SpeculativeFiction


Divergent


The premise of this novel is intriguing. What if you had to pick a faction to define the rest of your life - abnegation, candor, erudite, amity, or dauntless? And had to abide by that faction's traits, or be exiled? Of course it's a silly idea, because nobody embodies just one set of traits, but what if you could only choose one faction and had to live like that for the rest of your life? So, I picked up the book out of curiosity to explore that premise. That, and I like dystopian novels. This novel doesn't come close to the edge of my seat hold on me that the first Hunger Games book did, but it was still a good read. It was fast paced. The romance happened at a rather unlikely speed. I could have done without the romance at all, but I suppose Roth threw it in to draw teen girls or something. Events happened somewhat conveniently now and then to get the heroine out of a jam. It was very much a black and white world - the good characters were good, while the bad characters were bad. I enjoyed the gumption of Beatrice, and her determination to survive in her chosen faction and her determination to make things right, and her exhilaration at finding the fearless part of herself. The book has been made into a movie, to come out in March 2014, so it will be interesting to see how the screen version lives up to the book.

This entry was published Sun Aug 25 20:10:29 CDT 2013 by storm2013 and last updated 2013-08-28 08:33:19.0.

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