CURRENTLY READING:The Supernova Era by Liu Cixin

14 April 2013

Divergent by Veronica Roth

A book review

My love: ♥♥♥♥○

This book is the first of the dystopian trilogy. Even though the whole massive dystopian trend is getting over-done (aka: boring), I still felt attracted to this book because of the character. Human and evolving, not a whining damsel in distress and (thanks to all the goodness in the Universe and Veronica’s wits) no-love-triangle. The character is Tris, whom at 16 must choose one of 5 factions in which this futuristic Chicago society is divided. The five are Dauntless, Amity, Erudite, Abnegation and Candor. Dauntless, the one she chose, promotes the value of courage. Tris chose this even though her true results were “Divergent”, which meant she could belong to any of three and her mind and will is stronger than the rest, thus being dangerous for the powers-that-be in a society where they want to control everyone. She is not the only one, which are kudos points for Veronica. Nothing about the “you are the one” subject.

The book is fast phased and fun. A long initiation ritual filled with conspiracies and Tris’ struggles with her identity. The fact that she needs to belong somewhere, stopping her from becoming who she wants and is supposed to be, and how she overcome this (though tragic) made this story worthy of my time. Her emotions were complicated and real. She was both selfish and unselfish, a coward and brave, a liar and honest, sweet and bitchy. The romance was light and strong, like the perfect amount at the perfect moments. Sure you puke a bit at the end, but hey, let her write what she wants. I still liked it. The way Tobias supported Tris’ strength instead of feeling the need to protect her, was an amazing way of showing how love should be.

The whole society itself in a way don’t make sense, I have to admit. It’s a bit stupid how they came up with such rules. But, again, it’s fiction, so chill about it. Just imagine is the only way the world could be and enjoy the ride. That is the point of these dystopian stories, what if. What if a society is divided in attributes rather than money or power, or even hierarchy? What if you must choose one or live disconnected form the whole world forever? And what if the revolutionary time arrives and the characters need to confront the fact that all those attributes combined are stronger than just one? What if they realize, they are just all humans with one simple goal, to belong?

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