Book Review: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth

Hello!

Well, I have some exciting news to share with you! On the 20th of April, I hit the halfway point in my Goodreads Challenge by reading 10 out of 20 books! The same day, I started reading this book: Divergent by Veronica Roth. Honestly, it was on my TBR list but I wasn’t necessarily looking for it, but when I found it as part of Amazon’s Prime Reading, and I took it as fate. What I didn’t expect was that it would be my second longest book for the challenge and how grateful on the fact that I hadn’t watched this series as much as the Harry Potter films!

And yes, I will be talking about my feelings about the comparisons between the book and movie, but I’ll be leaving it until the end of this post. For now, let’s continue down this post.


9717320This first book in Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy is the novel the inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. This dystopian series set in a futuristic Chicago has captured the hearts of millions of teen and adult readers.

Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series, Divergent and its sequels, Insurgent and Allegiant, are the gripping story of a dystopian world transformed by courage, self-sacrifice, and love. Fans of the Divergent movie will find the book packed with just as much emotional depth and exhilarating action as the film, all told in beautiful, rich language.

One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior’s society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she’s determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.

taken from Goodreads.

Edit: As it is mentioned in the burb above, for anyone who has read this series, would I really like reading The Hunger Games? All three books are available on Kindle Unlimited and I’ve been tempted to get them. So I just want reassurance that I will enjoy them, 

When I first started reading the book, I was finally introduced to the character Beatrice or Tris as we grow to call her after the Choosing Ceremony. You get to understand her feelings over her born faction and the love of her family. The generated phrase “faction before blood” doesn’t matter to her really. She feels like she shouldn’t have to chose between her parents, brother and a whole new set of ‘family’ within her new faction. However, it is worth the mention, you can definitely feel the same drive she has to become part of Dauntless too. A part of her has always been influenced to figure them out and you can see how much she strives in that environment throughout her journey.

The amount of pages in this book is over 400+, which means you get to see every angle of the transformation of Tris, when she questions herself but yet she appears very strong too! You see her make friends for the first time and discover love–and then see it as part of her fears. The initiation stages are really overlooked in the film. It made her look more like a weakling compared to this thriving individual in the book. Yes, she is hiding herself as being a divergent but I still thought she could do it and I wasn’t thinking that when I watched the film, I viewed it as just a prediction. Here, there was room to see her mistakes and triumphs.

Another thing is that Jeanine Matthews is a pretty prominet character in the book, whereas she doesn’t even make an appearance until Insurgent movie. Her presences is very proud and knows exactly what she is doing to everyone. Between Tris and Jeanine, they are the main factors to the possibility that maybe one day I will finish the rest of the series. One good thing is that I’ve only watched the second and third films once, so I actually don’t really remember what goes on so I feel like it’ll make things a whole lot easier for me but I am also excited for that day I get to continue the journey of learning about the rest of Tris’s story.

Have you read the “Divergent” books by Veronica Roth yet? If you have, did you also see the films too? What were thoughts about the similarities or missing information to the characters? 

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Four!

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Howdy!

My little blog is four. It has over 1,000+ blog posts covering a hundred topics. I never thought I’d still be here blogging my life away, but here I am! I’ve been blogging since 2009, but this is my second blog. I’m glad I switched over to WordPress from Blogger in 2011, because I think back then my other blog was kind of keeping me down. I made that blog for part of my Grammar class during my senior year and always wondered if my old teacher was secretly followed me. So I thought I needed a new blog to start anew. I was smart with the first blog, as much as I talked about it with my family, I don’t think I ever let them see it. Once I made up this one, I started sharing the posts on my Facebook and Twitter and more family members finally got a peak into my mind. I’m still wondering if that was a mistake or not.

Even though I’ve been blogging all this time, this is still a baby blog. I didn’t have an overnight success like some do and I’m glad I didn’t. I don’t think I could deal with that kind of pressure. Whenever I look at my stats and see what country is leading in the most views of the day, it’s a little weird to see some of the countries on there. Every time I see a “1” for Poland I always think oh, looks like Ania has been reading my blog today! In 2012 I had my highest views ever, over 600+ views in one freaking day! I’m lucky if I get past 40 in a week nowadays. I’ve had a hard time dealing with it, I’ve discussed it with my mom and other bloggers and they all agree–stop looking at the stats! As much as I love seeing all of the different countries reading my blog, the declining numbers upset me. Have I become boring to people? Am I not relatable to people because I’ve chosen to talk more about disability issues?

A big difference from the past three years is that I feel like I’ve gotten bolder in certain subjects. Since reading and doing the book reviews of erotica novels, I’m a little bit more open to discuss love and sex. I finally got a chance to add music to my blog on a regular basis. I’m still surprised that I’ve continued to do my Tune Tuesday posts. I literally thought I’d give up on those after week three. I started doing more Life Lately posts and they have become a new favorite of mine! I try to do at least two a month! Once the new year I wanted to start doing OOTD posts and even though I’ve been publishing less than I wanted to, if I remember to remind my mom or sister to take a picture of my outfit then I’ll make a post. I’ve even adopted something that I hardly did in school–proofread! I’ve just started doing that because as I go to look back on my past blog posts I have a lot of mistakes. I’ve either misspelled a word or left it out altogether! I know I’m not the greatest writer in the world nor do I ever want to be. I just want to be somebody’s escape from life for five or ten minutes. I want somebody to have a small understanding what goes on in my day or in my mind. You won’t understand everything, but it will be enough.

Since getting in deeper in the blogging community last year, I have made a lot of new friends. I’ve also seen a lot of people with disabilities with blogs. At the start of my first blog, I would go on splurges on Google to try to find more people like me with blogs but there weren’t a lot out there. Now I’m happy to say, there are bloggers like Hayley-Eszti, Bloo, and Beth who are all disabled and blog just like me! It feels so good to find a place where you belong. I never felt like I could do that in school, mostly because you had to play sports to be popular. I’m still not popular but at least I feel like I am apart of something longer than a few weeks like when I did Powder Puff Football. Everybody can say what they want about people having a life on the internet. A lot of people around me five years ago wanted me to go to school to become a writer. There is no way in hell I’d ever become a journalist/reporter. I’m a blogger, I write about my life and everything in between! A blogger’s life is a life for me!

So thank you for the four awesome years of reading, inspiring, and giving me feedback! I am very excited for what’s to come later on and I hope you are ready too! 🙂

Meg(z)han.