Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘DIVERGENT’ (book 1 of the Divergent Series) by Veronica Roth.
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Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent Series
Published date: (February 28th, 2012)
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The Synopsis & My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading ‘DIVERGENT’:
I first read this novel over a year ago and really enjoyed the story of Divergent. There is the first novel of the Divergent trilogy novel series by Veronica Roth and you can expect an entertaining blend of action, suspense and romance. The story is written in one P.O.V.(point of view) which follows the experiences of a young sixteen year old girl named Beatrice Prior living in a futuristic dystopian Chicago. Most people have conformed to a government organized grouping of it’s citizens.
There are 5 groups which are known as ‘factions’. Each faction consists of citizens who specialize and represent one particular virtue and live among others of the same faction. Those factions are: ABNEGATION (which are the Selfless), DAUNTLESS (which are the Brave), AMITY (which are the Peaceful), CANDOR (which are the Honest) and the ERUDITE (which are the Intelligent). All five factions have lived together, yet separately, with no issues and chose the Abnegation to govern their societies because of their lifestyle of selflessness.
When students of these factions become sixteen, they must go through a process to help them choose a faction that fits them best. They may choose the one they are born into or transfer to another. Beatrice and her brother who is only a little bit older than her, Caleb Prior, must choose what faction is best for them individually. If they choose to go to another faction, they must say goodbye to their families because of their motto which says it all: “Faction Before Blood”.
Once Beatrice chooses her faction, there is a competitive initiation of tests that begin. Under the process of extreme physical challenges, then emotional simulated tests, followed by intense mental and psychological simulations will decided if she and her fellow initiates will be a part of the faction or become one of the ‘factionless’. Beatrice, who chooses to go by ‘TRIS’ now, must not only survive and pass the initiation process but she must also figure out the social aspect inside of the faction. Tris must figure out who are her friends and who will do anything to win. And then there is her somewhat mysterious instructor who simply goes by the name of ‘FOUR’. He is only eighteen but seems very mature and skilled within the faction. I definitely recommend this novel because it’s a part of a very interesting series that does not focus on romance, suspense or action, it gives an equal amount of it all in an entertaining fashion. Check this series out and read it before you go check out the first book to movie adaptation ‘Divergent’ in theaters now. 🙂
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR SCORE FOR ‘DIVERGENT’ IS 4 out of 5 stars:
The characters from Divergent and about the Factions:
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘DIVERGENT’★★★
Beatrice ‘Tris’ thoughts: Today is the day of the aptitude test that will show me which of the five factions I belong in. And tomorrow, at the Choosing Ceremony, I will decide on a faction; I will decide the rest of my life; I will decide to stay with my family or abandon them.
Beatrice ‘Tris’ thoughts: Jeanine Matthews is Erudite’s sole representative, selected based on her IQ score. My father complains about her often.
Beatrice ‘Tris’ about Abnegation: Few people who are born into Abnegation choose to leave it. When they do, we remember. Two years ago, Marcus’s son, Tobias, left us for the Dauntless, and Marcus was devastated.
Caleb and Beatrice: “Beatrice, we should think of our family.” There is an edge to his voice. “But. But we must also think of ourselves.”
For a moment I stare at him. I have never seen him think of himself, never heard him insist on anything but selflessness.
Beatrice ‘Tris’ on the faction motto: Faction Before Blood. More than family, our factions are where we belong.
About the factions: Candor and Abnegation don’t hate each other the way Erudite and Abnegation do, but they avoid each other. Candor’s real problem is with Amity. Those who seek peace above all else, they say, will always deceive to keep the water calm.
Beatrice ‘Tris’ thoughts: Four and Eric stare at each other for a few seconds. I feel like I am looking at two different kinds of Dauntless- the honorable kind, and the ruthless kind.
Beatrice ‘Tris’ thoughts on ‘Four’: He is not sweet or gentle or particularly kind. But he is smart and brave, and even though he saved me, he treated me like I was strong. That is all I need to know.
Four to Tris: “Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up. I’ve seen it. It’s fascinating. Sometimes I just… want to see it again. Want to see you awake.”
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