‘Divergent.’ I had a couple friends recommend the book to me, the same friends who recommended ‘Hunger Games’ (which I didn’t like much), so I was hesitant to actually read the book. The synopsis felt familiar and after reading the first page I rolled my eyes and thought “another book about a teen girl written in first person, great.”
But curiosity got the best of me and I decide to start it. At first I wasn’t impressed. The book seemed to be following along with my worst fears; “Typical teen girl in turmoil as she tries to decide between home faction, which she doesn’t quite fit into and the faction she’s always been intrigued by.” Oh great drama.
I was slight intrigued by the idea of her being Divergent, whatever that meant, yet was still feeling critical and so not easily impressed. I found the Dauntless rather interesting and started to enjoy myself in their compound-I’m a sucker for violence, what can I say? Though I spotted Four a mile away. Actually I knew as soon as Beatrice jumped into the net. Yet you can’t imagine my relief when I discovered there was no love triangle-“Glory Hallelujah!” I think I really started enjoying the book as I read about Beatrice’s growth and change from Beatrice into Tris. I was impressed by her as she learned bravery and yet didn’t let go of the values she’d learned in Abnegation. She went through some real changes and I like to see a character change and grow. I also liked that most of her success in Dauntless was not because she was physically powerful, but mentally so. She does improve physically because of the Dauntless training and who wouldn’t *laugh,* but she doesn’t turn into some superhero.
I think in the end what I really liked about Divergent was the characters journey to self discovery, which led her to see the flaws in her world. Her connect with her old life was what stopped her from whole heartedly accepting the Dauntless values as the only values. And she eventually realizes that bravery and selflessness go together. And by discovering this she began to realize that all the virtues are equally important and that it isn’t right to divide them because that’s when a virtue becomes a flaw as the people become self-righteous and prideful.
I believe I liked the book because of its focus on morals, growth and family. It actually had some depth to it and wasn’t loaded down with silly drama and ridiculous love triangles.