Monday, 24 October 2011

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth


At the Other End:
One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs and determines your loyalties...forever
When sixteen-year-old Tris makes her choice, she cannot forsee how drastically her life will change. Or that the perfect society in which she lives is about the unfold into a dystopian world of electrifying decisions, stunning consequences, heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected romance.

First Impressions Last:

Way back when I first brought this book I - like every other book I own - put it lovingly on my shelf and wait for the day to read it from my long pile. From hearing so many good things about this book I couldn't wait to read it and now after I have I can't believe that I waited this long to. It is a brilliant book that I loved for first page to the last - ok maybe not the last only because the book was about finished -

Behind the 487 Pages:

First and foremost, pick up this book now! Loved it completely.

We are first introduced to Tris as someone who is uncomfortable with herself and tries to hold back who she is while trying to find the girl that needs to be Abnegation. We are given little but enough for now insight onto her lifestyle and it's reflections upon her fraction. Even though we know little, this keeps pushing us forward so that we will be able to get insight into these questions. From this we know little of the other Fractions and are willing to know more after we see Tris' encounter with others at her school. Even though throughout the book we are given basic information about the other Fractions, we are at the same knowledge as Tris. This develops our connection with her and are reasoned to think like she does and feel what she feels.

After reading (and during as well) we start to wonder which Fraction we would fit into. We get sucked into the world that we start familiarising with their values and roles that we know what to question and what not to. Some of this shocks us from what we know and now believe shouldn't happen, as well as trying to find the courage in Tris to overcome it. We see her true self show through her time in Dauntless from one to hold back her feelings, curiosities and natural sense from living in Abnegation to it's release while in Dauntless.

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What's Next:

Finding the Time: May 2012
Behind: 496 Pages
About:  One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
(Synopsis from Goodreads)


 We come across Divergent the first time and we learn with Tris about what it really means. (book within a book - reminds me of the mind control... kinda)
With Tris' development from Abnegation to Divergent, we are led on a journey throughout the book through her struggles to finding out who she is and where she really belongs (urgh the dreaded word Belonging). I also thought that seeing as they're travelling to Amity that there would be more information about this Fraction for us. Through the book we forget that there are 5 Fractions and think that it's only Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, (maybe we remember) Candor, and(we don't remember until towards the end) Amity.
I am waiting to see what happens to Peter. Will be be a spy for Dauntless/Erudite in the hopes that he will become one of the leaders? And with Marcus as well. I wonder if Tris, Tobias and Caleb decide to leave them on the train while they get off. Hmm so many questions come to mind about the second book


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