It is definitely up there with ‘The Hunger Games’ as a very, very good book. I can’t say that it absolutely was as good or even better than it but I most definitely enjoyed it that’s for sure. First of all the comparisons are a bit silly in the first place as, as far as I can see the only similarity is that they are both set in a dystopian world. I suppose you could compare the factions to the Districts but… not really.
The best thing about Divergent is the storyline. I always love these books set in fantasy or dystopian worlds that are so completely different to the world we actually live in. I always picture myself living in their world and imagine if I could survive or even prosper as the heroines usually do. The answers usually no.
The heroine in Divergent is Tris who is instantly likeable in that she is so unusual and different from those around her. I really loved the whole concept for this world that the author came up with. The different factions for people with different tendencies in their personalities, the way those different factions only did certain jobs because of their personality tendencies. I just thought, wow this woman has really hit on something really original.
Even though there’s a love story between Tris and Four (Tobias) it’s more of a sideline or a subplot to the main plotline which only makes the book better in my opinion. Of course I love a good love story as much as the next girl but we’ve enough snivelling wrecks of overly hormonal, helplessly in love with the wrong guy, sixteen-year-old girl heroines (coughBellacough) without adding another to the mix. Tris and Four’s romance is made all the more special because they realise that there are bigger things going on in the world around them.
Basically the factions are not getting on like they’re supposed to, especially the Erudites and the Abnegations. The Abnegation faction contains all the worlds political leaders because of their supposedly selfless nature. The Erudites, who are supposed to be the most intelligent faction, are arguing that not all of Abnegation are as selfless as they make out they are and they also argue that some are too selfless for the rest of the worlds own good, hoarding food and money for the factionless (translation=people who didn’t or couldn’t fit in to any faction) instead of looking after the people in factions first. This finally comes to a head at the end of the book with a revolt against the Abnegation faction. I won’t tell you which side Tris takes but trust me it’s all terribly exciting!
It was definitely a book that intrigued and excited me and I’ve already invested in Insurgent so will be reading that soon. Definitely worth a read.
- narfna’s #CBR4 Review #45: Divergent by Veronica Roth (cannonballread4.wordpress.com)
- Divergent: A Book Review. (nuelenegallos.wordpress.com)