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Monday, March 24, 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth--A Review

I am a hopeless insomniac.   If I have someplace to be the next morning, I can not sleep the night before.    I can pick up a book and read without it putting me to sleep.   I can count sheep, a big lot of good that does.   I can take night time sleep aids and I will still lie awake for hours.   Atgh!!   So I prowl the house and frequently startle those who are slumbering peacefully under our roof.

That is how tonight had gone.   I must take my grandson to an appointment with his Dr at 8 AM and grandma can't sleep.

SO I am going to review Veronica Roth's book Divergent.   Now that the movie is being released I decided it was high time I got on the ball and read the series.   If you have read the book and then watched the movie, please post your comment below and share what you felt about the book and the movie.

Here's the SYNOPSIS from GoodReads:

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

From My Perspective:

I read Divergent in two days.    Day one, I could hard;y put the book down; Day Two, I definitely couldn't put it down and so I read and I read some more.   As soon as I was done with supper, I had a date with Tris and Four and their friends and enemies.    This was a very intelligently written dystopian story about the political factions of a government seeking peace.   It touched on the previous political system and why it was abandoned, causing the birth and development of the five factions.   But even in rebirth, there is the ever present evil that accompanies those in power and those who long to be in power.

Roth's characters were strong and well developed, each competitive and some with their own agendas.    Some of the competitors were doomed for failure.   Some would be found to be friends as well as competitors and some would be life long enemies.   Divergent was packed with adventure, which exhiliarated Tris as she pushed her body and her mind to their limits.   I was glad for the sweet romance that developed between Tris and her trainer.

Oh yeah, I will see the movie, but I will first read Insurgent and Allegiant, books two and three in this series.  And I really can't wait to start in again.   We found the three book set at WalMart and felt very fortunate to bring it home.   I gave this a 5 Wink Rating.    Absolutely enjoyed this first novel!!

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.   My daughter and I purchased the three book set.   

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