I’m starting reviews on the website. I watch a lot of movies, TV shows and read loads of books, my whole life revolves around it, so I figure why not.
DIVERGENT Book Review:
For the record I’m a huge fan of THE HUNGER GAMES and I realize that sometimes when you finish books like this, you want more. I’m guessing that’s why author Veronica Roth got on the dystopian bandwagon. I read a few dystopians past couple of weeks, and most notable being DIVERGENT and THE 100. Divergent for me was a good enough read, but where THE HUNGER GAMES was a total five star book for me, DIVERGENT only came to about 3.5, reason being that while the story was complete and there were no faults as such, it just wasn’t nearly as good as The Hunger Games. The story was there, the actions scenes were good and there’s a whole lot of them, which is great too but I couldn’t feel for the characters much. It was fine, for someone who wants a light dystopian read, but just make sure the writing is nothing like the Hunger Games books. I’m still totally going to see the movie though. In my opinion, Hunger Games was the most unique book I’ve read in so long. It was abstract, it talks about underlying issues, about societal norms that shouldn’t be norms in the first place, and about the potential of human ruthlessness. DIVERGENT on the other hand, is about the plot that is mentioned in the blurb and nothing more, which is fine for a book I suppose, but not enough to make it a memorable enough read.
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-old must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
What’s your verdict? Yay or Nay?