Hello and welcome back to another blog post movie and book review. Today I will be reviewing the book, Divergent, by Veronica Roth. Similar to the scenario of the Hunger Games, this book and movie explains life in a controlled environment with strict rules, a rather severe government, and a choice that could hurt or hinder the future ahead for everyone involved.
Beatrice Prior is sixteen when she goes through initiation with her brother, Caleb. The test determines which of the five groups you are sorted into (Candor, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity, and Abnegation.) and leaves you with a choice on which group to join. For Tris, she is sorted into a rare group called Divergent, which means she fits into more than one category. Her self must be kept a secret, for fear of Divergent is rampant, so Tris acts as normal as she can and chooses Dauntless in the hopes of finding a new life. During her training in her new home, she meets Four, a mysterious young man who acts rather harsh but is hiding his own dark secrets. Together, they must face their worst fears and hide themselves for long enough that they won’t be harmed.
So far, I have only read the first of the three books thoroughly, but what I have seen so far has been really good. The first book had their own little test to determine which faction you entered, which is always a bonus to me when there are extras.
I didn’t really have any favorites in this story (yeah….that’s a first.), but I really enjoyed the plotline. Even though it was similar to the Hunger Games, it also covered important truths about the world around us and about ourselves. The book is also pretty clean, with only a little use of God’s name in vain. It is also a pretty good-sized book, but not as large as The Wheel of Time books. Trust me, no book can ever be as big as those.
So, my rating for this is a 4 our of 5 with a thumbs up! The first book stays pretty clean, has a good storyline, and good characters, and usage of words is also appealing!