Divergent – Book Review

Hello there,

Hope you are all well and enjoyed a little glimpse of summer at the weekend. Now that the weather has reverted back to the typical British temperatures I am used to, it makes me want to curl up with a book indoors.  Comment below what books you are loving at the moment and perhaps we can have a mini book club 🙂

A friend of mine suggested I read the Divergent series as we have similar tastes in novels and she was very right. Honestly there is no easy way to say which genres are my favourite as I change it up every month. Last year, the Game of Thrones novels took up most of my time so when I finished them I read a lot of murder mystery novels from the Top 10 on Amazon.  Always a good place to find some cheap/quick summer reads!

The first novel, Divergent, was published in 2011 by the author Veronica Roth.  It’s a young adult (YA) series which even for a 28 year old “girl” was still a thrilling read.  It is set in dystopian Chicago where people choose between one of the five factions (Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite) when they are 16 at the Choosing Ceremony which are based on their personalities and social settings.  However, as the story evolves we find there are Divergents among them who do not solely belong to one faction.  As Chicago is surrounded by a wall to protect those inside from what are believed to be monsters makes the reader want to find out more and go on the journey with the characters. Spoilers!

Beatrice “Tris” Prior is a strong and mature character which makes it easy to forget that she is 16 years old. The love story between Tobias “Four” Eaton was intense for the characters ages but helped make this novel seem less tweeny.  Both are from the faction Abnegation who transferred to Dauntless and have to survive the challenges their new lives throw at them, you know, like throwing knives and fighting people.  The fight scenes make for some graphic imagery which makes you want Tris to fight harder and succeed.

The concept of the factions really interested me and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the interactions with each other and how this evolved when they transferred to other factions.  If I had to choose a faction, I think I would go for Amity. They seemed the happiest, albeit they were on some form of drugs, but it seemed they had a better understanding of the way their world worked within the wall.

Once I finished Divergent I had to download the subsequent novels, Insurgent and Allegiant, however at the moment I haven’t read the Four short stories.  After each novel I would watch the corresponding film which has slightly different from the original story.  I am one of those people who prefers to read the book first but I don’t sit there banging on about how this is wrong because the story has changed.  For me, it makes them like separate stories and I think that’s why I still enjoy them.  The casting was spot on!  Shailene Woodley played Tris perfectly and, of course, who wouldn’t be unhappy with Theo James as Four.

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Have you read the Divergent series? If so let me know what you thought about the novels overall and of course the controversial ending!

Thanks for reading

Kirsty x



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