Divergent by Veronica Roth
First in the Divergent Trilogy
Beatrice Prior lives in Chicago, but her Chicago isn’t like ours. Her Chicago is divided into factions and she resides in Abnegation, the selfless faction. The problem is Beatrice doesn’t feel selfless and she’s always in a constant waging war within herself. The Choosing Ceremony is finally upon her and she can finally make her decision, but her test results come out inconclusive. Instead she learns she’s Divergent and she must keep it a secret if she wants to survive. Especially when she chooses to become Dauntless and she becomes the person she has always wanted to be, but there are traitors and betrayers in every faction and she’s never safe.
What to say about Divergent? I love it and it’s just that simple. I have about twenty pages of notes on everything in Divergent. For once I was completely excited to read a book for school. This book was just so awesome and it was more amazing than I thought it would. The writing while chopping and basic at times was completely engrossing and I was on a whirlwind adventure in the dystopian streets of Chicago. I absolutely love Chicago and having visited it not even a year ago was one of the best trips of my life. It was magical and to see it deteriorate into a shell of itself was captivating. The descriptions of certain places brought back memories and even if slightly different I felt comfort in it.
I’m not sure what to cover and what to say because there is so much I want to say and not enough space or time. I could go on for hours about Divergent and trust me, every other sophomore and I have. This is a book that has become the talk of the school, everyone wants to get their hands on a copy because everyone feels left out when people talk about it. Divergent is the talk of my school. I absolutely adore Divergent and I sped through it when reading. I remember sitting in English class and I was just getting to the famous capture the flag scene and then I would be 80 pages ahead by the end of class. This book is just a fast read, but there are snags. Divergent can get boring at times, but it is just so good at others. I guess I’ll talk about the characters before I move onto other aspects of the book.
The main female character is Beatrice, who later becomes Tris. Tris is such a better name and thank God she changed into something actually cool and not downright silly. I liked Tris for a great portion of the book. I think she’s a strong character, who grew into herself and became her own person, but she’s also a bitch. There was that one scene after [the beating and she refused to forgive Al and even after his suicide was okay with his death. (hide spoiler)] I don’t like that at all. I get she was hurt, but what the hell? You are supposedly ranked into Abnegation (Divergent is Dauntless, Abnegation, and Erudite) and yet you can be a bitch like that. She did redeem herself because I eventually understood where she was coming from, but still. It’s easy to like her, but she also easy to hate.
Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8.5
The main male character is Four, which is an incredibly stupid name and I will continue to call him Tobias in this review and the rest of the books. Tobias is just absolutely…
No words can describe my complete fangirling that I experienced when reading Fourtris parts. He was just so perfect and I loved him. Tobias, if you turn into an ass in the next books I will go Dauntless on your ass.
Swoon Worthy Scale: 9.5
The Villain- RAGE! RAGE everywhere! Pretty much a good portion of the ending was just me feeling angry towards the Erudite and the leaders of Dauntless. They are all stupid idiots and I will personally inject Jeanine with her own control serum.
Villain Scale: 8.5
I love Christina, Will, and Al. Christina came off as a bit of a bitch at first, but she grows on you and she easily became one of my favorite characters. Will isn't really as present as some of the characters, but I still loved him. Al, poor Al. Uriah is one of my favorite of all the minor characters! He's just so awesome. Caleb, Tris's brother, I can see through his BS and I know that since he's Erudite he shouldn't be trusted. Peter is nothing but trouble, but adding him in at the ending proves for interesting future moments.
Character Scale: 9
I love the idea of the factions. I think it is just absolutely fascinating and it’s interesting to see how easily people will allow be categorized into a group and following them like sheep. It’s incredibly interesting. Candor is obviously my favorite of the factions; because that was my faction I received after the Faction Quiz. It fits me though. I’m always honest and that’s probably why a lot of people don’t like me. Abnegation is the one faction I could not deal with being in. Amity is just there, but I know that they have more presence in the next book. Dauntless was my favorite before the end of the book and Erudite can just go die in a whole. My thoughts aren’t really intelligent at the moment and I’m easily distracted. Think of this review more as my brain throwing up fangirl thoughts, much like how Twilight was written.
Cover Thoughts: I love the cover! It’s one of my favorite dystopian covers, but I must say that the Allegiant cover is absolutely stunning in comparison.