Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Divergent" by Veronica Roth

Dystopian societies continue to reign the Young Adult genre with the highly praised Divergent series. Beatrice discovers that her mind can't be controlled, which makes her a target in society. The high point of the series is that while Tris does have a love interest and great friends, she learns how to defend herself. She has her own opinions and she is willing to fight for them. The strong heroine in this series encourages readers to become strong as well. The first two books in the series builds up only to be let down in the last installment. The third book makes the series seem pointless within the first 100 pages, although it continues on for 400 more pages. As a whole, the books encourage young women to become strong and understand the meaning of sacrifice and love.

Beatrice Prior takes a test that is supposed to tell her what future to choose. However, the test fails because Beatrice is different. She is able to choose her path but in this society, being able to choose is bad. Beatrice changes her name to Tris and hopes to hide the truth about what she can do.

Highlights: Transformation from Beatrice to Tris

Lowlights: Violence, rejection


Tris struggles to deal with the deaths of those close to her that were inadvertently caused by her. She also learns that there are more people like her and Jeanine Matthews is determined to destroy them all.

Highlights: A new family

Lowlights: Betrayal

Tris and the others finally go beyond the wall and learn the truth about the rest of the world. Tobias struggles to learn about science and how it relates to your decisions and actions.

Highlights: Learning the truth about sacrifice and love

Lowlights: The "experiment," the ending

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- dystopian setting, strong heroine
Matched by Ally Condie- dystopian setting, love triangle

Illustrations proved by Goodreads

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