Wordy Wednesday – My Review of Divergent

Well. Once again, it has been forever and a day since I’ve updated. I’m a blogger fail. I apologize.

Today, however, I welcome you to Wordy Wednesday. What is that, you ask? Well, from here on out, Wednesdays will be the designated day on which I say whatever’s on my mind. Let me warn you, that can be a scary thing.

Today, we’re going to kick this off with my review of a book that likely needs no introduction. I read Divergent at the beginning of this year, and while I loved it, I gave it away in hopes of spreading the joy to a fellow reader. However, with the buzz surrounding the upcoming release of Insurgent, I decided that I needed a re-read. Immediately. So, I promptly ordered myself another copy.

It arrived Monday morning. I finished it Tuesday afternoon.

I tore through that sucker in less than two days, and it’s safe to say that I loved it even more the second time around. This review will contain some spoilers, so if you haven’t read it yet, look away and GO GET THIS BOOK.

Divergent is a dystopian novel set in Chicago after society is destroyed, though we’re never really told exactly what happened. It begins with the main character, sixteen-year-old Beatrice, preparing for a test which will help determine which faction she “belongs” in. There are five factions in their world: Abnegation  (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Erudite (the intelligent), and Dauntless (the brave), who all live together in relative peace. While most teenagers are shown to lean more strongly to one particular faction, Beatrice is determined to be what is known as Divergent. It’s very rare, and as she soon realizes, very dangerous.

When the time comes to make her choice, Beatrice decides to join the Dauntless, which inevitably separates her from her close-knit Abnegation family. While she makes her way through the initiation process, she begins to understand more about herself and her inner strengths than she ever thought possible. She discovers that maybe she wasn’t as selfless as she once thought, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Beatrice, who changes her name to Tris upon entry into the Dauntless faction, is what I consider to be a strong female character. She’s brave, but she also has a vulnerable side that peeks through when the going gets tough. She was very relatable, in my eyes. I found myself rooting for her throughout the entire book. During her training, she slowly realizes that there is a ripple amongst the factions that she wasn’t quite aware of before.

“Something big is happening, Beatrice. Something is wrong.” These words spoken by her brother are so ominous, and oh-so-true. The book is action-packed and kept me turning the pages like a mad-woman. As soon as I finished my re-read, I looked at my calender and wanted to scream because May 1st is so far away. I know once that day rolls around, I’ll be giddy with excitement until the mailman arrives with my lovely pre-ordered book in all its glory.

This review was brief, but for good reason, and that reason is this: you need to read this book! I can only give so much away in good conscience because I want you to see for yourself just how fantastic this story is.


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