He fulfills the roll of Slightly Creepy Older Guy Fixating on the Innocent He s her teacher and she s completely sheltered cue the romance Okay, they re only 2 years apart, but that s still statutory in my state Like I get it s supposed to be a steamy PG romance, but this seems borderline abuseMy first instinct is to push you until you break, just to see how hard I have to press, he says, his fingers squeezing at the word breakThis book focuses far too much on forcing the relationship and shoe horning Tris into the self sacrificing hero role that there s little time for anything elselike a plot.
So, I could go onand onand on with my nitpicking on this series but instead, I will leave you with my favorite scene of the book.
The Shower Scene aka thelet s get Tris naked BECAUSE REASONSThis is the scene where Tris learns that she can t fit in her clothes cause her thigh muscles were SO BIG after training in dauntless for a couple of weeks While this raises a number of concerning questions, namely HOW did they grow in the 15 minutes it took to take a showerand if she is such a body shamed abnegation girl, then why in the world couldn t she just wear her old clothes back to the dormBut we will disregard the obvious logic and solutions for the sake of the plot Due to her thunder thighs, Tris was forced to walk back in a towel to the dorms The tension to skyrockets with this completely unnecessary nude scene which consisted of several rape y vibes and the complete humiliation of Tris all to let the audience know that the Bad Guys are really Mean slow clapping in the background Overall, not particularly excited about reading the next one Audiobook CommentsHonestly, not that memorable BIG pile of meh.
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So I know I say this in dissenting opinion, as many on my friends list are partial to this book, but I could not stand it So before I go off on my tirade, I must explain You may be thinking to yourself why I gave it two stars and not one, if I m complaining so much Let me explain that two is pretty low on my scale Two is why did I buy this Or read this Or whatever One star is dramatic One is this should not have been written, which I have given out as you may know But no, I don t believe that of Divergent Roth has an interesting concept It had potential But it s the execution of the idea that was just awful to me.
I felt like I could feel what the author was thinking Regardless of whether or not this is true, this is what I felt the author was saying to me through my copy of Divergent minorish, and a few obvious spoilers to follow, major spoiler hidden under cut, you ve been warned Research Lol who needs to do that to write a book No I know how to write a book, okay I ve read other books so I know.
You know what was a good book The Hunger Games I liked Mockingjay as well, so I think I m going to put them together and write a book just like that Yea Okay Small petite girl, check Dystopia, check Living in an underground compound, check Lessons about bravery and self sacrifice, check Small girl trains with other people who are jealous of her success, check Kills people, check view spoiler Boyfriend gets programmed to hate her and tries to kill her, check hide spoiler
Heh I m torn now I eyerolled so much while reading this book that I may have permanently damaged at least some of my cranial nerves And yet I read it in one sitting, annoyingly and inexplicably entertained Go figure There just may have been some facepalming as well.
It s yet another young adult dystopia based on a stupid premise Seriously, it s plainly ridiculous If I had to compare it to something equally ridiculous it d have to be the notion of sparkly vampires I m not kidding Just listen to thisDecades ago our ancestors realized that it is not political ideology, religious belief, race, or nationalism that is to blame for a warring world Rather, they determined that it was the fault of human personality of humankind s inclination toward evil, in whatever form that is They divided into factions that sought to eradicate those qualities they believed responsible for the world s disarrayHow ridiculous is it Well, it s a dystopian Chicago where, in an attempt to battle the evils of this world people came up with a BRILLIANT idea to segregate into five factions , each of one is based on ONE quality that is supposed to be the uber defining feature of them Therefore we have the brave, the selfless, the smart, the truthful, and the kind Except some people can be than one of those the Divergent You know what this idea is missing A Sorting Hat yelling out, GRYFFINDOR as the character decides to make a choice and join the reckless brave I eyerolled at it in a children s book where it made its appearance I exasperatedly eyeroll at it now.
No, really That is stupid First of all, how exactly will our society ever get to the point where such thing becomes plausibleI mean, seriously at least we can imagine the world of The Hunger Games happening given current obsession with reality showsAnd second of all, how exactly is everyone in this world NOT Divergent They have an option to switch factions after being raised in one so basically it s okay to internalize the principles of than one of them How will that not make them Divergent So there s that, and the sheer impossibility of a person to live only within the rigid frames of one of the factions principles.
For instance, let s look at doctors, kay In this book, they belong to the faction of the kind Because, clearly, for this profession you don t need the smarts to learn medicine, the selflessness to sacrifice sleep and rest in favor of helping the sick, the bravery to cut into someone s bodily cavity, and the truthfulness to deliver bad news or admit when you don t know something Clearly it would take a special brain to use than one of these qualities not only simultaneously but EVER.
No wonder this world does not work well Duh I mean, how well does complete segregation work to create peace instead of creating new lines of division of Us vs Them Clearly complete segregation would do wonders to solve the violence causing issues in the world History showed us many examples of that And I cannot believe that up until this point in that universe nobody questioned the validity of this structureI think we ve made a mistake, he says softly We ve all started to put down the virtues of the other factions in the process of bolstering our own I don t want to do that I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and kind, and honestWell, duh Did it take centuries to come to this conclusion But here s the thing once you put in the gargantuan effort to overlook this stupidity and suspend your disbelief to the point that it helplessly dangles over an abyss, this book is actually fun despite all the faults, despite the shallow characters, despite the many elements so traditional to teen dystopias that you can t help but wonder whether they have been mass manufactured.
It s probably the sheer amount of action in this book nonstop action that makes action heavy plot itself giddy from action overloadDid I mention actionTris, the occasionally too dumb to live protagonist , does not ever seem to stop moving Running, jumping, falling, fist fighting, knife fighting, shooting, running, punching all that while she, a special Divergent snowflake, learns to fit in among the Dauntless, the Gryffindor brave read stupidly reckless faction of this universe view spoiler Tris on purpose nonfatally shoots two bad guys one of whom tried to actually rape her and kill her but kills one of her friends who was mind controlled via the actions of one of the aforementioned villains on purpose, when a disabling shot would have worked just as well And she shoots her friend AFTER she thinks she won points with God by not killing the villain hide spoiler As seen on The ReadventurerWe all know why Divergent was written There is no doubt 99% of dystopias published during the last year or so have been trying to at least partially replicate the success of the trilogy Public wants to read dystopian stories, publishers want to sell them, authors want to write them Everyone is happy I have read a few new dystopias recently and liked or disliked them to various degrees There are dystopias for any taste, dystopias that emphasize separate aspects of the trilogy There are dystopias that bank on romance Matched or Delirium There are dystopias that take the shock value route Wither And then there is Divergent that caters to the crowd who wants action in their dystopias And action this novel delivers In a few words, Divergent is a one long initiation trial Beatrice Prior is a member of a society that has been maintaining its peaceful existence by separating its citizens into 5 distinct factions These factions are formed on the basis of virtues they cultivate in their members Candor values honesty the most, Abnegation selflessness, Dauntless bravery, Amity peacefulness and Erudite intelligence At 16 all citizens take a test that is supposed to help them decide if they want to stay with the faction into which they were born or transfer to another faction forever Beatrice s test results are inconclusive and puzzling Ultimately she decides to abandon her own faction Abnegation and her family and enter another Dauntless But of course, the transfer is not easy The initiation trials are grueling Divergent is essentially a depiction of Beatrice s road to becoming a Dauntless, both physically and emotionally Beatrice s unusual test results come to play too, and in a major way.
This emphasis on multiple trials and exercises is the strongest and the weakest part of the story Veronica Roth has a special talent for writing great fighting scenes, pulse raising and adrenaline pumping scenes Her imagination in terms of inventing different tests and challenges seems to be limitless Something exciting happens to Beatrice every day of her trials But that is also the weakness of the story About 85% of the book is dedicated to action and exercises The actual story starts only around page 415 of this 500 page book Only then stakes are raised and real action begins If you ask me, 400 pages is a lot of prep to finally get to the meat of the story.
Don t get me wrong, I liked the book 3 stars means i liked it on Goodreads Divergent is good entertainment I liked it, I was engaged in the story, I was even excited quite often But something was missing for me The novel has good characters, but they are not quite as interesting and compelling as they could have been it has a lot of action, but the justification for the amount of violence involved is not quite adequate it has a cute romance, but it never quite makes your heart contract in that sweet, painful way you know what I am talking about, don t you the concept of factions is a unique one but not quite plausible the explanation what a Divergent actually is is not quite climactic finally, except for one plot twist p 415 , the story takes a rather predictable road.
I liked Divergent I liked it than Matched, Delirium or Wither I liked it less than Blood Red Road or Ship Breaker It entertained me It promotes all the good things bravery and self sufficiency, friendships, honesty, determination It is all about girl empowerment But as the same time it isn t particularly thought provoking or chilling It never truly touched my heart It is a write by numbers dystopia.
The verdict I guess, you ll have to see for yourself P.
S While I am on the subject of dystopias and have your attention, I want to recommend one of my most favorite dystopias that doesn t get nearly as much acknowledgment as it deserves Please, check out Neal Shusterman s Unwind You will not regret it.