Hey hey, bookworms. I put off writing this post for a few days, if only because I am STILL wrapping my head around it. But we’ll get to that later. Divergent by Veronica Roth (no spoilers, promise!) portrays a world set in future-day Chicago, where society is divided into five factions: Candor, Erudite, Amity, Abnegation, and Dauntless. Each of these factions contributes something to society in order keep order and balance–Candor are honest, Erudite are smart, Amity are peaceful, Abnegation are selfless, and Dauntless are brave.
When Tris turns 16, it is her turn to choose a faction. Although her family is Abnegation, she knows she doesn’t quite fit in there. But choosing another faction also means leaving her family behind. When Tris faces the aptitude test–a test everyone takes to determine what faction they belong in–a dangerous secret is revealed that threatens her life as she knows it. The series follows Tris as she begins her initiation and slowly peels back the layers of her city’s facade to find that everything is never as it seems.
I was hesitant when I first started reading because it seemed way too similar to Hunger Games. That couldn’t be more false, which made me so happy! It’s not until you finish the third book that you really realize how carefully crafted each book is. The plot is a spiderweb of suspense with just enough romance (FOUR ♥♥ ). Oftentimes I felt like I do when watching Scandal: I have no idea what’s happening, but I am still absolutely riveted. Ah, so hard to talk about it without giving spoilers, but I will say that I absolutely HATED the ending. HATE HATE HATE. HATE. Still this much hate after finishing it a few days ago.
Either way, I would totally recommend this series AND the movie. Usually I never find the movie adaptions as good as the books, but this movie was so spot-on. The music, the actors, everything. It was so perfect that I cried during the opening scenes. Gah, I’m embarrassing. Did you guys read it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!