I’ve read a lot of good things about Divergent and I’m a sucker for a dystopian book. I like them far too much and as weird as it seems, the more dystopian novels I read, the more dull real life seems sometimes. Does that make me weird?
In Divergent the population is split up into five factions: Abnegations, Dauntless, Erutide, Amity and Candor. Oh and the Factionless, who are homeless.
At the age of 16 every boy and girl must sit aptitude tests and decide which faction they will spend the rest of their lives in.
For 16 year old Beatrice, choosing a new faction isn’t easy at all. Born into abnegation, she has always struggled to be truly selfless and when her aptitude tests reveal she is a Divergent, her life hangs in the balance.
Deciding she can’t spend the rest of her life in abnegation, she chooses Dauntless, a faction of fearless people who’s role is to protect the city.
Two thirds of the book covers Beatrice’s, or Tris as she renames herself, Dauntless initiation with the real storyline only really getting going in the last 100 pages.
During initiation she learns just how dangerous being Divergent can be, she uncovers a secret about her own mother and falls head over heels in love with her tutor, Four, who has a secret of his own.
I have a few little niggles with Divergent, but it was written so brilliantly that I didn’t care at all. (Which really is saying something as I love a good moan) It was just written so well that I kept on reading and I was actually sad to finish.
My main niggle was the representation of the Dauntless, they were described as people with crazy coloured hair, piercings and black clothing. The reason I didn’t like it was because the way you dress doesn’t make you fearless, and I feel a little bit like the book was trying to say people who dress that way and have tattoos are crazy and fearless, which is seriously untrue. I went through a stage if wearing black clothes, had piercings and crazy coloured hair and I’m not fearless, I’m scared of everything.
My other niggle was the way the ‘city’ or ‘world’ was described, or not described to be more accurate. At the beginning of the book Tris says that she lives in Chicago, but other than the mention of the Sears Tower there was nothing about it that defined it as Chicago to me. I think it would have been better to say it was once Chicago.
I couldn’t really see how the whole world or city fit together anyway since there wasn’t much description on where things where and how things were laid out. It just seemed a bit disjointed to me.
Before I read Divergent I read a few reviews and saw that Four and Tris’ relationship made some people feel uneasy, I personally had no issue with it.
I really liked Fours character, I think I liked him more than Tris as he truly was part Abnegation and Dauntless. Things got better as in my minds eye he was a younger, hotter Adam Levine who hadn’t shaven for a couple of days. (It’s the facial hair that does it)
Some of the ideas discussed in Divergent really struck a chord with me, especially Four saying that being fearless isn’t getting over a fear, it’s controlling it and managing it. As someone who suffers with anxiety and OCD, that was a nice reassuring idea that I’m sure I’ll think of a lot in the future.
Some of the reviews I read before starting the book complained that the idea of having five factions which all have their individual traits to help stop all the evil in the world is seriously flawed, but the book reveals this and highlights it, that’s the main issue within the book!
I’m really looking forward to starting Insurgent and hope we get to read more about the Candor and Amity factions.
I’d recommend Divergent to anyone who loves Dystopian novels.
What did you think of Divergent?
4 Out of 5