Divergent- Veronica Roth


     After an agonizing, seemingly forever wait, I finally got my hands on a copy of Veronica Roth's Divergent, and boy was it worth the wait!  I could not put the book down!  You know how in most books, there’s a “good place to stop?” Well, this book doesn’t have any of those.  The plot constantly moves at a speed that makes you NEED to keep reading to find out what happens next.  I finished this book in less than a week and am dying to read the next book in the trilogy: Insurgent.  If you haven’t read Divergent yet, you have been deprived and you need to go to the library right now and get it.

            I don’t want this post to be just another summary of Divergent, so I’m going to talk about some of the life lessons that I found hidden in the book.  The first one is “be yourself.”  Don’t ever let anyone tell you who you can and can’t be.  Just be YOU!  When Tris switched factions, she knew her parents would be upset; but like her brother Caleb said- sometimes you have to think about yourself and do what’s best for you.  The second “lesson” is in the title: Divergent.  Related to the word diverse, it represents Trish’s (for lack of a better word) diversity in that she doesn’t fit into one faction and one faction only, but has multiple traits and values.  I think this is why she is so successful, because she has the bravery of Dauntless, the selflessness of Abnegation, and the smarts of Erudite.  By combining these different values and outlooks, she can see things from different perspectives and can really think of the best options to complete the task at hand.  Another idea conveyed is that one quality is not more important than another, if all of the factions worked together and combined their values and morals, they could have a more politically and socially balanced society that leans more towards utopia rather than dystopia.

This year in English class when we read The Taming of the Shrew, we talked about relating things we read to our lives and seeing “the deeper meaning” and uncovering it’s relevance to our lives.  I decided to apply school to life after reading this book and was shocked by how many life lessons were hidden in this book.  It makes me wonder how many valuable lessons I missed in other books I’ve read.

            How about you? Did you find any other “lessons” in Divergent that I might have missed?  Have you recently read any other books that taught you a particular life lesson that jumped out and stuck with you? I’d be interested to hear some feedback from you guys, so please comment!


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Comment by Katherine K on March 6, 2013 at 10:50am

I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. Everyone I have talked to has loved it and has finished in less than a week. I have just gotten a copy and started  reading it. I love the fact that it takes place in Chicago; it makes it feel more real. So far, I love the book too.

Comment by Pri K. on March 6, 2013 at 11:05am

This book is absolutely amazing! Insurgent starts right at the end of Divergent, so make sure you read that one before the third and final installment comes out this fall. 

Comment by Manthra Venkatakrishnan on March 7, 2013 at 6:56pm

Nice blog post! Divergent was amazing, and I am glad I spent a good 4 days of last year reading this book. The plot is amazing and I think you are right, there is no good place to stop evern if you want to because even if you put the book down, your fingers still itch to pick the book back up to see what happens next. Maybe another theme of this book is to fight to get to the top, even with hurdles in your way, and that could be seen in the plot line between Tris and Peter. If you have not read Insurgent yet, you should read it soon because the plots merge smoothly together.

Comment by Will Komoll on October 7, 2013 at 5:51pm
I thought this book was fantastic! I don't read very fast, but I read this book in two days. I agree with your idea that no quality is more or less important than another, that point is what I pulled from reading this book. I'm super excited for the last book in the series coming out!
Comment by Jose Gonzalez Castro on October 23, 2013 at 3:58pm

Awesome blog post!! I really liked this book! Once I started reading it I couldn't find a way to put it down. Divergent is one of those special books that you just want to keep reading forever. Its awesome how you pointed out some lessons in the book that some people may not necessarily have noticed right away! Can't wait to read the last book!!

Comment by Chris Niersbach on November 29, 2013 at 7:18pm

This is a great post. I read Divergent and I thought it was pretty good. I also read the second book and I think that one is a lot better. Can't wait to read the third one!

Comment by Jordan Freer on December 19, 2013 at 9:51pm
I like your blog post, and you brought up a really interesting point about Tris having the best traits of the three factions. However, I also thought that, as cheesy as it sounds, Divergent inspires readers to follow their dreams. For example, Tris could've easily taken the easy way out and pledged herself to a life of Abnegation, but instead opted to follow her dreams of being a member of Dauntless. I liked this book, but not as much as I liked other titles it's been compared to such as Hunger Games. Great post!
Comment by Lindsey DeFilippo on January 8, 2014 at 10:04pm
I just read this book, and I fell in love with it. Definitely one of my top favorites. I agree with what you said about "being yourself." In this book, the main character is completely her own person. She does not allow dauntless define her, or abnegation or any of the rest. Such an inspirational book.
Comment by Holly Straup on January 9, 2014 at 10:36pm

Nice blog post! I absolutely love Divergent, it's one of my favorite books. There are quite a few lessons to learn from this story. It does a good job of teaching you to be yourself, even if you don't exactly fit in with what is expected of you.

Comment by Allison Leczycki on January 10, 2014 at 12:57pm
This is one of my favorite books! It had a lot of good points and was a very interesting read.


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