Divergent- Book Discussion

Written By: Kellie - May• 20•11

Let me start with… THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!! SSPPPOOOIIILLLEEERRRRSSSS! Alright, you’ve been warned! I’ve wanted to do this for while now, actually get to talk about the ins and outs of a specific title, rather than just review it. If you’re looking for a review, you can find mine here. Probably should have put that link at the beginning of the post but this new keyboard is annoying the bajeezes out of me soooo, moving forward!!!

Now I’m just going to ramble on about my thoughts on this book for awhile but I called this post a discussion because I’d love, love, love for some of you to jump in. Granted, this isn’t really  controversial pick for a discussion most people seem to love it, but love it or hate it, I want to hear what you think.

So, starting at the beginning… the cover! This is the one aspect of the book I’ve heard the most negative comments on. People just don’t get the symbol (I’m assuming it’s the dauntlelss symbol?) or think the city scape is too cheesy and non specific. While I don’t love it, I certainly don’t mind it. Bright, bold covers caught my attention and got me to pick up the book, and that’s what a cover is supposed to do.

The entire premise was pretty cool… Pick a trait and live that way for the rest of your life. I was a little irked that tea knowledge were the bad guys as I think that’s where I would have ended up but I thought about it and I don’t thiinnkk any other faction would have worked. Yes? No? Maybe?

I can’t be the only one that saw the Four/Tobis thing coming a mile away right? I didn’t catch it quite as early on as some, but still. I actually like having those little moments, knowing I deduced something (smart Kellie, have a cookie). As long as it’s not something crucial that spoils the entire story. What I didn’t see coming was that Four’s father was actually abusive and it wasn’t just a ploy to make him look bad. Grr. How about you, any AHA moments?

Speaking of four, I really liked the romance in this book in that there wasn’t too much of it. Romance is yay, but this just wasn’t the book for it. There were no awkward triangle or star crossed lovers. It was good.

Annnnd, the ending. Just going to throw this out in random thoughts. Not sure how I feel about how easily she killed her friend (was  I the only one that took awhile to clue in that, that guy was even considered one of her friends??). I thought that first moment with her dad should have been a little more tense. Maybe in real life how it happened was more realistic (mass killings of your people, he’s our dad and he loves you no matter what) but this is a book, if you build up all this tension, you should really follow through.

Overall this was a really great book (and I love that it’s by a debut author)! I will definitely be rereading it, probably soon. I’d love to know what all of you thought as well, so comment away!

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4 Comments

  1. LoChase says:

    I love this idea! I have to admit I didn’t pick this book up at first because of the cover. I avoided it like the plague because I just couldn’t get into it. But I’m so glad I did! And I love the romance between Tris and Four, I didn’t think there was a lot of it but it was sprinkled in throughout the entire book enough that someone who loves love stories could find interest in this book. I was a little disappointed with the moment with her dad as well. I wanted more from it but I was still satisfied. And killing her “friend” was kind of… I don’t know how I feel about that. I get that she needed to survive but. I still don’t know how I feel about that. Great post!

    ~Loren

  2. I’ll probably come back to this post because I love DIVERGENT a ridiculous amount and to have a discussion area for it is beyond fabulous. The thing I loved most about this book was the story progression. Tris never went immediately from being Beatrice to Tris even after she changed her name. She eased into it and still had Abnegation habits that 1) kept her Divergent and 2) didn’t make her into one of those super characters that automatically adapt to their new settings in a wholly unbelievable manner.

    The progression also helped to really cement my appreciation for Tris and Four as separate people and then, at the end, a couple. I find if you can’t appreciate and like the people separately then the pairing doesn’t really work. And they’re not TrisAndFour – they’re still separate people that happen to be in a relationship. So well done, Veronica Roth!

    I could go on. It’s bad.

  3. Kellie says:

    Yup, I have to second both of your thoughts on the Tris and Four romance. With how much was going on in Tris’s life, it would have been odd if she focused too much of her energy on ow she felt about this guy, instead it just kind of happened in spite of everything else that was going on and I loved that. Four did seem interested in Tris pretty early on but she was so focused on initiation that she didn’t even notice.

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