Book Review: Divergent By Veronica Roth
Beatrice Prior resides in a dystopian Chicago where society is divided into five different factions. These factions were created to grow specific virtues and to bring harmony to the world— Candor, Dauntless, Amity, Erudite, and Abnegation. On a designated day once a year each and every sixteen year old among the factions must make a choice, a choice that transforms their future. On this day each one is to decide the faction they will be devoted to for the rest of their lives. The choice for Beatrice is to live her life with her family, or be who she really is— there is no way she can have both. The decision she makes is one that surprises everyone— including herself.
After the decisions have been made the new initiates all go through their chosen factions’ initiation. Beatrice, now called Tris , struggles with the other initiates in order to live out the choice they have made. The initiates undergo tests that challenge them in every way—physically, mentally, and emotionally—some having dire consequences. Initiation is a transforming time and during it Tris has to determine who her true friends are and how a new relationship with a fascinating, sometimes overwhelming boy all fit into her new life. Through all of this Tris has been holding back information, about herself, that she has been warned not to share or it could lead to her death. She soon discovers conflict and unrest that threatens to destroy the seemingly perfect society she once knew, she even comes to discover that her secret may be the one thing that can save them all—or it could be the one thing that destroys her.
Divergent was a fun, addicting, action-packed read that hooked me from page one. Its unique and imaginative concept is thickly layered without ever becoming difficult to follow. It wasn't at all plausible, but it also never became over-the-top or silly. It was a perfectly formulated source of enjoyment and a captivating read!
I can't touch on plot details because there is too much mystery to potentially spoil, but I will say that the story revolves around an alternate world that has been divided into factions representing five honorable human traits. The people who inhabit these factions follow rules and stick to their "group". But even a carefully constructed society contains individuals hungry for more power; those who will go to any extent to obtain it.
I loved the deeper meaning generated throughout this story: how these human virtues are singled out and thoroughly defined. We see the good and bad of each, as well as the consequential aftermath. We are shown the impact and power of these values combined. Although this book represents a dystopian world, there are universal truths to be found within its pages.
-“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”
The characters were perfection. Our Heroine, Tris (Beatrice) is strong, independent, and quick to adapt. She endures an honest struggle to define herself and her worth.
Four displays honorable traits and was incredibly easy to love. He's a gentle hero, with a fierce determination. I enjoyed the slow build-up to his relationship with Tris, and the fact the he wasn't quick to fawn all over her—yet the way he defended her honor was admirable. Their romance was youthful, and sweet—very realistic for their tender age.
The fans of “The Hunger Games” and other such dystopian novels are going to love this book. It has less violence as compared to THG but a strong and completely different storyline. Another thing! Thank God there isn’t any clichéd love triangle in this book. Our Four-Tris ship is gonna sail without any icebergs for quite a long time.
My Favorite Quotes From Book:
-“Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.” -Four
-“Then I realize what it is. It's him. Something about him makes me feel like I am about to fall. Or turn to liquid. Or burst into flames.”-Tris
-“Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up”-Four
-“Politeness is deception in pretty packaging.”
I recommend this bad-ass and gripping book to all of you and rate it:
Reviewed By : Fouzia Umer
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