I don’t even know how to begin to persuade you to read this amazing book without spoiling it for you.
I had the ebook on my ipad for well over a year before I actually got into it. I would open the file at least once or twice a month, read the same 2 pages and drop it for something else. I found it boring for some reason. I thought I was making a mistake by reading it and that drew me off for months.
Booooy, was I wrong.
The level of love I have for this novel is insane. Not only for Divergent but the 2 books that follow- Insurgent and Allegiant. Dystopian societies have always seemed intriguing to me but I was hesitant to read this one because of so much hype around the series. I knew it was gonna be either really freaking awesome or the biggest fail of the year. People always compared it to The Hunger Games and it pissed me off because in my mind there was nothing better than THG (except for Harry Potter, obviously).
This story written by Veronica Roth takes place in a future, dystopian Chicago and stars Beatrice “Tris” Prior as the main character and one of the strongest female characters I have ever read.
Tris belongs to Abnegation, one of the 5 factions the city is divided into. Abnegation holds all those who value selflessness over anything else. The other 4 factions also live their lives according to one basic human trait. Candor values truth, while Amity- peace, Erudite- knowledge and Dauntless- bravery. The city functions in the belief that the balance of these 5 human traits will result in a prosperous, happy city.
Roth’s use of psychology and study of human nature is incredible. The nature vs. nurture theme can be seen throughout all 3 books, really, not just Divergent. There’s the inner turmoil of being born into a faction and growing up in a specific environment but your real nature is attracted to something else. While some themes discussed might not be new, the plot will captivate you and make you not want to put the book down for hours until you’re done.
Divergent also revolves around fear. Fear, bravery and selflessness are all beautiful things, complicated and simple at the same time. Nothing explains this better than the Dauntless Manifesto:
“We believe in freedom from fear, in denying fear the power to influence our decisions. We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.
We believe in acknowledging fear and the extent to which it rules us. We believe in facing that fear no matter what the cost to our comfort, our happiness, or even our sanity.”
Fear is one of the biggest motivators and triggers in the story. Tris’ fear is not of her life, but her family, friends, inadequacy, failure, her Divergence and most of all- intimacy. Her journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance is always constant and ever changing; this will only make you connect and relate to her, even if you want to punch her in the face sometimes. She IS a teenager after all, so cut her some slack. I love Tris, I love her insecurities, I love her self-doubt; but most of all I love her selflessness. I can relate to all these things that make her so…. human.
It’s during this period of change and adapting to a new society and way of living that Tris finds love. I won’t ever start on talking about Four (male lead character) or else we’d be here all day. Just trust me, you will fall in love along with her.
I’ll stop rambling and link you to where you can get this book. Please do yourself a favor and read it. It only gets better. (3rd book is my favorite!!!! Hurry up and read so we can discuss!) The movie comes out next month, so get to reading!
Libreria La Casita: http://on.fb.me/1bFkBgj
Libreria La Ceiba: http://bit.ly/1bFknWr
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/Mmkb8p
Here’s the trailer if you’re interested. Enjoy, and happy reading!