Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Release Date: April 25th, 2011
Series: Divergent #1
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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.
I was going to read DIVERGENT before the movie anyway, but when my co-blogger, Bec, discovered that I hadn’t read it yet, she pretty much forced me to pick the book up ASAP. She even threatened me with violence if I didn’t have it finished by the time she got back. I love a test (plus, she terrifies me) so I
mentally said: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
What would reading a five hundred page book with
a twelve hour limit be like ordinarily?
What was it like with DIVERGENT?
DIVERGENT is a book that hooks you immediately, gradually bringing you into this dystopian world that is based on five divisions, five factions, of society. Centering around Beatrice Prior, a young sixteen year old girl ready to make her choice of faction, the book allows you to get to know the world without the overwhelming info-dump.
It has flaws, just like every other book, but the pros far outweigh the cons. Tris would make some poor decisions at times, perhaps not thinking all of them through, but she is sixteen. She’s still trying to find herself and where she belongs, quite literally since you only have five options and you better be sure of the one you pick, but she grows throughout the book, discovering who she really is and what she believes in.
“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”
Four would probably be my favorite character in the book, and it just so happens he is the love interest. A slow developing romance is awesome to journey through, and that’s is exactly what happened in DIVERGENT. Tris isn’t a weak protagonist that swoons over everything Four does, and she earns his respect multiple times throughout the book even though she is almost always at a disadvantage. They are a great match.
What Faction Would You Be In?
I’m a little too selfish to be Abnegation, but I do love to help people. I believe everyone should be a bit of every single one of these factions, but if I had to pick just one, I believe I would be Candor. I’m brutally honest. (Although I would want to be Dauntless because 1. Four and 2. Badassery) Of course, the Dauntless initiation would probably kill me and no way would I spill all my secrets in the Candor initiation. I might end up being factionless. What about you guys? There’s also a fun quiz to decide your faction. Let me know what you get!
Running Time: 139 mins
Starring: Theo James, Shailene Woodley
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Release Date: March 21st, 2014
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.
I saw this the day it came out and I really enjoyed it for the most part. It was great finally going to a book to movie adaption that had a full audience-Vampire Academy had a really sad turn-out. There was even a line waiting to get in for the next showing.
-Awesome casting is awesome. Near perfect I would say!
With the few exceptions of characters that looked too similar
–Almost everything was included. Definitely all the important details.
Some things were changed to fit in better but the main idea remained.
-Pretty cool special effects. No lame half-attempts.
-Tris and Four have great chemistry! Made for an awesome romance.
-A little too long?
Some people may not be bothered by this but I thought 2 and 1/2 hours was a bit much, especially when you were not expecting it to be that long, although I definitely enjoyed all of it.
Not a fan of the rushed “I love you” scenes in general.
That’s all I can remember right now. I only saw it once but would probably see it again. Give the movie a try if you are curious!