Guest Blogger: Megan, Grade 10
Setting(Time): the future
Setting (Place): Chicago
What would you rate this book: 4 out of 5 stars
I rated Divergent four stars because it is a very good book that kept me wanting to read every second of the day but, it is not five star material because some parts were predictable.
Veronica Roth’s dystopian novel Divergent is the first book in the Divergent Trilogy. In Divergent, the main character Beatrice Prior must overcome numerous difficulties including trying to find her place in her unusual society, entering adulthood, and dealing with a government that is very controlling. Because I had never read a book quite like Divergent before, I loved it. The main character Beatrice, or Tris, is relatable to teenagers on a smaller scale. Teenagers can take Tris’s experiences and relate them to the experiences they have had before such as seeing a person they like and having the feelings of “first love” and also trying to find their place in our society as they grow up, as in what they want to do with their lives in their futures. However, in most ways the book and characters are not very realistic because it is a dystopian novel - a work of fiction set in an alternate future where the world has been altered by an unforeseeable world disaster - and I could not picture our world being so destroyed by war and conflict that we would have no choice but to form a society like Tris’s where everyone can only be one quality: brave, kind, intelligent, selfless or honest. On the other hand, I think it is possible for a government to brainwash their people to think a certain way like the government has in Divergent, although it would take a long time to fully brainwash all their people. I would recommend this book to teenagers because it is a quick, enjoyable, and rollercoaster of a book that makes the reader feel many different emotions as they get to know the characters better and as they go through unexpected challenges; Divergent is a story about love, hardships and rebellion that will keep anyone turning the pages all night long. Enticing Passage:
“I feel like someone breathed new air into my lungs. I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent…”
I think teenagers would like this book more than adults would because in the novel, it follows the story of a teenage girl who is trying to discover herself while dealing with love and heartbreak and rebellion; I feel like teens could relate more to it than adults ever could. Other people should read this novel because it is a story unlike any other that I have read and Roth does an amazing job of creating her own unique and original fictional world that can be easily pictured in one’s mind. Also, it is a book that is very easy to read so most people would not find it hard to understand or follow.
Want to make a recommendation?
* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten