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Book: DIVERGENT  By: Veronica Roth

Review by Aleksandra


 Well I saw the book Divergent when I went to Chapters and I was sort of interested in it. I had seen really good reviews and suggestions from Hunger Games pages saying that if you were a fan of the Hunger Games, then you would love Divergent. Now, I am a really big fan of this series!

Summary: There is the main girl, Beatrice Prior, age 16,  who lives with her brother and parents in Chicago. However, it  isn’t your everyday Chicago. No, it is broken into 5 “factions” or homes: Abnegation–the selfless (her home) , Amity–the peaceful, Candor–the truthful, Dauntless–the fearless or brave, and Erudite–the intelligent. At the special age of 16, they are no longer children, but adults and they have to choose where they want to be in life. At a “Choosing Ceremony” they chose from one of those 5 factions after doing a special test, and they forget their old lives. For Beatrice, her new faction wasn’t one of the five. She was different, one that very few people could be and was dangerous. She was Divergent. She chose a faction and learned that there are people that are against the Divergent, as well as she’s not the only one who was Divergent. A mass change of power ruling comes into play and to stop the wrong people from gaining power just might get her killed in the process.

My thoughts: This is a really phenomenal book. It really keeps you on your toes, making you wonder what is going to happen and you always are trying to guess the next event, but you’re in for a surprise. There are so many twists in this book that you cannot put it down and you’ll have a luring feeling towards the book.

 Since I have read the Hunger Games, I really enjoyed this book because it has a lot of the familiar dynamics, the power holders, the different living conditions, the strong female leader, the fighting and action (which Divergent does have), and also…the romance factor (but not too much romance). I also did notice that some of the events in Divergent and the Hunger Games were somewhat similar, but they had different ending to the situations. That doesn’t mean though that you have to read books like the Hunger Games to read Divergent, or that Divergent is like another Hunger Games. That’s the thing, it’s it own tale.

I really liked learning about the different fear factors that play into the story and finding the messages that Beatrice learned throughout about being brave and courageous and what it really means to create your own outcome and how to fend for yourself.

All in all, I really loved Divergent, and now I am starting the second book in this series/Trilogy. It is a really great read, especially for summer and I think it won’t disappoint!

I give Divergent: 4 out of 5 stars.

Thanks and I hope you’ll love the book as much as I did!

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