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Divergent (Divergent, Book 1) (Divergent Trilogy) Kindle Edition
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Praise for DIVERGENT:
“Riveting … A memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away.” Publishers Weekly
“This gritty, paranoid world is built with careful details and intriguing scope. The plot clips along at an addictive pace, with steady jolts of brutal violence and swoony romance. Fans snared by the ratcheting suspense will be unable to resist speculating on their own factional allegiance. Guaranteed to fly off the shelves.” Kirkus Reviews
“With brisk pacing and lavish flights of imagination, Divergent clearly has thrills, but it also movingly explores a more common adolescent anxiety – the painful realisation that coming into one’s own sometimes means leaving family behind, both ideologically and physically.” New York Times
“The next big thing.” Rolling Stone
“Thrilling” US Weekly
“A taut and shiveringly exciting read! Tris is exactly the sort of unflinching and fierce heroine I love. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” Melissa Marr, bestselling author of Wicked Lovely
“Divergent is a captivating, fascinating book that kept me in constant suspense and was never short on surprises. It will be a long time before I quit thinking about this haunting vision of the future.” James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B004WC07UK
- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (3 May 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 1608 KB
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- Print length : 362 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,478 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The main character is called Beatrice Prior. Her brother is Caleb, and he too is sitting an aptitude test today. The girl's mother has selected Abnegation. There is a lot of information up for absorption early on, and it will pay the reader to revisit the early parts of the book to make sure you have it all down pat. Another group for selection is Candor. Apparently Candor values honesty, and abnegation values selflessness. Go figure.
One can see how well structured the book is and interesting it will be to learn the inherent universe our heroine is bound to explore. And the way information is revealed the main character's thought processes is quite clever, too.
The story telling is well paced and highly entertaining. The plot twists and turns like the mighty Amazon (!) river and characterisation is awesome too. I have only read a few chapters at this stage but despite this i am happy to award this international phenomena four stars. I may update this review as i progress.
Ok book finished. All i can say is that this is one seriously impressive teen book. Perfectly pitched to its target audience, the book started off slowly but by the book's end you are totally gripped with every gut wrenching twist and turn the book has to offer. There is sadness, and joy but with the events expected to unfold later in the series you wont want to miss a single word. One of the best YA novels ever written, easily worth full marks from me. Well done, Ms Roth on gifting the world with an unequivocal classic.
I see some very strong parallels to the Hunger Games and am therefore rather hesitant to continue with the series in case this series tries to copy that too much- which in my opinion would really destroy what could be a great story.
Although I did really enjoy the book I felt very disappointed in the ending, I found the last quarter of the book felt a little rushed and it was very obvious that this book was part of a series, and too often that is used as an excuse to simply not wrap up a book properly- I like my stories to have a bit more of a definitive ending to them!
All in all- while the story and characters definitely captured me I found the ending a bit of a let down.
On the downside Divergent could be in danger of being compared as being too close a relative to the Hunger games. Particularly with the heroine and her relationships.
Divergent is set somewhere in the future where, on reaching adolescence young people go through a process of being chosen to become part of a particular section of the community (shades of Harry Potter?). Each group having a particular mission and attitude to life and generally keep themselves to themselves whilst not being particularly complementary of each other. Boring Plot? Not so Eventually the differences between the groups becomes explosive and that's when the excitement starts.
Divergent is the first book in a trilogy from Veronica Roth. So reading this volume alone probably won't satisfy the casual reader but if you like to get involved in a book and explore other fantasy worlds. This book is Highly recommended
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I really enjoyed this series. The characters were well written and the story was ... if not original, certainly engaging. The books look at the theme of humanity and the characteristics that are displayed by it ... how some people are stronger, some are more peace loving, some more daring, some more intelligent etc.
It also looks at the cruelty of mankind and how some people are able to harm others' without emotion ... as though their victims are not real people with loves and feelings of their own.
I really liked the characters of Tris and Four. Four felt that he had to be strong. He'd had a brutal childhood that left him emotionally scarred. Tris came from a loving home but was equally strong ... in spirit, if not in body. Through his love of Tris, Four is able to to let down his guard and realise that he doesn't need to put on the "brave front" he has always shown. He is allowed to face his demons and show weakness.
Tris learns that she must shake the ties of her past, as weakness will prevent her survival. She has always known that she didn't fit into her family's ideals and so seeks her real place in the world.
What happens next pushes her to the limit of her abilities. She has to be tough ... sometimes she has to make choices that seem uncaring or ruthless ... but to survive and to care for those she loves, she has no choice.
I was taken by surprise at the twist at the end of Allegiant ... I can't say more without spoilers but I was unhappy with the turn that the book took ... even though it did add realism to the story.
This was Roth's debut series. I really enjoyed it and will definitely read more by this author.
The idea of dividing society into a series of factions is a well-established idea seen in a lot of dystopian fiction. Unfortunately, here I felt the divisions over-simplistic and difficult to swallow.
Overall this is a good read. Apart from a bit of slack in the middle (when initiation training starts to drag on - a problem Ender's Game also suffers with), it rattles along at a great pace, leaving the reader little chance to get bored or distracted. I have since read the next two installments in the trilogy and I think Divergent is probably the best.
At sixteen years old you choose which group you want to be in for the rest of your life. Most stay where they have grown up, but some leave their families and change to another group. Tris is one of those that moves having grown up in Abnegation. She also has something different about her that some powerful people don’t like and she needs to hide it from them. With the help of a few people that know her secret and plenty that don’t she becomes one of the Dauntless trainees. During this time she tries to learn who she is, how to become something that was prevented in the Abnegation group, what her “ability” means, and also battles the dreaded teenager problem of… the opposite sex.
Thankfully, this book doesn’t lean too much on the lovey dovey soppy garbage, (see Twilight), that would put most male readers off and turn it into chick lit. There is a perfect balance between action, suspense, intrigue, teenage angst, and lurve. Even then, the love bit is kept to a minimum and never becomes vomit inducing tripe. The action and suspense is great and will keep you turning the pages long after you should really have turned the lights out at night. The characters are built up over a large portion of the book with what I am guessing is the main plot of the trilogy as a whole not coming until fairly near the end. A whole range of characters, plot twists, revenge, and clever use of personality traits make this one of the best books of its category, although, so far, The Hunger Games is still number one for me. This comes a very close second though and the next two books could change my opinion. Tris could end tripping Katniss up in that charge of the teenage heroines.
The Hunger Games have always been my number one, pipped at the post by Z2134/Z2135 but I have to admit Divergent and Insurgent have snuck past Hunger Games and leveled up with my favorite alltime Zs as my joint number one spot; as they are both so good but in completely different ways...sorry Hunger Games fans but you need to read this to see what I mean as it carries similar echo's of the Hunger Games trilogy!
Oh my.....when I read all the great reviews about this trilogy, I never believed it was going to be THAT good BUT IT IS, this book blew me away, so much so I have been reading for over 24 hours and Im nearly finished book 2 Insurgent as I couldn't stop reading this amazing storyline and plot. But I just had to write my review of this first book first.
Divergent has a unique original twist no one else has ever done. A Dysotonian society that at 16 you have to choose a faction which stems from your own personality.
(Amity = Peace, Dauntless = Bravery, Erudite = Knowledge, Candor = Honesty, Abnegation = Selfless). What an incredible original idea for a book and Veronica has made it all work.
Where do I start...
Engrossing, riveting, addictive read. Its well balanced and it flows perfectly. You cannot put this book down...seriously....! Divergent is so completely original to any other book I have read in this genre, so those of you getting bored with Dysotonian style reads please give this a go. Its so good the film will be coming out in 2014.
I loved in particular the idea of the governmental factions that have been explained so well; its seems so authentic and completely believable and understandable.
Every character is perfectly created and are based around a 16 year old girl Beatrice (Tris) who you can really relate to; not because she is a perfect angelic 16 year old, but because she isn't, she has her flaws like us all. Roth makes us sympathize and root for her as she wants to change from her family faction Abegnation, (which would drive me crazy, they are so boring). Tris needs life, fun and excitement and maybe a bit of danger and she certainly gets that in abundance. We follow her anguish as she struggles with making the right life changing decisions, should she choose her family faction or follow her heart; with a chance she could end up factionless, a fate worse than death; a huge risk.
The idea of having to take a test at 16 years old to see which faction suits their personality is just genius. This brings such credibility to the supporting characters as it emphasizes their own personalities. But Tris holds a secret in that she can manipulate the tests and initiations and has been quickly sworn to secrecy as it could mean her death, the government do not like Divergents. This is a fab twist to this amazing read.
Four/Tobias is the next main character is great mix of secrecy and mystery in the beginning; but I love how we gradually get to learn more about him and his family secrets. He makes a fantastic love interest for Tris as they learn more and more about each other; but still maintains that air of mystery.
Every chapter urges you to read on as we watch Tris grow and learn more about who she really is, she gains confidence and becomes more self assured if not a little cocky maybe. I love how she discovers family secrets that maybe her family are not so boring afterall.
Divergent is a brilliant first book to a fantastic series, its an extremely well written, compelling, fast paced read which I simply couldn't put down.
Its aimed at Young adult but I'm in my 40's and loved it...maybe Im a child at heart...but it felt like an adult read despite being about teenagers. This is not a quickie coffee book read, its a fully immersive escapism read to another magical world.
Im almost finished Book 2 Insurgent and its just as good if not better...watch this space!
Highly recommended especially if you love the Hunger games-esk plots.
It still seems a little strange to me that humans would split themselves up and identify themselves by one trait, it seems contrary to human nature almost, but I guess that is the whole point of Divergent and Tris/Beatrice's story; that you can't be defined through just one of bravery, selflessness, peace, intelligence and honesty, that is not how human nature works.
What I noticed in this book more than in most young adult dystopian fiction is that the issue of sex is handled straight on, its not a kiss that makes the main character feel warm and fuzzy, or something that is presumed to have happened but not actually talked about, it is a real fear of Tris' and she has to face it. Add this to the fact that there was actually no love triangle, and it seemed very different.
I have been left with questions though (which is good ultimately), what on earth is going on outside the city? Why is the city fenced off? Who else is out there? Those are questions that I kind of hope will be answered in the next book (which I will be reading soon worry not!)
I was also very happy to have successfully worked out Four's real name before it was actually revealed! See if you can too!
Though 'Four' and Tris were well written, and well fleshed out, the other 'sideline' characters seemed less so, with the possible exception of Peter, who is, quite frankly, a maniac. Christina and Will both seemed to be so changeable, there was no concrete centre to their friendship with Tris, making them less real to me, in real life people aren't quite so fickle, well some are but not all. Uriah just seemed to be there to make Tris look accepted into her faction, showing that she isn't an outsider, again his depth has yet to be revealed. Eric and Jeanine (the 'bad guys') similarly seem to have less depth, they're just seen as evil and manipulative, there's no real information about what motivates them, other than power.
I realise that the above probably makes it sound like I didn't like the book, but that is completely wrong! I really enjoyed it and will be reading the next one, I just hope that the other characters will gain a deeper sense of being so that they fit better with the story.