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!