Divergent by Veronica Roth book review
Last week I reviewed the movie Divergent, but this week I want to take a moment to discuss the book that the movie was based on.
I hadn’t planned on reading it because I was a Hunger Games fan and something told me this series would be just like it. Wrong. I honestly don’t know if you could compare the two other than both being about the government and “children” fighting for what they believe in. The stories are written in a completely different voice and I feel like Divergent is more personal and relate-able due to how the characters develop.
The first book in the series Divergent follows the important decision that In Beatrice Prior has to undergo at age 16; yes, 16. The book takes place in what used to be Chicago which has now turned into a world, or society that is divided into five factions. Each faction is dedicated to a particular virtue: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Once a child turns 16 they take a test in which should direct them on the path that they should take in life. They can choose to listen to their test results or choose their own faction. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family or being who she really is. She ends up obeying the “rule of thumb” by choosing faction before blood and decides to choose Dauntless and leave Abnegation. Her father feels betrayed, however we later learn that her mother understands her decision completely.
Once she chooses Dauntless, she must participate in intimation week that Dauntless in return decides if they want to choose her. She must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations. However, now is her chance to leave everything behind, including her name. She then decides to renames herself Tris. She struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Not only is the process exhausting, Tris must also determine who her friends really are and overcome many fears that she possesses. The big shocker that Tris also has is a life or death secret that no one can find out about.
As the movie also focuses on, Tris ends up meeting one of the bravest Dauntless trainers, Four. Four is not your average trainer. He’s strong and tough, but Four also has demons of his own that he’s working towards. While Tris and Four have their difference, they also are alike in many ways which ends up pulling them together.
This book is SO well written and draws you in with the first chapter. While I love the movie and enjoyed it a great deal, the book is better on all levels. The relationship that Tris and Four develop is timeless and so incredible. As you read, you will definitely fall in love with the characters and cheer them on as they make their way through this crazy futuristic life that throws obstacles at them that one could never imagine.
Now, I know it’s a movie and you cannot have everything from the book within the movie, but I feel like the movie left out a lot of important information that the book explains. The book digs deeper at the relationship between Tris and Four as well as her family life and how it makes her who she is today.
If you enjoyed the movie, you will definitely enjoy this book a bit more. Yes, I know it’s a Young Adult genre, but please do not let that deter you away. :)
It’s a quick and easy read. I think it only took me about 3 days to tackle it. :)