Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Book Review: Divergent

  The first I heard of Divergent was about six months ago when I saw a trailer for it in the cinema. I immediately wrote it off thinking that it just looked rubbish, and by the end of the trailer had decided that the whole plot idea was silly as well. Then, about a month ago, someone recommended the book to me. I was still a little hesitant but it was one of those stories that seemed like it would work better as a book than a movie, and so I decided to give it a go.

  The basic plot is that of a dystopian Chicago, where society has been divided into five factions based around a particular virtue. These are Erudite for intelligence, Amity for peacefulness, Dauntless for the brave, Candor for the honest and Abnegation for the selfless. Once a year, all sixteen year olds must select the faction that they will devote their lives to, and then undertake a difficult initiation process where failure to be chosen by their faction means becoming factionless and living on the streets. However, this is made even harder for the main character, Tris, who has a very dangerous secret that impacts her every move.

  After reading the book, I still thought the plot was kinda silly. However, that doesn't change my main thoughts on this book - that I absolutely loved it.

  I went into it really not expecting all that much but ended up flying through it. I found the characters interesting, and the different factions interesting. I found the different parts of the initiation process exciting, and as one dimensional as the characters ocasionally seemed to be I still found them to be relatable - particularly the main character of Tris, who I felt had a very strong voice throughout the book and one that allowed me to feel really involved with the characters and the story.

  I even enjoyed the main relationship of the book, and found myself feeling very much like a teenager at points as I was able to just relate to what was going on and wanting to see what happened next. I may have had a couple of baths for so long that the water turned cold just because I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next within the relationship and where it was going because feelings, eeee.

  I feel like towards the end of the book it began to lose its way a fair bit, and the last section of the book I just didn't enjoy anywhere near as much. It didn't become terrible at all, but it wasn't like the book I'd loved anymore. I'm not sure exactly what it was, I think the pace was off and things began to move a bit too fast to be as enjoyable and that began to ruin it for me, and then characters that I'd praised for being relatable and strong characters throughout suddenly began to act in ways that didn't really make sense or seem natural to me so I lost a bit of connection with them.

  However, on the whole I really loved this book, to the extent that I used to take it to my yoga classes with me to read before the class started, and I'd definitely recommend it to you all! Even though I disliked how this book went towards the end, I loved the rest of it to the extent that I would still give it a 9/10 overall. As stated, this book is being made into a movie - and even after reading the book, I watched the trailer again and still thought it looked rubbish! But I enjoyed the book enough that I'm going to go and see it anyway. There are two more books in the series, Insurgent and Allegiant - I hear these suffer the same fate as the Hunger Games where the quality just reduces further and further with every page, but I'm still going to give the second one a go after I've seen the first movie.

  If you'd like to read along with me, I am now reading The Rosie Project which you can keep track of on my GoodReads profile.



  1. I may have to read that book! :)

  2. Great post :)

  3. This is a great review! I am in two minds about whether to read this or not but I think now I might give it a go! x


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