Friday, 8 November 2013

My take on: DIVERGENT and INSURGENT (Divergent #1 & #2)

Awesome. Superb. Amazing. Must-read.

Such a fantastic series by Veronica Roth! Personally, I think it’s one of the best Young Adult Dystopic fictions out there. It is totally in the league of The Hunger Games! The third book is yet to be released and I think it might even just be a bit better than THG. Well, we will have to wait and see.

First book  Divergent starts as the story of Beatrice Prior who is about to choose her faction, where she will have to spend the rest of her life. But in the faction test she finds out something about herself which could even get her killed.
Their society is divided into five factions- Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Amity and Dauntless based on Selflessness, Honesty, Intelligence, Peacefulness and Bravery respectively. At the age of 16 a person has to choose their faction after a series of simulated tests. A person who chooses a faction but fails to qualify for it remains factionless.

This is just the minor theme of the story; the book actually goes much beyond that. The story gets very chillingly interesting and there are some goose bump moments. But one of the best parts about it is the way Roth has described the fighting sequences. The book is filled with action and thankfully Roth’s description is very vivid and accurate. The events in the book get very brutal towards the end but it is just the beginning, 2nd book, Insurgent, is much harsher in comparison to the first one.

The lead character Beatrice is originally from Abnegation, so she has never seen a fierce side of herself because her faction forbids it. But when she chooses a faction which forces her to be powerful she surprises everyone by her strength and bravery. Her character is well-developed; she is a fight back girl with strong morals and a lot of courage and bravery. The second major character, Four, is one of the best things about the book. He is a very determined and passionate guy himself. The way he helps Beatrice hold herself in tough positions is very remarkable. They both support each other in every situation and after everything that happens they still hold on together. Their relationship tells you that if two people are meant to be together, it should be this way, not Twilight way. Keeping each other strong, supporting one another and ready to sacrifice for the goodness others is the way it’s meant to be. Their romance is not promoted very highly, as it is not book’s main theme, but still the amount is sufficient and for one to conjure.
The side characters are not very rememberable. They have a small group of friends which is very daring and adventurous but somehow none of them is not fiery enough to leave a mark. The main attraction is the story itself, the way things work out and unfolds in 2nd book. The ending will leave you at edge which was also the case with Catching Fire.

I can’t pick if I liked Divergent better or Insurgent, both books were impressive and I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE 3rd ONE! 

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