They Call It Divergent – Book & Movie Thoughts

April 12, 2014 Review 52 ★★★★½

They Call It Divergent – Book & Movie Thoughts
Divergent by Veronica Roth
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Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Source: Purchased
Pages: 287
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?

divergent faction symbols

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!


divergent movie poster

Title: Divergent
Rating: PG-13
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.

-Rushed romance?
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!

Rating Report
Overall: 4.4

52 Responses to “They Call It Divergent – Book & Movie Thoughts”

  1. Sara B.

    I loved the book! I loved the movie! Of course, just like most cases, I thought the book was better than the movie and both have their faults, but overall, I think this is a pretty great series. I really enjoyed reading all the books and I’m looking forward to the rest of the movies! Glad you enjoyed it too!
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    • Alise

      I really liked both too :) Yeah, I agree. Nothing is perfect! Thanks! I have yet to read the other two books in the series because I’m pretty afraid by everyone’s comments and the ending of Allegiant, which was spoiled for me :/

  2. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    LOVED your GIFs to describe the reading process. Something similar happened to me when I was reading it. I flew through the pages before I realized I was done. Great review (s). I was a bit surprised when Tris threw the “I love you” thing out, but I guess I was fine with it because I had already read the book? I don’t know.
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    • Alise

      Thanks :D Yeah, this one had really great pacing! It didn’t bother me too much but I definitely had the Grumpy Cat look on my face after she said it, like “really?” Ah, well. Such is the way of these things :P

  3. Neysa Kristanti

    I definitely agree with you about the special effect. Those dystopian Chicago is just so realistically awesome O.O
    And yep, perfect casting! Especially Eric which really make me want to run to the front of cinema and give him a kick in a face the very first time he appeared.

    Nice review, Jen! Glad you love it! :)

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    • Alise

      True! Although I sometimes don’t do a reread and I find that I am less picky because I can’t remember those little details ;) Yep! Thanks!


    • Alise

      Exactly! It was really a shame because I didn’t think the book was like that at all. Then again, the book did have ~500 pages to develop the romance, but still.

  4. Amelia

    I loved the Divergent books! I went to see the film and thought it was great!! There were only a few missing scenes but other than that great! Lovely blog post, I really enjoyed reading it!

    • Alise

      Boo, Melliane. You can’t just go around seeing the movie first.

      Just teasing! ;)
      I’m on the second book so I know what you mean about wanting to know what happens!

    • Alise

      Thanks! I thought about that too, it went from passive aggressive comments to full blown “We are trying to kill this girl” ha.

    • Alise

      *whispers* Divergent!

      Aw, that’s too bad! I hear Allegiant has a really wicked ending, I still need to read it as well!

  5. Romi Foster

    Awesome review! I had a lot of fun reading it and am glad you, similarly, had an excellent time reading Divergent! It took me about 40 pages (ish) to get into, but then I ADORED it, though the sequel went polar opposite for me and now I can’t bring myself to read Allegiant, and I don’t really have much interest in the movie, so I doubt I’ll end up seeing it. Still, I’m happy it all worked so well for you! Finding new favourites is great!
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    • Alise

      Unfortunately, I have heard that a lot. Which is really disappointing :( I already know the gist of both books because they were spoiled for me but I’m also pretty doubtful about them. Thank you :)

  6. Kezia D

    ALISE FINALLY YOU READ THIS. I’m so proud of you — and Bec for pushing you to read it hahaha.

    I loved the movie as well! I think it’s one of the better adaptations out there. My favorite scene is definitely the zipline scene! If only there had been Uriah, it would have been perfect but anyway, I’m sure the movie people know what they’re doing. I hope they’ll find the right Uriah. I’m glad that most of my friends end up loving the movie as well — even those who hated the series really enjoyed it. The only thing that bugged me is the close up shots. I thought there were too many of them it became a bit awkward to see zoomed up face all the time O_O

    • Alise

      :D Thank you, thank you! Bec’s probably laughing maniacally right now.

      It so is. You couldn’t have worded it better. I think even hardcore people who obsess over the little things wouldn’t have too much of an issue. That was a great scene! So cool looking. Same, I was sad about Uriah. You know, that’s funny because now that you mention it, I can only remember constant close up on Tris’s face xD

  7. Kirsty-Marie

    I planned on reading it before the movie. It didn’t happen. I planned on seeing the movie. That hasn’t happened yet either. But with the book, I’m really put off by the pages, and I did try to read it before and kind of gave in within the first 5 pages (I know, bad)I’ll probably go back to it one day. Glad you enjoyed it though, and the film! Okay, so I got Amity. HOW THE HELL DID I GET AMITY?! You appreciate music and the arts Okay. You believe that aggression and hostility are to blame for most of the world’s problems. Hmmm. Others see you as sometimes flaky or indecisive I am not flaky. I dislike this test.
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    • Alise

      Ha! I am the same way sometimes. That happened to me with the Book Thief, still haven’t read the book OR have seen the movie. That makes me think everyone gets Amity haha, because you aren’t the only one who has said that. Did you have a particular result in mind? Like one that matches more?

    • Alise

      She’ll be glad to know ;D
      Thank you! He really did, loved him! Awesome! I really want to see it again too.

  8. Summer/Sunny

    Your reviews made me smile! I love seeing someone discover a series I’ve loved (well, technically ONE book I’ve loved since I haven’t read the other two….), but still. I’ll go take the quiz, but man, I think I’d end up factionless too!

    • Alise

      Thank you so much! Haha, I haven’t either! People have really scared me with their talk about the other two so I’ve put them off :p

    • Alise

      Nice! I think I could do it as long as I would be guaranteed safety and know I wouldn’t die xD But I guess that defeats the purpose. Baha! Sure ;)

  9. Anna

    I haven’t seen the movie yet because I’ve been soooo busy but hopefully will be able to soon! :( I LOVED Divergent, but I was really disappointed with the way the trilogy ended. Can’t wait to see the movie! :D
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  10. Clodie

    I loved the books (finished Allegiant a couple of weeks ago and it tore out my heart) and the movie (I saw it last weekend and it was AMAZING!! Though I agree about the rushed “I love you” bit). You know how you said that everyone should be a little bit in each faction? Well, you’re actually correct! When you read Allegiant you’ll find out what I mean – don’t want to spoil it for you ;)
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    • Alise

      Ooh, that sounds very mysterious! I already know the HUGE Allegiant spoiler so it’s nice to have something else to look forward to when finishing the series. Glad you loved the books and movies :)

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