Guest Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Note to Reader: Almost a year ago a friend of mine reviewed a book for me, that now another friend has reviewed. I thought it would be interesting to post reviews from different people, and so you can see the first review here.

DivergentSynopsis:  In a dystopian Chicago, the population is divided five different “factions”. Each faction is known for a specific attribute/virtue. When they turn 16, every member of the population submit themselves a special-high tech exam that helps them determine which faction they should devote the rest of their lives to, starting the next day.

The main character, Beatrice (later “Tris”), discovers that she is “Divergent”. Meaning she doesn’t fit into anyone faction, but has attributes of several. Unknown to her, a war is brewing.

Author:  Divergent is the New York Times Best Selling debut novel of Veronica Roth.

Cover: The cover reminds me a lot of “The Hunger Games” series. Like the Hunger Games, this series takes place in a dystopian setting with teenagers at the centre of the plot. In fact, someone recommended I read Divergent because I like “The Hunger Games”. However, the similarities in the covers between the two series is a little obvious. I feel this series could stand on its own merits and doesn’t need any help.

Pacing: The pacing of the novel was quite good. It was fast, and my attention was easily held. However, I felt too much time was spent on certain parts (such as Tris’ training). Though I understand this was needed to introduce subplots and character traits, it still felt drawn out.

The main conflict, the one that the book has been building towards, only begins in the last 75 or so pages of the book (I was reading on an eReader, so I can not be sure). We finally get to this point only to discover that the action continues in the next book (literally, it doesn’t skip a second in the timeline).

Plot/Subplot: The key subplot (at the start), involves the Divergent, the people like Beatrice, who do not fit in any one faction. The reader and Beatrice are told immediately her status as a Divergent is something that should be kept secret, no one must know. Eventually the subplot merges with the main plot to become the focus of the conflict. I felt that this should have been a bigger part of the main plot to begin with –possibly because the name of the book is “Divergent”. However, it is believable (as believable as any plot in a dystopian novel can be), and it wasn’t in the story for filler by no means.

Character/Character Development:  The character that stood out most was the main character, Beatrice (Tris), whose point of view the story is told from. She is a strong character that has been fully developed by the author. Her changes through out the novel due to her choice of a new faction are something Beatrice really struggles with. She believes in order to be happy with her decision she has to change herself. But her inner struggle shows she is still herself, and makes her actions later in the book believable.

Unfulfilled Promise: In the book the characters have electricity, technology, food, and clothing. However, it is said that they live within the walls/fences surrounding what was once Chicago. It is briefly mentioned that there are farms outside of the walls. However, it would have been nice to know how does the food get to them? How is it processed? What about the electricity, how is it generated? How about the textiles? With all the time spent on faction traits it does seem surprising that my concern is fluffed off or not addressed at all.

Quote: “A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.”

The Verdict:  I read this book because it was on an eReader I borrowed from my local library, and the staff member told me that because I like The Hunger Games, I probably would like this series too. I did enjoy the book, it was a nice easy read. I am currently reading the sequel and will probably read the third book due out next year. But I doubt I will read it again. Some books I feel the immediate need to run out and buy, so I have a copy to read again and again, with this one, I do not.

~Hil~

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Teaser Tuesday (Aug-2)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”

Guest Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Synopsis – 16 year old Beatrice lives in the new world, in New Chicago. This world is split up into predetermined factions, which she most choose from and live in that faction the rest of her life. The only problem is that she learns that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and learns that this is dangerous. She also learns that the society that she lives in is not as perfect as it seems.

Author – Veronica Roth is only 23, so her bio will be short. She’s from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, which doesn’t have a title yet, will come out in Fall 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)

**Found her info on Goodreads.com

Cover – The cover is interesting. On it is a giant fire ball shaped as an eye in the sky, below it is a city, I’m assuming its New Chicago. This cover made me pick it up & read the back.

Pacing – This book from the beginning to end was excellent. There was never a dull moment, never any mess ups in the plot or story lines. Nothing was confusing. It flowed perfectly. Everything clicked.

Location – It takes place in New Chicago far into the future where everything is seperated into Factions.

Plot – The whole plot was very interesting and kept me reading. I was told that this novel was a lot like “Hunger Games” but in the end it was not. The only things that were the same was the idea of the “new world”. Hunger Games had Districts and each District was a job. I think everyone was born into them, and could change if they wanted. In Divergent it was different. The Factions were based on your personality and skills. You were tested at the age 16 and than had to choose which Faction you wanted to spend the rest of your life in. When you picked, you would never see your parents/family again. That Faction became your family. Each Faction did have a different job to do. Also in this book the main Character discovers that she’s an anomaly and how dangerous this is, or according to the few people who know about her. She struggles with herself and is confused about what she is. She also wants to know why being an anomaly is dangerous, all the while trying to stop something evil from happening. The plot thickens near the end but never gets confusing or boring. From beginning to end I was completely into the book never wanting to put it down for even a second.

Character – Beatrice is a 16 year old that, like most 16 year olds, doesn’t really know what she wants in life. But what makes her different is the fact that she has to choose what she wants to do the rest of her life now! She doesn’t want to become Factionless {Which is a horrible thing} In the beginning of the book she watches, and longs, to be brave like the teens in Dauntless. Yet, at the same time, she wants to remain with her parents because she thinks that is what they want her to do. She is pretty smart, and caring. You end up rooting for you, even if she does slightly annoy you. In the end I did like her Character. She ended up not being like most of the main girl Characters in YA books. The ones that whine, cry and ruin the lives of everyone around her.

Character Development – At first Beatrice is a bit shy and quiet. She doesn’t stick up for herself too much. By the end of the book she proves to be strong. She developes nicely. You get to see her grow up in the book, becoming who she is meant to be. This made me like her even more.

Romance – There is a romance story between her {Beatrice} and Four. Who is the trainer in Dauntless. They have a instant connection that you are aware of right from the beginning, even if she isn’t. What I liked about their romance is that it is slowly building, its not fast paced. They both do some growing up in the novel that brings them closer together. In the end she may be strong but she is aware of the fact that Four is stronger than her and appreciates this, and how he protects her.

Quotes – “Tomorrow at the Choosing Ceremony, I will decide on a faction; I will decide the rest of my life; I will decide to stay with my family or abandon them” – Beatrice

The Verdict – I loved this novel. There was never a dull moment throughout it all. Sure somethings weren’t explained very well but it was still good and they were forgotten. Only because those small things had nothing to do with the overall plot. I would read this book again, and will probably do that when the 3rd book in the series come out {Not until 2013! *sighs*} I felt that this was nothing like Hunger Games! To me it was even better than Hunger Games.

~Karo~

 Previous Reviews: TornSwitchedNight She Disappeared, 172 Hours on the Moon, I Hunt Killers

Teaser Tuesday (Aug-3)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

“The chasm reminds us that there is a fine line between bravery and idiocy!” 
 
“Statistically speaking…you should have hit the target at least once by now, even by accident…  I think you’re actually defying nature.” 

 Previous Teasers: July-2July-5,