Divergent by Veronica Roth (book review, by Iris).

June 10, 2014 | By | Reply More

In the ruins of a futuristic North American dystopia, where civilisation has become split into separate isolated groups, each that has specific qualities, follow one 16 year old feminist icon in her trilogy that has become a worldwide bestseller as she overcomes the corrupt government and leads her nation to freedom.

Sound familiar? That’s because Divergent, the latest teen sensation, has crudely copied The Hunger Games recipe for a successful teen book word by word. As you follow the female protagonist, Tris, get ready to rage, love and laugh, but most importantly feel clever and superior over twilight readers as you read words like ‘government’, which hint at a deep and meaningful book with underlying meanings and messages like the Hunger Games, but don’t go any further then the word ‘society’.

Divergent by Veronica Roth (book review, by Iris).

Divergent by Veronica Roth (book review, by Iris).

After complaining about the hardships of growing up in the faction Abnegation which only requires you to be kind and not eat hamburgers, being the selfless faction and one of the seven factions, Candor for the honest, Erudite for the intelligent, Amnity for the peaceful and Dauntless, for the brave which are the divisions of Chicago, she will be faced with the choice of which faction to choose to live in. She holds the decision off till the last minute then rushes it, choosing dauntless, where she can abandon her loving family and have them replaced with a harsh training regime, where she learns to fight, shoot a gun and eat a hamburger. She is then threatened with the possibility of becoming factionless when it is announced that not all the initiates will be accepted, some will fail and be kicked out, to live on the street in such poverty that the only food they get will be lovingly made for them by the Abnegation and taken straight to them without requiring for them to work or give anything back. Faced with such a horrible future, she works extra hard to convert her small, puny body and state of mind into one that will allow her to remain in Dauntless. It is then that she meets four, and the love element of the story begins.

If you like simple yet greatly exaggerated love lives that are only there to hide the fact that some teen bestseller books *Twilight* cough *Mortal instruments* cough, have no plot, then you’ll love divergent, which follows the awful trend. In a dramatic love circle of Tris, a one dimensional girl, Four, a character who attempts to stand in for both Peeta and Gale at the same time, be gripped by her struggling to decide between Four and Four, then be shocked by her final choice of Four.

When disaster strikes and Erudite launch a plot to take over the government by injecting the Dauntless with mind controlling drugs that conveniently don’t affect the two protagonists, they must shut down the simulation before all of Abnegation is murdered. Then Tris is left alone as the sole heroine when Four is injected with the mind controlling drug. Using the power of love, Tris snaps Four out of it just in time for them to reach the dramatic finale to the book, where they press a button and stop the simulation drug. The book then ends on that tense cliff-hanger, leaving teenagers clamouring over each other to buy the next book.

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