Okay. I’m in the middle of calming myself down from discovering Tris is Divergent and then she meets Four and Eric and Christina and Will and Al and that Al is short for Albert and that he has feelings for Tris and Tris rejects him (kind of) and she and Four climb the Ferris wheel together and they have this *oomph* moment and they win Capture the Flag and that annoys Eric. Sorry, that was a bit of a rant. I’ll try to be more sensible from now on.
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Although it took a few chapters to get into, I loved Divergent. I devoured every single word. Tris’ narration is relatable and simple, which I liked.
I didn’t like Tris as a character. I adored her writing (which was Veronica Roth’s if you want to be technical about it), but not her personality. Tris chose Dauntless instead of Abnegation, and that was kind of abandoning her parents. Which isn’t very good. And then she sees a lot of people die/get hurt and she doesn’t mind? Especially if it’s Peter, Drew or Molly- which, now I think of it, is understandable. I started to like her around halfway through.
I don’t really have much to say about Christina. I thought she was an easy-going, friendly character but then she stole the honour of capturing the flag off Tris. But then again, she apologised. But then again, she only apologised after Tris was almost thrown into the chasm and killed. But then again, she appears nice.
I actually thought Will liked Tris before Christina announced he kissed her (herself, not Tris). That’s okay, though, because I like Tobias and Tris together.
I began to feel sorry for Al since fighting with Will. He just wasn’t cut out for Dauntless, although I think he’d have done well in Abnegation. But that’s just my opinion.
NoNoNoNo. What kind of person stabs another in the eye with a butterknife (I still can’t believe that.) to be ranked higher than him and then tries to kill another to be ranked higher than her. But I think Peter’s not-selflessness worked out in the ned because he sort of helped Tris under threat.
I personally think Uriah’s so sweet! He’s definitely fictional boyfriend material. I’m slightly confused though: who does he actually like (as in girls)?
And… Tobias (Four)
Yes to Tobias. Yes forever. I just knew that Tris was going to be with him since becoming the first jumper.
Divergent is set in a society so different from ours yet so similar. The 5 Factions- Amity, Erudite, Dauntless, Abnegation, and Candor- are strictly separated and enforces one or two values, and this is supposed to make their society perfect, away from potential flaws and mistakes that destroyed their ancestors. However, Divergent conveys that humans will eventually find a way to gain more power in even the seemingly impossible conditions; that we, in nature, are corrupt.
I rate Divergent 4.5 out of 5 stars. Awesome, amazing, beautifully written: both action and unexpected romance in this one. I highly recommend it.
Side note: I’m kind of hyper after only experiencing the joy of Divergent today. So I can’t type or spell or write properly: please understand and forgive my nonsensical ramblings. I’m pretty sure that when I look back on this post, I am going shake my head in disgust and be tempted to almost delete it.