I read this series at the beginning of the year, so it’s been a little bit. I had been wanting to read them for a while, but I gotta say, I was pretty disappointed. I really liked the idea of the story, it reminded me of The Giver, but then it got all Jekyll & Hyde on you with wanting to rid people of “bad genes.” I’ll go book by book. Sorry in advance if you liked the series…not really.
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 herself.
During 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 consequences. 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.
This book was by far my favorite of the series. Learning about all the different factions was interesting and it had many surprises in it. It touched on a lot of issues, such as community, family, and abuse, which I liked. Not many books do that. Not many books also have the main character coming from a good home with both parents either. Good job Divergent! That's not sarcasm, I actually really liked that.
This was actually the only book where I liked Tris too; I’ll get more into that with the next book. But her romance with Four felt so forced to me. It was like, ‘oh they are training, and now they are a couple…’ I guess cause they were both divergent it was suppose to be ok, but it really wasn’t, it was just so fast. One minute student-teacher relationship, next minute bed buddies.
The action was good though. So much violence was happening, it was ridiculous.
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
This one had to be my absolute least favorite of the series. Nothing really happened, except for a few important deaths and Tris continually crying and being suicidal because she killed a brainwashed friend. I understand why, but I hate when writers feel the need to make the main character mopey for the whole book because they killed one person to save hundreds. It was so stupid too, the whole book she was wanting to kill herself in some sacrificial way. This is just one of the reasons I don’t like Tris, she doesn’t think.
Killing yourself and leaving the people you love won’t magically make things right, you just have to deal with it and move forward. Everyone is running for their lives, it’s not all about you. It reminded me of Bella putting her life in danger just so she can see Edward.
Oh, and in this book you have to deal with the constant interaction between Four and Tris. Every time they are together, they fight and walk off. Then they say sorry, make out, then fight again. Repeat. That was their whole interaction throughout the book. I’m not even exaggerating with that.
Worst one of the series by far.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
I know this book is mostly hated, but I do not hate it as much as I hate Insurgent. My big problem with it again is Tris. I know the author was probable trying to make Tris this strong, caring person, but it did not feel that way to me at all. Through this book it was Tris this and Tris that. Tris was the only person who could be right, Tris was the only person who could be trusted, Tris is the only person who can sacrifice her life. She became a BIG Mary Sue to me.
I liked the idea of “bad genes” and the government trying to do away with them. I enjoyed the idea of a rebellion of people who are considered less because of “unpure genes” rising up because they believe nothing is wrong with them. Four joining them was good for the story too, because so far he hasn’t been much except Tris’s shadow, so I liked that he was finally being his own person. But of course it was all done because Tris is the only good person in the world and everyone else is evil.
I sound so angry about this…..Oh well
In short, the tl;dr version is: Liked the first book, Loathed the second book, Despised the third book. I really did try to like this series, I honestly did, but it just didn’t work out.