Saturday, 16 July 2011

Book Review (Divergant)

One choice can transform you.
One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs and determines your loyalities....forever
 (read: 29/May/11)

    Prod dets
Divergent trilogy, book 1
Pub: 2011, HarperCollins children’s books
Author: Veronica Roth
Cat: dystopian
Format: paperback (mid); 487 pp w/ 39 chapters
Age Range: YA

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are – and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series – dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Back cover: When sixteen-year-old Tris makes her choice. She cannot foresee how drastically her life will change, or that the perfect society in which she lives is about to unfold into a dystopian world of electrifying decisions, stunning consequences, heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected romance.

     my Thoughts (review)
About a world that’s been threw too much and decided to create their own place (I think anyway). So people couldn’t decide how to run their people and so that created the functions. They are: Candor, who believe that it was lying, and keeping secrets that destroyed the world, and so they don’t, nothing but the truth. Abnegation who believes that selfishness was the downfall of man, and so they believe in helping all that is there. There selflessness is the reason they run the council. Dauntless think it was cowardliness that destroyed man, and so they are the protector of the fences that surround the place. Amity is all about loving everyone, though this book doesn’t get into them much. And Erudite thought ignorance was the reason man failed, they are all about knowledge, and the need for information. Though how far they will go to gain all the information?
This particular book is about the problems with Abnegation and Erudite, and the people of Dauntless.
And what the hell’s a Divergent? That too, is a very important part of this book.
first this book has the best cover ever, not so much the full design of it, but the paperback one (which is what I got) is in that high gloss so it sparks with the light. Which is awesomely cool, I think, and just that gloss makes the cover great ‘cause it catches the light and stuff. Just cool.
Now onto the context, which is really what you want to know, right?
Okay, so it took me a little bit to get into the swing of the way it’s written, or more so the place in which she sits while writing (they say, instead of said,) it’s very now, and can make it disorientating if you are use to reading a particular way. (It’s like the Evermore series, in that aspect), though it’s an easy book once I got the flow.
So it’s about a world to come. It’s great, the two territories that we got to see, the idea behind initiation was good, and even though you can see the flows, it’s not hidden.
The character, too, great, especially Will and Christina, who are so very different and yet, the same, they are my favourite, even if you’re not meant to make then yours, being that they aren’t the main characters or nothing, but I really liked them, liked how they weren’t threw the new place, and how it shows that old habits unfortunately die hard.
The main characters are Tris and Four, and there story is beautiful, hard, and filled with so much that it’s almost nothing. they are more similar then your realise at first and yet when you start to understand you see the massive differences in them, and fall in love so much more. They are great characters, a female that doesn’t seem to have an annoying part of her, she’s very real and no matter who you are you have something of her in you, even if you try not to let anyone now, she’s brave, selfless, inquisitive, selfish, caring, outspoken, quiet and just doesn’t understand a how lot about herself or others.
Four is great though, a guy that needs to be loved and any who read this would find it hard not to, if only a little. He’s what the faction should be, the kind of brave that holds nothing back, that sees that bravery as it should be seen, rather then what people want it to be. And I’m sorry if that doesn’t make sense, but it will when you finish the book. And you should, it’s the kind of book that should be held close and shared with everyone you come across. There is something very deep and yet, the book isn’t. It’s an acknowledgement without you realising your understanding it.
Though it’s a very teen book, and a young teen book at that, so don’t go into thinking too much about the love, though it’s there, the whole time, and you can see it, even when she can’t, if you’re wanting too, but it’s all very... new. Though again, you’ll understand if you’ve read it.

[tb], Insurgent, out May 2012
Parental note: there is nothing in this book that you couldn’t let any age read. It’s cleaner than anything I have read in a long time. And even the violence isn’t all that bad, isn’t written in a way that makes it anything but learning. It’s like... I don’t know, it’s just a good book and with a meaning that everyone should read.

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