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Divergent Heh I'm torn now I eyerolled so much while reading this book that I may have permanently damaged at least some of my cranial nerves And yet I read it in one sitting annoyingly and inexplicably entertained Go figure There just may have been some facepalming as wellIt's yet another young adult dystopia based on a stupid premise Seriously it's plainly ridiculous If I had to compare it to something eually ridiculous it'd have to be the notion of sparkly vampires I'm not kidding Just listen to this Decades ago our ancestors realized that it is not political ideology religious belief race or nationalism that is to blame for a warring world Rather they determined that it was the fault of human personality of humankind's inclination toward evil in whatever form that is They divided into factions that sought to eradicate those ualities they believed responsible for the world's disarray How ridiculous is it? Well it's a dystopian Chicago where in an attempt to battle the evils of this world people came up with a BRILLIANT idea to segregate into five factions each of one is based on ONE uality that is supposed to be the uber defining feature of them Therefore we have the brave the selfless the smart the truthful and the kind¹ Except some people can be than one of those the Divergent¹ You know what this idea is missing? A Sorting Hat yelling out GRYFFINDOR as the character decides to make a choice and join the reckless brave I eyerolled at it in a children's book where it made its appearance I exasperatedly eyeroll at it nowNo really That is stupid First of all how exactly will our society ever get to the point where such thing becomes plausible? I mean seriously at least we can imagine the world of The Hunger Games happening given current obsession with reality shows And second of all how exactly is everyone in this world NOT 'Divergent'? They have an option to switch factions after being raised in one; so basically it's okay to internalize the principles of than one of them How will that not make them 'Divergent'? So there's that and the sheer impossibility of a person to live only within the rigid frames of one of the factions' principlesFor instance let's look at doctors 'kay? In this book they belong to the faction of the kind Because clearly for this profession you don't need the smarts to learn medicine the selflessness to sacrifice sleep and rest in favor of helping the sick the bravery to cut into someone's bodily cavity and the truthfulness to deliver bad news or admit when you don't know something Clearly it would take a special brain to use than one of these ualities not only simultaneously but EVERNo wonder this world does not work well Duh I mean how well does complete segregation work to create peace instead of creating new lines of division of Us vs Them??? Clearly complete segregation would do wonders to solve the violence causing issues in the world History showed us many examples of that And I cannot believe that up until this point in that universe nobody uestioned the validity of this structure I think we’ve made a mistake he says softly We’ve all started to put down the virtues of the other factions in the process of bolstering our own I don’t want to do that I want to be brave and selfless and smart and kind and honest Well duh Did it take centuries to come to this conclusion? But here's the thing once you put in the gargantuan effort to overlook this stupidity and suspend your disbelief to the point that it helplessly dangles over an abyss this book is actually fun despite all the faults despite the shallow characters despite the many elements so traditional to teen dystopias that you can't help but wonder whether they have been mass manufacturedIt's probably the sheer amount of action in this book nonstop action that makes action heavy plot itself giddy from action overload Did I mention action? Tris the occasionally too dumb to live protagonist¹ does not ever seem to stop moving Running jumping falling fist fighting knife fighting shooting running punching all that while she a special Divergent snowflake learns to fit in among the Dauntless the Gryffindor brave read stupidly reckless faction of this universe¹ view spoilerTris on purpose nonfatally shoots two bad guys one of whom tried to actually rape her and kill her but kills one of her friends who was mind controlled via the actions of one of the aforementioned villains on purpose when a disabling shot would have worked just as well And she shoots her friend AFTER she thinks she won points with God by not killing the villain hide spoiler In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world 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 herselfDuring the highly competitive initiation that follows Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations some with devastating conseuences As initiation transforms them all Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where exactly a romance with a sometimes fascinating sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves or it might destroy her As seen on The ReadventurerWe all know why Divergent was written There is no doubt 99% of dystopias published during the last year or so have been trying to at least partially replicate the success of the trilogy Public wants to read dystopian stories publishers want to sell them authors want to write them Everyone is happy I have read a few new dystopias recently and liked or disliked them to various degrees There are dystopias for any taste dystopias that emphasize separate aspects of the trilogy There are dystopias that bank on romance Matched or Delirium There are dystopias that take the shock value route Wither And then there is Divergent that caters to the crowd who wants action in their dystopias And action this novel deliversIn a few words Divergent is a one long initiation trial Beatrice Prior is a member of a society that has been maintaining its peaceful existence by separating its citizens into 5 distinct factions These factions are formed on the basis of virtues they cultivate in their members Candor values honesty the most Abnegation selflessness Dauntless bravery Amity peacefulness and Erudite intelligence At 16 all citizens take a test that is supposed to help them decide if they want to stay with the faction into which they were born or transfer to another faction forever Beatrice's test results are inconclusive and puzzling Ultimately she decides to abandon her own faction Abnegation and her family and enter another Dauntless But of course the transfer is not easy The initiation trials are grueling Divergent is essentially a depiction of Beatrice's road to becoming a Dauntless both physically and emotionally Beatrice's unusual test results come to play too and in a major wayThis emphasis on multiple trials and exercises is the strongest and the weakest part of the story Veronica Roth has a special talent for writing great fighting scenes pulse raising and adrenaline pumping scenes Her imagination in terms of inventing different tests and challenges seems to be limitless Something exciting happens to Beatrice every day of her trials But that is also the weakness of the story About 85% of the book is dedicated to action and exercises The actual story starts only around page 415 of this 500 page book Only then stakes are raised and real action begins If you ask me 400 pages is a lot of prep to finally get to the meat of the storyDon't get me wrong I liked the book 3 stars means i liked it on Goodreads Divergent is good entertainment I liked it I was engaged in the story I was even excited uite often But something was missing for me The novel has good characters but they are not uite as interesting and compelling as they could have been; it has a lot of action but the justification for the amount of violence involved is not uite adeuate; it has a cute romance but it never uite makes your heart contract in that sweet painful way you know what I am talking about don't you?; the concept of factions is a uniue one but not uite plausible; the explanation what a Divergent actually is is not uite climactic; finally except for one plot twist p 415 the story takes a rather predictable roadI liked Divergent I liked it than Matched Delirium or Wither I liked it less than Blood Red Road or Ship Breaker It entertained me It promotes all the good things bravery and self sufficiency friendships honesty determination It is all about girl empowerment But as the same time it isn't particularly thought provoking or chilling It never truly touched my heart It is a write by numbers dystopiaThe verdict? I guess you'll have to see for yourself?PS While I am on the subject of dystopias and have your attention I want to recommend one of my most favorite dystopias that doesn't get nearly as much acknowledgment as it deserves Please check out Neal Shusterman's Unwind You will not regret it Dear Hunger GamesI miss you I really do Our relationship is over and done with but the memory of you still lingers on I know that's a terrible cliché and you hate clichés but it's a true one at least in this case I don't think I'll ever be over you You are fucking specialIt took me some time but I finally met a new girl Her name is Divergent She's uiet and strong and short tempered and insular and brave a lot like you I suppose But is she really? This is hard for me to admit but I think I was initially attracted to her because she reminded me so much of you I know it's not fair for me to think this way I should be looking at her on her own merits At the very least I could have looked at the relationship as a fun rebound and not as a search for a replacement you Easier said than done I loved you I love you I'll always love you and I'm not sure I even like herFirst of all she copies all of your moves and all of your traits It's so obvious It's clear she's modeled her whole life on you and what you've achieved At first that similarity is what caught my eye about her And she is an exciting person she's always hurtling forward she barely stops to take a breath I like that But in the end there's also a fakeness and even a kind of desperation She's not you not even close Why can't she be her own person?Unlike you she's really into guns I know you see the necessity of guns sometimes but I also know you don't see them as an answer I didn't mind her love of guns at first I kinda like guns I'll admit that But eventually I realized she was euating the use of guns with bravery What the hell? On the one hand she says true bravery is selflessness but on the other hand she insists that she doesn't feel fully herself unless she has a gun in her hand UghShe also has a thing against intellectuals She finds them innately suspicious and they are the first kind of person she'll automatically reject Honestly I don't know where that comes from But it makes my skin crawlWith all the gun love and the anti brains bias she reminds me at times of my redneck relatives Which is not attractiveThe worst thing and I know I'm about to sound like a real dick here is that I've realized she is actually pretty stupid She breaks people down into different groups just like you do But while you have a realistic complicated perspective on class and power and economics and the media and self awareness and how all of those things contribute to the boxes we put ourselves into the decisions we make who we are she just divides people up into a handful of finite personality traits Abnegation Candor Erudite Dauntless and Amity it's such a ridiculous shallow idea My God she even lumps adjectives and nouns together as her labels as if they were the same thing It's teeth grindingly naive and yet this idea of hers is her whole foundation Even worse she seems to think that only the very rare person the very special few are able to combine these traits in relatively eual proportions To be Divergent Sometimes I wonder if she's actually ever really known a person Her theory is like something a child thought upOkay now I'm feeling bad for bashing her so much so I'll say some good things She can be pretty enthusiastic and at her best she can keep me up all night just having fun Her insights about this guy Al you don't know him and you probably wouldn't like him are really surprising and deep So she's not that shallow not really She has her moments And just like you she sure knows how to make some moneyStill I don't think I will be continuing the relationship There's a new girl I've met named Daughter of Smoke Bone She seems really cool and smart and mysterious I'm looking forward to getting to know herBut in the end you know you'll always be number oneMuch love UPDATE 101714 just saw the movie it was awesome New week New BookTube Video all about the best and worst literary apocalypses to live throughThe Written Review Divergent the Walmart of Young AdultEnjoy the selflessness of Katnis? Love the Harry Potter houses? Adore the will they won't they love from Twilight? Well here's the watered down combination of every YA series out there There's Tris the most annoying main character I've met in a while The pendulum swings from from oh look at me I am such an innocent little abnegation gal I don't even look into a mirror cause I'm so selfless to and this is within a couple of chapters I'm the strongest girl ever selfish to the max got a hot boyfriend suck itand back again Constantly There's character development and then there's multiple personalities There's Four the super hot looooooove interestHe fulfills the roll of Slightly Creepy Older Guy Fixating on the Innocent He's her teacher and she's completely sheltered cue the romance Okay they're only 2 years apart but that's still statutory in my state Like I get it's supposed to be a steamy PG romance but this seems borderline abuse My first instinct is to push you until you break just to see how hard I have to press he says his fingers sueezing at the word break This book focuses far too much on forcing the relationship and shoe horning Tris into the self sacrificing hero role that there's little time for anything elselike a plotSo I could go onand onand on with my nitpicking on this series but instead I will leave you with my favorite scene of the bookThe Shower Scene aka the let's get Tris naked BECAUSE REASONSThis is the scene where Tris learns that she can't fit in her clothes cause her thigh muscles were SO BIG after training in dauntless for a couple of weeks While this raises a number of concerning uestions namely HOW did they grow in the 15 minutes it took to take a shower? and if she is such a body shamed abnegation girl then why in the world couldn't she just wear her old clothes back to the dorm? But we will disregard the obvious logic and solutions for the sake of the plot Due to her thunder thighs Tris was forced to walk back in a towel to the dorms The tension to skyrockets with this completely unnecessary nude scene which consisted of several rape y vibes and the complete humiliation of Tris all to let the audience know that the Bad Guys are really Mean slow clapping in the backgroundOverall not particularly excited about reading the next one Audiobook CommentsHonestly not that memorable BIG pile of mehYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads There comes a time in every average misunderstood flat chested never been kissed pre war heroin sixteen year old girl's life when she must decide between right and wrongYes RIGHT and WRONGNot Harry and Sam Or Harry and Mike Or frak help us Harry Sam AND Mike No no In Divergent Good Evil and Tris are our love triangle How utterly refreshingNow don’t get me wrong You will find your standard amount of PG rated teen romance in this book Check itOh eh Wrong book My badBut romance isn't the focus And that makes me super dooper shiney whiney happy with sprinkles on top because I find my focus is easily persuaded elsewhere if there isn't enough action happeniimage error Today I almost attacked a man in public A man who was yelling at and abusing his partner Kicking the trolley shoving her and screaming obscenities at her I ditched the trolley I'd been pushing and stormed toward them my mind blank of anything but ruthless furyThe next part was like out of some stupid romance novel Mr Kennedy pulled back on my arm and said No There is no way you're going over there He took off the baby sling handed it to me and sent me to go put the groceries and baby in the car while he handled itUsually that's the part of the novel where the female heroine swoons or something but I only got angrier Did he just relegate me to child minding and packing away groceries? Because I have a uterus? To say I was unimpressed would be an understatementNever before have I actually wanted to be a man I love being a woman and I think being a woman is a fantastic thing to be But I wanted to kick that man's ass I absolutely hated myself for being weak and puny It's not fair To not be able to fight your own battles to not be able to stand up for weaker people when you want to It's so incredibly painfully unfair Why can't I have big muscles? Why couldn't Mr Kennedy wait by the car while I got to go up and play harpsichord with his lower intestinal tract? Why must I swallow my pride and accept that I'm just not as strong or muscular as Mr Kennedy?Perhaps it's that drive that made me connect so much with Tris I wonder what kind of personality types would enjoy this novel? I've seen a lot of three star reviews and I just can't fathom why when this book was a solid five stars for me Even with it's somewhat implausible storyline I loved itI loved all the characters especially Tris for being a hardass cold motherfucker when other YA protagonists would whither and melt into a gooey puddle of patheticness Maybe I connected with it because I could absolutely imagine being Dauntless Catching moving trains? Abseiling? Fighting? Sign me up now I think I would have loved every minute of itThe writing was uite smooth and the action seuences were clear concise and well explained The pacing and the plot never really give up making this book difficult to put down Over all I thoroughly loved this novel I'm hard pressed to come up with any flaws or issues that annoyed meMost of all it made me wish I really could kickass and take names like Tris does Perhaps taking up kickboxing would be a good place to start Don't forget to check out my blog Cuddlebuggery and add me on twitter i need to make something perfectly clear i am well aware that i gave 4 stars to Daughter of Smoke and Bone and i am giving 5 stars to this one the world is a tough and inconsistent spherebecause Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a much much better written book it's no contest she is lush and lyrical and there is a gravity to her writing that makes you stop every so often to murmur well said laini taylor well saidthis book is just funfun fun fun fun fun fun fun funthis is unexpected pillowfight marshmallow syrup on strawberry ice cream kitten in a bag funit was recommended to me on here by a different karen and i borrowed it from work almost immediately before thati had never even heard of it which is strange because it appears to be something of a sensation and i definitely get whyif you are someone who needs your dystopian fiction to you know make sense you probably won't like this no one is going to read this book and think oh man that is exactly where our society is headed i can see that becoming a reality in five years' time nopeit is like a board game there are rules and you accept them and you play but why are you a scottie dog and i am a thimble?? that makes no sense because that's how that game is played stop asking so many uestions and roll the dice fun fun fun fun violence fun fighting fun fun fun view spoilerfucking BUTTER KNIFE in THE EYE hide spoiler I definitely enjoyed it At first I had trouble convincing my older son to read it because he was convinced that every dystopian novel is a Hunger Games wannabe but he read it on a recent plane trip and we had a great in depth discussion about the characters and their motivationsThe premise Chicago of the future is a closed city state The citizenry really doesn't have any idea what is beyond their borders They just know it's dangerous Inside the city humanity is divided into five factions based on moral imperatives Candor for instance values truth above all else They serve as lawyers and public speakers Erudite values knowledge They serve as teachers Abnegation values self denial and community service They are the community's leaders since they alone can be trusted not to be power hungryOur heroine Tris is born into Abnegation but during her choosing ceremony at age sixteen she decides to join the Dauntless who value fearlessness and serve as the society's soldiers and guards The novel follows her through her initiation training during which Tris discovers that their society is not as harmonious as she once believed Making things even worse Tris must keep her true aptitude secret She is in a small minority of people who are divergent whose skills could suit them for than one faction What this means is not at first clear but it will make Tris's life very dangerous THE SEVEN STAGES OF READING HELL When You Realize You're Going to be the Odd Man Out Once Again With a Wildly Hyped and Popular Book that Everyone Else Lovedas Presented byThe Coterie of Emotive Kittehs courtesy of Google ImagesDecember 13 2011Page 30Page 77Page 145Page 270Page 354Page 404Page 475Final Analysis of my Reading Experience What? You didn't think I was going to show a kitteh with a knife in its eye did you?Rating A Very Generous 1 StarThe Moral of this ReviewI should not read any YA dystopian novelsTHE END

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