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Divergent by Veronica Roth
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Jul 05, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011-debut-author-challenge, dystopian, young-adult-lit, read-in-2011, series, futuristic, book-club-alumni, favorites, recommended-summer-reading-2012
Read from June 28 to July 04, 2011

READ THIS BOOK! Would it be okay to stop there? Because seriously, WOW! I’m still reeling and it’s been probably 8 hours since I finished. I can’t get Tris and Four out of my head! How much longer until Insurgent comes out? I know I’m rambling and maybe not making much sense, but Divergent is so amazing it will do that to you.

When I initially heard about Divergent it was being compared to The Hunger Games. I was impressed but skeptical because it seems like all dystopian novels are being compared to that trilogy. While Divergent definitely lives up to the hype, I wouldn’t exactly compare it to The Hunger Games. I’m sure if you like that trilogy, you’ll enjoy Divergent. Tris, like Katniss, is a strong female protagonist that male and female readers will like and probably relate to. Other similarities are uncovering secrets, being separated from family, survival, problems with government, etc. The story lines are so different, though, it’s hard for me to really think of them as comparable. Hopefully that makes some sense.

One of my favorite aspects about this book is that we get to know Tris so well via the initiation tests. We learn her physical and emotional strengths and weaknesses. We watch her utilize her strengths and try to overcome her weaknesses. It’s not very often that a reader gets to know a character so thoroughly. We get to know her trainer, Four, pretty well also; not quite like Tris, but close. I think that’s why I’m still thinking about both of them–I developed strong connection with these characters.

Learning the ways of a faction that’s new to her, Tris does enjoy some victories through initiation, like being the first jumper, but she suffers through so many losses and obstacles. This, however, makes the story that much more compelling. The faction she joins is so different from what she grew up in, that it’d be impossible not to suffer and face challenges. She wants to be brave, battles with being selfless, and constantly thinks of what her mother or father would say about her actions. I can’t imagine just up and leaving my entire upbringing behind, to learn a brand new way of thinking, acting, and living. As Tris goes through all of this, I cheered, cringed and cried.

I realize this review is lacking some meat about the story. I want to delve into the big plot points, but they’ll end up being spoilers. Take my word for it, this is an awesome book that’s so worth reading.
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06/28 page 130
27.0% "I'm not so sure about Dauntless."
07/04 page 339
70.0% "Finally! :)"
05/27 marked as: read
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message 1: by Sue (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sue I was pretty wowed by this one too. Best book I've read in a very long time.

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