Book Review(s): The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

I absolutely loved the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth.

The first two books, Divergent and Insurgent were my favorites while the last book, Allegiant was probably my least favorite.

The Divergent Series is wonderful if you are fan of The Hunger Games

The Divergent Series is based in the future and we are introduced to Tris and her family who are Abnegation.

They live in a society where there are 5 different factions: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite.  Each faction is known for a certain character trait.  Candor are honest to a fault.  In fact they can’t keep their mouths shut no matter how hurtful they are.  Abnegation are selfless.  They do for others but never for themselves, as a point of humility but it becomes a source of pride for many…which seems to be the exact opposite of what they want to achieve.  Dauntless are brave.  They are so brave that they die early because they become inured to harming themselves.  They HAVE to prove they are brave; the more dangerous the better.  Amity are peaceful and in their quest to do no harm they choose a path of least resistance.  That path, while paved with good intentions can often leave you on the losing side.  A non-choice is still a choice.  Lastly, Erudite are super intelligent.  So intelligent in fact, they believe every one is too stupid to figure out their game.

Tris is different.  Oh boy, is she different.  Each faction child gets the opportunity to choose where they want to be and they are given a test to show them their “path”.  Usually, a faction child will have two choices.  Tris on the other hand…is Divergent.  As the series goes on, you will find out why Divergent are treated the way that they are.  They are dangerous.  The how and why will be revealed.

I enjoyed this entire series.  I truly did.  It kept me enthralled and there were many turns and twists that I was not expecting.  I liked how Tris was hard-core and soft.  Weak and yet strong.  A dichotomy to be sure.  She was the type of girl whom I identified with because of those very things.

I hated the end of the series.  And not for the reasons most people probably did.

I was not a fan, and am still not a fan of 1st person POV.  I especially did not like the 2 people 1st person POV in the last book.  I understood it from a literary sense and why it had to happen that way…but I often felt in the 3rd book as if I were hearing Tris’ voice inside Four’s dialogue.  (He’s a character that we learn more about through out the series…he was someone I loved and then hated and then pitied.)

I thought Veronica Roth did a very good job showing the inherent good and bad of trying to be just one thing or another.  By trying to be just one character trait, we forget and often squash the others for fear of looking weak…no matter what the trait is.  Her plot and characters were well developed and I was totally invested in the characters till the very end.

I would suggest reading all three of these books in successive order.  YES, they are that good.  I like it when an author takes me on a journey and leaves me quite satisfied with the end.  My issue with the last book was not how it ended…I thought it ended rather appropriately…it was the style it was written in that I had the issue with.

These were amazing books to read…I cannot wait to see the movie…and I loved sharing these with my daughters!

 

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2 thoughts on “Book Review(s): The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

  1. I really enjoyed Divergent, and I liked Insurgent a little less. I haven’t even tried Allegiant yet, because I already know what’s going to happen – dystopias can be so depressing! I’ll get to it eventually though. What I DID like about the first two books in the series – and this is something I felt Hunger Games completely lacked (at least the first book…haven’t read the others) – is the moral strength of Tris. She learned from her mistakes, and really questioned her motives every time she had to partake in a violent activity. That meant a lot to me.

    1. Yes! Her moral compass is inherent and it’s nice to see that in a heroine. Another character I can think of with this moral compass is Keladry from Tamora Pierce’s “Protector of the Small” Series. I have enjoyed her writing (maybe I should re-read and review those too!) since I was in elementary school. As I have gotten older, I have continued to read her stuff. Her writing has become a bit risque and by that I mean her latter books incorporate some themes that I would prefer my children not to read, but as an adult, it’s not awful. I would prefer if she didn’t put some of it in her books, but she’s the author and must see some reason to throw it in. Thank you so much for your comment! I can’t wait to hop on over to your site and peruse! Happy reading!

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