Been a long time since I last had a book review. I’ve been reading a lot of books lately, Wattpad stories, as well but didn’t have the chance to talk about it in my blog. So, Divergent is my recent read and I totally loved it! I wanted to read this book a long time ago but Leoniedeth can’t lend it to me since our teacher in English had to read it because Deth used this for her book report.
In a dystopian Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior has always felt different from the rest of her family. She was raised in the Abnegation faction, meaning that she has been trained to be selfless. Despite her plain and altruistic upbringing, being selfless has never come naturally to Beatrice. She is conflicted by her feelings of loneliness and extraneousness.
There are five factions and once you turn sixteen, you will take an aptitude test that will determine which faction you belong in. Then, there’s the choosing ceremony where you will cut your wrist(?) and there are five bowls containing each symbol of the factions. The bowl where you will let your blood drop is the faction you’ll belong for the rest of your life.
At first, I really can’t get what ‘divergent’ means but as the book progresses, I think I realized it. During Beatrice’s aptitude test, the result showed that she can be an Erudite (intelligent), Abnegation (selfless) and Dauntless (brave). If you’re a Divergent, you carry on a lot of the qualities of the factions in which you were qualified and that was the thing for Tris (she changed her name after she jumped off the rooftop for the Dauntless’ initiation). Even if she’s a Dauntless, she still has the ways of an Abnegation.
Divergent is an amazing read. You can learn a lot about bravery and selflessness and caring for your family. Even about love. What I loved about Tris’ and Four’s relationship is that they didn’t say “I love you” until the end of the book. It is a mature act: not saying the three words unless you’re really sure it’s what you’re feeling.
The action is also amazing and the development of the story is fast-paced that you wouldn’t be able to put it down. There’s something about the book that makes you feel attached to the characters. And somehow, even if it’s in a dystopian setting (meaning an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives), it didn’t made me feel surreal. Instead, I felt realistic because it teaches me a lesson that life doesn’t just go by what other people wants but of what you want.
“Humans can’t tolerate happiness for long.” -Tris
“Why do you say vague things if you don’t wanna be asked about them?” -Tris to Four
I can’t tell you more about the story because you should read it.
Veronica Roth is an American bestselling author known for her debut novel trilogy, the Divergent trilogy. She is 23 and has been writing for about 12 years. In her blog she states that “with shoes she is 6 feet” tall.
The second book among the trilogy will be released on May:
I also heard there are plans of turning Divergent into a movie. Who do you think would fit as Beatrice Prior and Four? Oh well, it better be good!
Faction before blood,
Which faction do you belong in?