Friday, June 10, 2011
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Description from Goodreads.com
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.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance
My choice, if given the chance would have been Erudite. I would love to be able to learn new things everyday. Read and explore and build my mind to be able to create things and benefit society to help it run faster and more efficient. Also on the selfish side, I'd like to spend the majority of my days reading and learning new things. On the other hand if you asked my mother she'd tell you I am Candor.
I have heard people say Divergent is hard to read because the names of the factions are sometimes not used gramtically correct in the writing. But I never even noticed until I saw some twitter chat going on about it. Gladly I did not read the chats until I was done with the story so I was able to enjoy it without putting all those thoughts behind it.
This book really did get me thinking. If you want to bring up darkness is Young Adult novels (WSJ article reference) this book contains some pretty brutal stuff. I hear it compared to the Hunger Games often but I really cannot see much of a comparison to explore that further.
What I will acknowledge was how much it got me thinking about people, society and government. I ended up deciding that to label people to be just one thing would be telling you that your not really human. In this book you are born to have a purpose and raised to fit in this nice little square to fit society's needs. In my mind you really need to be able to encompass several of these things (Candor, Erudite, Dauntelss and Amity) to really even call ourselves humans, otherwise your really just a robot.
My thoughts as I read were focused on the trials they had to go through to become members of their factions. I constantly found myself thinking, so after all this training...what kind of jobs will they have that requires such intense-ness. (yes I am being vague as to not spoil you).
So hint..this book becomes very intense. A little introduction, keeps you guessing. Then lots of interesting stuff happening, keeps you guessing. Then BAM intense and jaw dropping "I cannot believe that just happened." reactions. Then of course the magical "When does book two come out..I have to have it NOW" reaction. http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/2011/05/divergent-book-trailer.html