November 28, 2014
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Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth

A few months back I asked our followers if there were any new and upcoming books I should check out and I was overwhelmed with the amount of people that recommended Divergent. I had remembered seeing a trailer advertising the movie that’ll be coming out next Spring but had no idea it was a book. Our following has been right on more than one occasion so I figured, why not?

Upon reading the first chapter or so, I couldn’t get over how similar it was to Hunger Games. I kept thinking to myself, how did a book that was such a blatant ripoff gain so much popularity, even enough to be turned into a movie? I had to keep reading to figure out what made it stand apart. Good thing I did.

The overall backbone of the story is similar to Hunger Games; one girl, misunderstood and underestimated by her government, takes matters into her own hands with a love interest by her side. The writing is on a young adult level, so it’s pretty easy to blaze through, but the meat of the story is interesting enough to leave you wanting more. It’s a page turner where you never notice the number of the pages.

To sum up the plot without too many spoilers:

Beatrice is a part of Abnegation, one of the five factions of her government. In Abnegation, a citizen is taught that selflessness is of utmost importance and will be most necessary to maintaining an effective government, but each faction believes differently. Erudite thinks intelligence is the most important, Candor believes in honesty, Amity values amicability and kindness, and Dauntless puts courage above everything else. The idea is that a blend of these five factions will create the perfect society.

Until one faction starts exercising their power over the others. I’ll let you guess which.

When children reach 16 years of age, they take a test to determine which faction is best suited for them, and then they choose which faction they’ll spend the rest of their lives with. Some of the choices in the book are incredibly surprising, others not so much.

But what if the test they take is inconclusive? What if they’re unable to determine which faction is best for them? They call that Divergent – bum bum bummmm.

I just got the second book in the series and as soon as I’m done reading the millions of other books I’m wanting to read, I’ll continue with the Divergent triology. In the mean time, check out the link to the movie being released this Spring:

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Will is a recent graduate from Florida State University and transplant to Los Angeles who makes the occasional video on YouTube documenting his life with his fiancé and German Shepherd.
  • Samantha

    I LOVE DIVERGENT TRIS IS MY FAV FEMALE PROTAGONIST SHE GETS SHIT DONE

  • Piso

    guess i will have to get this book and read it then

  • Jessica

    Divergent is so good! I read it in 24 hours. It’s the best of the three in the series, but I did read all of them. Girl, that ending… THAT ENDING! I can’t wait for you to finish the series to see your reaction.

  • calaura51

    i need to start reading it asap

  • Len Kagamine O2

    YAS!!! i freak out when i saw this post!!! YES its such a good book!!!
    Currently i have Mockingjay and Insurgent on my shelf right now..
    Reading mockingjay and then insurgent.

  • Daniel Park

    An intriguing dystopian attempt to re-create Aristotle’s Nicomachean ethics (commonly known as “virtue theory”) except that, in Nicomachean ethics, it is essential for the individual to develop a “portfolio” approach to the virtues, gathering and enhancing your ability to exercise virtues through life experience. The lynchpin of this kind of ethnical theory is that all virtues enhance each other in each person. Granted even this works, there remains the (valid) criticism that society would become conservative and reactionary without the ability to develop new concepts of virtue over time. Apply that to a world where choosing only one rigid virtue is possible and you have the recipe for the disaster that unfolds in these books.

  • Piso

    Guess I will have to read this soon or atleast before the movie comes out

  • Piso

    ;)

  • AgentL

    So what should I do first: read the book or watch the movie?

  • stevencahillau

    Loved Divergent! Loved Insurgent .. now reading Allegiant.

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