I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I have a very strange reading habit. When I imagine the world of the book in my head, I see it in colors. If the book is happy and light-hearted, then the colors are all crisp and in high-definition. If it’s a classic Victorian novel, then I see pastels and soft pinks. You get the picture. While I was reading Divergent, at the beginning I saw grey, lots and lots of grey.
Tris lives in a world where everyone has been divided into factions based on attributes. The idea behind this division being that life would be more harmonious if people only interacted with those who were like-minded and lived similar lives..
Dauntless: Belive that all should be brave and courageous so they are great and mighty warriors, but they can also be reckless and cruel.
Abnegation: Believe in self-denial and although this leads them to be very thoughtful and giving, they can also judgemental towards those who don’t sacrifice constantly.
Erudite: Believe in knowledge and are great scientist and scholars. Their constant search for knowledge causes them to be single-minded, invasive and arrogant.
Candor: Believe in honesty, but they are honest to a fault so they say things that are hash and thoughtless sometimes.
Dauntless: Are those who cannot be placed in any of the other categories, and therefore, are considered to be dangerous by those who are in power.
On her 16th birthday, Tris is faced with the choice of remaining with her family in Abnegation or joining another faction. The choice that she makes leads to her being separated from all she has ever known and thrown into a terrifying situation of life and death.
I won’t tell you which faction she chooses, but it causes a huge uproar, and surprises everyone including Tris. After her decision has been made, Tris is whisked away from her family and sent to train before she can become a true member of the faction that she chose, and the colors shifted completely! I started imagining lot’s of reds, blacks, and browns. Everything was dark and harsh, but the book surprised me because moments when there would be these giant burst of color came out of nowhere. Divergent is about many things, but what stuck out the most for me was how well it told the story of a young woman coming alive for the first time in her life.
She’s excited, afraid, lonely, happy, and sad. Tris experiences so many powerful emotions during her transformation from the girl she used to be into the young woman she becomes
Of course she meets a boy along the way. This is a Young Adult novel after all, and they tend to have at least a little romance. I didn’t get to know Four too well, but I found myself looking forward to the moments when he and Tris interacted. One of the many great things about Divergent for me, was the lack of a love triangle. I thought we were headed towards one for a moment, but the story takes a sharp turn that I never saw coming! It was a bold move on the authors part, and I really appreciated it because I’m not a fan of love triangles. I always pick the wrong guy, and end up focusing more on that then I do the rest of the book. I was able to give Tris all of my attention because she knew what she wanted from the start.
I love to read books that are full of action, and Divergent didn’t let me down, but it was more suspenseful than action packed. Most of the action took place inside if this incredible dreamscape that Tris and her fellow trainees were forced to enter, and she has to face her fears over and over again. This test has been known to drive more than one trainee insane in the past, but my girl handles herself pretty well so don’t worry! In fact, the way that Tris is able to take care of herself and excel in training, places a target on her back. She never gets a chance to let her guard down because they are all fighting for a limited amount of spots in the faction that she chose. If you don’t make it through training then you end up factionless, and that is considered to be a fate worse than death.
While the majority of Divergent may have lacked the traditional action that I’m used too, the last 20% just about killed me! It never let up, and I was on the edge of my seat! I was crying so hard towards the end that I couldn’t see my tablet well enough to keep reading. There were so many twist and turns, and I didnt’;t see any of it coming. I’m really excited to read the other two now so on to Insurgent!
This book was clean, but because of violence, I would recommend it for ages 12 and up.