Review: Divergent

*Note: SPOILER ALERTS

Likes:
Easy eading
Pacing
Lots of action

Dislikes:
Simplicity

Honestly, I only read Divergent because I saw the movie trailer and instantly wanted to see it. But, the book and Veronica Roth definitely delivered!

Roth and Divergent are probably ranked in the same vein as Hunger Games. Not that that’s a bad thing, because Suzanne Collins fans will definitely enjoy this book/trilogy. I just think that Roth is much better writer/author than Collins, and for me this book ranks up there with Lois Lowry’s The Giver.

Yeah, that’s showing my age, but…
The worlds of Beatrice (aka Tris) and Jonas are so similar that I was hooked from the start.

I remember reading The Giver in elementary/middle school and just being blown away. Literally mesmerized by this idea of society! It’s as if Roth took an idea like the Districts in Hunger Games and the lottery aspect of The Giver and melded them together. I suppose this shouldn’t be surprising since JK Rowling essentially did the same thing in Harry Potter with that sorting hat. Yet, somehow Roth’s version is so very different from those.

Not only do the citizens of the factions have to undergo the stress of being “tested,” they’re plagued by their own free will. Regardless of what results they receive, it is ultimately up to the individual to choose where they end up and the path life will take. It’s almost like the Amish Rumspringa.

Take a year off, see how you like your new environment and world, then make a life changing (or not-so-life-changing) decision. Only make that decision in a week! There are consequences and sacrifices either way. So, beware. The choice is yours. Should you return, or leave, be even more aware that if you don’t fit into the box so neatly laid out for you, things won’t go as you planned.

As difficult and stressful as life is for Tris, before and after making her big choice, there was just something about her that was appalling. She might be a quick learner, but she’s still dense as hell!

The fact that she, never once, thinks either of her parents could have been from a different faction baffled me. Given her tendency to be curious (which is outside of her allotted nature), that’s probably one of the first things that would have popped into anyone else’s mind! Yet, when she finds out her mom was Dauntless I wanted to slap her because I had figured it out when she came to visit after initiation. Lord, help that poor girl.

Then there were the relationships between characters. To say that none had depth or interest isn’t entirely true. Some did, but Tris’s relationships were where I really wanted the bulk to be. Maybe because she’s oblivious to things (i.e. her brother considering a different faction, Four liking her, her mom’s background). Maybe it’s because the story focuses so much on her, outwardly, that those relationships never really fleshed out. I’m not sure, but I wanted…and expected…more from Tris and Roth on that front.

I’ve yet to indulge and buy the second book, although it has a high chance of happening. Divergent is a way better, and more fun, choice if you’re introducing youngsters to dystopian worlds than Hunger Games would be. Tris and her friends/family are easy to relate to and there’s a ton of action to stay engaged with. There was never a dull moment and once I give in to Amazon, I’m excited to see what will happen between the factions now.

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