Divergent - Book + Movie Review

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

I started reading this book on the plane to Las Vegas and finished it the after I got back. I really enjoyed it! I'm excited to start the next book, which I will start today. I wanted to write this first before I got into the next book. But yeah Divergent, let's talk about it!

Started: Oct 10, 2014 | Finished: Oct 18, 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on April 25, 2011
Genre: Dystopia
Pages: 487
Book Edition: Hardcover
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

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.
Rating: 4/5

My thoughts:

Disclaimer: I will be talking about events that happen in the book, so spoiler alert. You've been warned!

I really liked exploring this girl's world, and how their society works. Makes you wonder which faction you would get in your aptitude test and which you would choose. For Beatrice, she's born into the Abnegation faction, so we start off by seeing how the selfless live, and we see how Beatrice doesn't quite fit in unlike her parents and her brother. Come time for the aptitude test, and it shows that her tests are inconclusive, making her Divergent. She doesn't really know what that means, and so it's interesting to find out more about that as she does.

She chooses Dauntless, the brave, shocking everyone, even herself. I really loved the whole initation process. It was brutal at times, and it was really interesting at other times. I enjoyed seeing how Beatrice, now Tris, transformed throughout the book. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll leave it at that! This was a really good book. One that I'd recommend!

Now it's time to read Insurgent, book 2 of the trilogy!

But before I go, I thought I'd do a quick review on what I thought of the movie for Divergent.

I ended up liking the movie, but I didn't love it! Alot of things weren't as I pictured, which is my own issue, but it's hard to adapt to change when what you had in your head isn't even close to what you saw on screen. But again, my own issue! What I didn't love about the movie mainly was how rushed everything felt. It just felt like they were trying to jam everything in, and not explain certain things further. For instance, the whole thing with Al. He wasn't featured enough in my opinion. His story wasn't explained properly, and so when this big thing happens with him in the movie, it doesn't have the same effect that it does in the book.

With that said, I still enjoyed the movie alot more than I thought I would. But as it is with these things, the book is always better!


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