11 July 2011

{Book Review} Divergent + Poll

By: Me My Shelf And I | 11 July 2011 at 1:14 AM | | | | |


Divergent #1
Author: Veronica Roth
Pages: 487
Source: eBook/August Book Club Pick
Published: May 3rd 2011
Rating: 5 Birds

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Considering all the wonderful reviews I have seen about Divergent, and the masses of friends and fellow bloggers shocked I had not yet read it before now, you would have thought that I would have tackled this book sooner. Trust me, with how much I liked it, I wish I had too.

This book had everything I feel a 5 Bird book needs, depth, suspense, humor and great banter between characters, twists and turns, and an incredibly well thought out and detailed dystopian Chicago that feels so incredibly real!

I’m such a fan of Tris, our heroine, because she’s the perfect character in my mind. Tough, sarcastic at times, determined and not a whiney sack of fluff that a lot of leading ladies in books tend to be these days. She’s everything I’m not, well aside from the sarcastic part, we all know I’ve got that in spades, and I know it’s why I drawn to her and all characters like this. Through them I can live out scenario’s that I wouldn’t be able to otherwise, and not just because they are fictional scenarios. 16 year old Tris must choose a Faction, a society to live with in. Each posses a different set or traits you must comply to. She was raised Abnegation, and can choose to stay in a life she;’s not sure she was born for, or leave and lose her family forever –

Here’s the descriptions of each Faction, as found on Veronica Roths website, after you read them take the poll at the bottom and tell me what faction you would pick.

characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly

The word "erudite" focuses on knowledge rather than intelligence-- intelligence being something you're born with, and can't necessarily control, and knowledge being something that you acquire. I find that interesting, given what I know about Erudite.

1. to refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject; renounce.

2. to relinquish; give up

I like the verbs in that one: refuse, deny, reject, renounce--active forms of stripping things from your life. As opposed to relinquish, give up-- more passive.

1. the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness.

2. freedom from bias; fairness; impartiality.

That definition definitely helped me flesh out Candor more, particularly in the second book. The faction is not just trying to develop honesty-- they're also trying to develop impartiality.

1. friendship; peaceful harmony.

2. mutual understanding and a peaceful relationship, especially between nations; peace; accord.

3. cordiality

It's not just about banjos and apple-picking. It's about cultivating strong relationships and trying to understand each other. Oh, Amity.

fearless, undaunted.

Undaunted: courageously resolute, especially in the face of danger or difficulty; not discouraged.

It's those two definitions (fearless, and undaunted) that I found so fascinating. Being fearless and being undaunted are two different things. And the characters in DIVERGENT struggle with that distinction.

I truly loved this book and suggest that you read it if you haven’t already! You' won’t be disappointed in it, I promise!

Which Faction Would You Choose?

  • Dauntless
  • Candor
  • Amity
  • Abnegation
  • Erudite

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  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I absolutely loved Divergent - it's one of my favourite books of the year! Thanks for including the little summary of factions, it was definitely intriguing :).

  2. Nice review! I just finished this over the weekend so I feel like I can (safely) read everyoen's reviews. :) (but thanks for no spoilers!) I didn't totally love Tris, but it really is a fun read.

  3. So glad you (finally) read it and loved it :) YAY!

    There is also a Which Factor Are You Quiz on the Facebook fanpage.

  4. oh, yeah. I'm shocked you hadn't read it til now. I read it on release day and wow. It deserves more than just 5 stars! Loved this book and the ending was crazy. I can't wait til the next book =DDDDDDD

  5. LOVED this book! I'd totally be Dauntless!

  6. Nice review! I can't wait to read this :)

    New follower!!


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