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This will be the last post for a week. Despite the fact that for Foxes chocolate is actually a poison, we are all taking the risk and will be consuming excessive amounts of Easter Eggs over the next few days. Expect us to come lumbering back on the 2nd May feeling ever so slightly queasy, tremendously guilt ridden and with renewed fitness plans.
Until then read this review and enjoy a very Happy Chocolate Filled Holiday!
Oh no, not another dystopian novel I hear you cry?! Erm…yes, *but* please hang on in there, ‘cos this is a really, really good one.
Beatrice lives in a future world where everyone is grouped according to their personality characteristics. There are the factions of Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Amity and Dauntless. Beatrice has been born into the faction of Abnegation where everyone believes in putting the needs of others before themselves… they rule the society due to their selflessness. However, where you are born does not determine where you will eventually end up. At the age of 16 you are assessed and then you choose your faction guided by the test results. But Beatrice’s results are inconclusive and she is a Divergent. She is told to hide this at all costs and never let anyone find out what she is.
Beatrice chooses the complete antithesis to her current situation… Dauntless. They are fearless, warriors who are tattooed and pierced and kind of cool. (I would SO be Dauntless!) and so she becomes Tris and begins her training, which is arduous and terrifying (and probably the one part of being a Dauntless that puts me off!).
This is a fascinating novel which captivated me completely. The idea that people can be grouped according to personality types and be awarded jobs and lifestyles to suit is compelling. To begin with, I completely agreed that this was an inspired idea. But as the novel progressed and situations with the factions began to fall apart I saw all sorts of problems emerge.
Divergent is so much more than an exploration of Myers-Briggs Type tests. There’s a love story when Tris falls for her instructor, the super-wonderful Four. And there’s mystery and intrigue when Tris discovers the reasons why she must hide her true Divergent nature.
Tris is a wonderful character, so desperate to prove her bravery and courage. She fights against her upbringing in so many ways and in doing so shows herself to be an outstandingly fearless girl. She is brilliant!
I loved Divergent for so many reasons. I loved the exploration of the nature of character and where that blurs. I also loved the full on excitement of the trials that Tris has to succeed in… or die. And I loved the tense love story that emerges between her and Four. This is a fantastic novel and one I heartily recommend.