beatrice (who goes by Tris once she becomes Dauntless) is a really cool, tough girl who is more like Katniss than any of the lovestruck girls in the other dystopian tales I’ve read lately. In choosing Dauntless as her faction, and going through with all the trials involved in becoming Dauntless, Tris proves that she’s worthy of being called brave and self-sufficient. There’s also a love story, but like The Hunger Games, it’s not the main focus. It’s much more action-based, and figuring out who you are is the core of the story. Divergent was an exciting and interesting read, and I’d definitely recommend it!
Favorite Moment (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT): Tris gliding along a wire off of a 100-story building on a Dauntless adventure. I’m scared of everything and could therefore never be Dauntless, but this sounded so cool!
Thoughts on the bookcover: I know you’re “not supposed to judge a book by the cover”, but the cover is one of the reasons I picked up the book. The big fiery symbol is a great depiction of what Dauntless is all about, and it’s always nice to see the Chicago skyline.
People who should read this: If you liked The Hunger Games, I’m pretty confident that you’ll like this! It’s really got a little something for everyone. There’s lots of action, a new world to imagine, a love story, and more.
If you like this book, you may also like: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Matched by Ally Condie