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Divergent (Divergent, Book 1) (Divergent Trilogy) Kindle Edition
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.
The new 10th anniversary edition of the bestselling YA series--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B004WC07UK
- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (3 May 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 1608 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 362 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,010 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.
The actual premise and world is different enough to those other big dystopian novels that I'm a huge fan!
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.