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Divergent — Veronica Roth


Dystopian novels these days are, like, strewn everywhere. Subsequent to one’s massive hit, another one invades the spotlight.

After the triumphant ascendancy of The Hunger Games trilogy, with the immense succor of the big screen; another novel seems to top off its teeming dystopian rivals—the leading book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.

Situated in futuristic Chicago—Divergent delves into a society where it is cleaved into five factions. Every faction concentrates on a single virtue namely: selflessness (Abnegation), bravery (Dauntless), intelligence (Erudite), peacefulness (Amity), and honesty (Candor). Most importantly, Divergent tells the story of Beatrice Prior.

As Divergent’s creating an enormous bustle amongst readers, I decided to finally plunge into its craze. The first few pages didn’t really wonderstruck me, heck; I even gave it a cold shoulder. But as I progressed through the story, admittedly, I was hooked; though I wouldn’t compare it to THG’s brilliancy. It was adrenaline-fueled, lathered with tasteful characters, and topped with an interesting plot. Ceasing yourself from reading means enervating your psyche.

However, the plot was not trenchant at all. There were quite a few points that remained shrouded from the readers. For instance, the people in the past were commingled into a single society, thus, causing a war. They then agreed to split the people into different factions according to what they believe to be the cause of human fallibility. The big question is why? What happened to that old civilization, what led them into battle? Ms. Roth didn’t plausibly point that out. And though the faction concept was appealing, a single virtue can’t possibly sustain the people’s way of living. Furthermore, there were five leaders, each for every faction, but a single person leads the government. What are the roles of the remaining four? A person can’t lead a society single-handedly; the opinions of the others are substantial to its course.

The romance was cutesy. Tris and Four’s bond was enough to create slight curves into my mouth and light tugs at my heartstrings. And the fact that there were no love triangles involved—what a relief.

The death of some characters were a little too soon… maybe? As I haven’t felt any heart-wrenching moments from their deaths like what I usually feel, every time a character I love dies. So probably the author should have let them persist a little longer, make the audience fall in love with them first before killing them. In that way, they’ll acquire a memorable death. But that was just my opinion, okay? No one has to give heed to what I have to say.

Overall, I am really glad that I became a part of this exhilarating ride. Divergent has potential—no wonder it climbed out on top and received positive reviews. I was totally engrossed but I just felt that something is missing, so a 4-star would be my rating.

In addition, I just want to cite a few observations of my not-so-stable mind.

1.Witnessing your parents’ death is no biggie.

2.Jumping off the chasm because a girl can’t forgive you. “I am
so stupid!” *weeps* “She terribly hates me!” *jumps*

3.Instantly kills one of your best friends but when it comes to
your boyfriend, you’d rather die. And you can’t even kill the
people you distaste, for what reason, I don’t know.

4.Jumping off a train is as easy as 1-2-3.

5.Does the train have a break or something? BTW, who’s driving it?

6.A kid has the nerve to take off another’s eye as easy as
scooping ice cream.

7.The biggest guy is a crybaby. A gay in disguise?

8.A little girl gets beaten up on the first initiation and just a
few weeks later, can kick the crap out of whoever gets in her
way. Did I even mention that she topped initiation? *applauds*

9.To become Dauntless, one must have tattoos and piercings.

10.Zip lining and jumping off the building at 20-ft. high while
somebody catches you below. Who caught the first person?

11.Looking in the mirror is a means of selfishness. But when
Beatrice gets a haircut from her mom, she is allowed to. Why does
she need a mirror when she’s not the one cutting it?

12.Describing your boyfriend’s eyes almost like a deformity.

13.The Amity are very big in hugging.

14.The Erudite are like mad scientists that had really gone mad.

15.The Abnegation are robots.

16.The Dauntless are suicidal freaks.

17.The Candor are massive lie detectors in the flesh.

18.The factionless are like liberated teenagers. No one gives a
damn about them and nobody manipulates them (like parents and
elders do).



Rating: ★★★★✰


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