Hello! If you followed my other blog, then you know that I have done a review of Veronica Roth’s Divergent. It wasn’t really a review though and I have progressed in my review writing, so I am going to write this review all over again before I post my review of Insurgent.
If you haven’t read the Divergent series, then you are missing out and if you aren’t really sure about reading the Divergent series, then you are missing out also. Divergent is awesome, but I have to prove my point by showing you my review. Check it out!
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher / Published By: February 28th, 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
About: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance. (Goodreads)
“A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.”
Okay, so when Divergent was turning big and popular and things like that, there was a lot of fuss from critics all over the world saying that this book was very similar to Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games series. I am just going to say that it is nowhere similar to her series. Sure, they include two female heroes that save their dystopian world, but they are completely different.
When you turn sixteen in this dystopian Chicago world, you have to decide if you want to venture out and go to a different faction or if you want to stay in the faction that you already live in. For Beatrice, that means that she could learn a huge secret that could change everything when she takes her aptitude test.
“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”
Almost everybody knows that Beatrice Prior picks Dauntless, a faction where you have to learn how to take risks and do dangerous things. Everybody underestimates Beatrice because she came from Abnegation and everybody calls her “Stiff.”
What I really like about Tris is that she isn’t afraid to show everybody that she is not just another girl who decides to give Dauntless a try, she is brave and a fantastic role model for tweens, teens, and even adults. She shows everybody another side of her that nobody has ever seen, not even her mom, her dad, or her brother Caleb.
Tris learns how to do what the Dauntless does and if she doesn’t like it, then she has to be factionless. If she becomes factionless, that means that she made the wrong choice and she will never live a life in a faction again.
The only part that I didn’t like was that it seemed like after when Tris chose Dauntless, she was starting to change a lot. She was starting to mature and grow up and become a hero in a matter of days. I mean, it takes a while for a person to mature and grow up, but for Tris it didn’t take that long. I mean, it took like five seconds to her.
“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”
Tris isn’t just another Katniss Everdeen, she is her own person. Sure, if Katniss and Tris met each other like in a fan-fiction or something like that, then they would probably be able to get along and fight evil together, side by side like superheroes.
Tris is unique and she is so much different from Katniss Everdeen. Even though Divergent got its fame and popularity from The Hunger Games by posting videos and pictures all over social media etc, they could go without The Hunger Games helping them out in the popularity contest.
They probably got their videos and pictures posted on social media because what if Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth were friends? What if J-Law knew the cast of Divergent and they all became best friends forever? Sometimes, new series need a speed boost and once they get out into the spotlight, everybody loves them because they have movies and fan-pages, even dolls based off of the popular characters.
“Peter would probably throw a party if I stopped breathing.” “Well,” he says, “I would only go if there was cake.”
This book was so unique and it was a pleasure to read because it was so amazing. When I got the book, I instantly got hooked into the story and it felt like I was in Dauntless. Even though I wouldn’t survive in Dauntless, I wouldn’t survive at all. I should go to Amity where everything is calm and peaceful and people settle everything the right way. Plus, they were two colors instead of one.
Hey, these are the perks of being a book freak. You read books, see what you love about them, and then you tell the world why you love them. Plus, there is a whole other long process, but let’s stick with the short one for now.
To sum what happens to be my longest review ever up, this book is a four star book. It was unique, amazing, and well written. Yes, Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth may use the same easel, but they write with a different paintbrush.*