Divergent

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The Divergent series is £24.05 on amazon.

What do Harry Potter, the Hunger Games and the Divergent series all have in common?

Yup they are all other worldly, yes they are all series’ but the big similarity is that they are all series’ which I enjoyed.

It’s not often that you will see me reading books that come in a series. I end up frustrated at the endings, stressed and I lose interest too quickly to finish and hence I often give up before getting to the ending. Yet there are some series’ that have the opposite effect, one’s that I can’t put down and will read from page to page without issue. Although it is still rare, I tend to be ok with trilogies, I feel like three is the perfect number of books because anymore than that and I am a goner.

A few months ago I was in one of those “I need a new film to watch” kind of moods and being a huge Hunger Games fan I decided to download Divergent on to iTunes, the first film of the Divergent series. Ten minutes in and I was hooked and it remains one of my favourite films. It has the perfect balance between romance, action and I love that has a likeable female lead. I feel this is a huge trend at the moment, that hit films have a non-traditional heroine and here’s to hopping it continues. So after watching the film I decided I wanted to read the books. Umpteen months later and I have finally gotten round it, I’ve read the first one and am currently on the second (by the time this post goes live I’ll probably be on the third) and this is what I thought.

Divergent

Divegent is the first of three novels published by American author Veronica Roth and was initially published in 2011, the series is named after the first book and is often referred to as the Divergent Series. The series is categorised as being young adult and are dystopian novels set in the Divergent Universe. The first novel is set in a post-apocalyptic version of Chicago and follows Beatrice “Tris” Prior as she explores her identity within a society that defines its citizens by their social and personality-related affiliation with five factions; erudite, dauntless, amity, abnegation and candor.

These five factions are said to keep the peace because each has a different role in society based on their traits. If any of you have liked my facebeook page then this might make sense of a recent post and do let me know which faction you would be!

Its major plot device, the division of society into personality types, is one used in other science fiction works. Beyond its literary context, Roth’s open declaration of her religion as a Christian has brought commentary from Christian communities both endorsing and challenging the novel. I have to admit that I find the faction system to be an amazingly completing idea, one of those good in principle not in practice kind of ideals, but one that gets you thinking nonetheless. Yet as Tris’ instructor Four so rightly comments, we should be aiming to posses qualities from each of the faction and not just one.

So what happens when you don’t fit in to only one faction, what happens when you can’t be labeled at all? This is the divergent.

The story develops as the governing faction, abnegation, comes under threat from another faction, Erudite and for the first time ever the faction system faces potential destruction.

The plot is thick, intriguing and beautifully well written and I love that Tris refuses to conform to the literary gender norms. She’s a fantastically well-written character, incredibly likeable and I find her really easy to relate to the. The romantic story in the novel feels incredibly realistic and both partners play an equal role and are of equal value to the over all plit. Tris is equal measures damsel in distress and brave heroine, a really easy character to fall for.

I love Roth’s style and after two chapters I found myself completely addicted, she knows how much information to reveal and what to hold back leaving you subtlety gripped. As is largely predictable the book offers far more information that the film and is worth reading alongside each other because they help fill in the gaps.

I finished this book in two and a half days and the first thing I did was pick up the second, which I am powering through as we speak.

A book that is definitely worth a read but be prepared to temporarily lose your social life and potentially your grip on reality (optional) because it’s highly addictive. Perhaps it should come with a warning!!

I am excited to read the rest of the Divergent Series.

Have you read this book?

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