Author: Veronica Roth
Published: April 25th, 2011
Genre: Dystopia, YA
During the summer vacation, I was finally able to begin reading the first part of the Divergent series.
When I finished the book after 3 days, I was curious about the second part immediately. I didn’t have the second part with me during vacation, but I will buy and read it as soon as possible now.
While reading the book, I had the feeling that it was in some way like mixture between a more brutal version of Harry Potter, and an American version of Naruto :’D The part with the mean teacher, Eric, reminded me of Snape. I am not sure, but I think there might be a twist with him at the end of the series maybe :D The fighting part at the beginning reminded me strongly of Naruto. I loved the beginning of the novel, indeed. It was quite interesting, and got more and more interesting the more I read.
I loved the whole dystopian idea of the factions. I would be in Amity, definitely, and I am looking forward for the second part because it is based on Amity I guess. I am really curious to find out about how they are living which seems to be quite the opposite from Dauntless :D the funny thing is that after I did the quiz at the end of the book about which faction I belong to, I got the most points for Dauntless and Amity alike. I would say that I probably would be a Divergent as well, but I would never be brave enough to go to Dauntless. So I would probably chose Amity. Anyway, the idea with the title of the novel is smart, because the Divergents in the book are actually just normal people, who don’t need any classification, just as we are today. Just after the initiation test was found, the sorting got easier. This is also a dystopian feature I guess, showing the advantages and disadvantages of a sorting, or an initiation like that. Of course, I liked the idea of the test, and would like to do it as well maybe as a kind of test or quiz. The idea of the factions is definitely interesting, and I hope to find out more about them in the next couple of books.
Another thing I found interesting about the novel was the fear therapy thing. That is actually based on something real that we know in our real world as well. Although this part was very interesting at the first few pages, I started to miss the battles from the first part of the book. They were more exciting, and the fear part got a bit boring after reading about the same sceneries three times in a row or something. I would have liked to read some more about the fears of other characters, Christina for example, and not the repeating scenes of Four and Tris. In general, their relationship formed a little bit too fast and too predictable in my opinion.
Other predictable turns of the book were the revelation of Four and Tris’ Mother. I have foreseen both turns. It was quite obvious in my opinion, so I was a bit disappointed for these parts of the book.
However, the characters were quite interesting, and the death of Al was a bit shocking for me. I wouldn’t have expected that, and I really felt pity against his situation.
My favourite characters were Christina and Four, but I also liked Tris. She was a quite good protagonist since she went under a transformation from the beginning of the book.
My favourite quote of the book was a simple one from Christina: “Who cares about pretty? I’m going for noticeable”. So true!!!
Final rating – 4/5: All in all, a good book. Although a bit predictable in some parts, the whole idea of the plot is interesting and promising.