Friday, November 21, 2014

If There Was Any Book, I Would Choose...

I love books that inspire and play with my heartstrings all at once. While I’m not happy with Veronica Roth right now, I do applaud her book Divergent. Her main character, Beatrice Prior (later renamed Tris) acquires an admirable amount of bravery, selflessness, respect, and overall divergent-ness throughout this thrilling start to a fantastic trilogy (until the end of course). I first met Tris in the Abnegation section of a futuristic Chicago. As Tris approached her 16th birthday, the coming choice between her family and her future weighed her down. During her testing that would decide her future, Tris endured several mind blowing mistakes that forever changed her ideas of the world in which she lived in. Tris learned that she was Divergent, she fit the characteristics of three out of five sections in a version of society the likes of which we have never seen before. After choosing Dauntless, a faction for the brave-hearted, as the place she wanted to be for the rest of her life, Tris meets a new group of friends and shares adventures in their new home-away-from-home. A few bumps in the road during training made her more Dauntless than ever and prepares her for a world altering battle between power hungry leaders and rebels. She might’ve found the love of her life along the way as well…
Veronica Roth wrote this story in a futuristic point of view. Chicago had been demolished at some point in time and the five factions were born from the rubble. Abnegation, Dauntless, Candor, Amity, and Erudite split ownership of the city and created jobs and morals to fit each category of people. But there was also a gigantic web of secrets woven into the storyline. Families betrayed, arguments erupting left and right, tension running sky high between the factions, and new recruits used in a plot against society. Roth created a whole new world for her characters to adventure in, and I think she did it because a unique perspective of the future was needed in today’s boring society. Not only did Roth create a new world, but also new drama that we could talk about with our friends, like it was the new episode of Pretty Little Liars. Young adult literature had never seen a book like Divergent before, and it made our hearts throb for more of it.
When I picked up my copy of Divergent, it didn’t turn out at all like I expected. I thought, “Oh great, another action adventure. Same old, same old.” What I didn’t expect was the well thought out and loveable, or hateable characters, and the thrill of Dauntless. I grew to love Tris Prior as much as I love Percy Jackson! I felt sorry for her, happy for her, nervous for her, all of the things a good characters brings out in a reader. Roth made me want to become a citizen of futuristic Chicago just so I could become a member of the Dauntless faction. All of the action in this book, including jumping off buildings and climbing into moving trains, sounded exciting. Though, I think I would rather skip the fear-inducing simulation testing Tris had to pass to become an official member of Dauntless. I truthfully didn’t have any problems with this book (my problems came later on in the series). I read it over and over and still got the same level of anticipation and fear each time.

I feel like someone breathed new air into my lungs. I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless.
I am Divergent.”

Development of character. That is what Divergent is all about. Over the course of this book, Tris starts to realize just what being Divergent means to her. She wanted to be different so that she could make a difference in her city that had been secretly tampered with by a power hungry leader. Instead of hiding who she was, Tris embraced it. That was my overall takeaway from this book, be who you are because it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks. Empowering, right? Divergent also meant a lot to me because I don’t find inspiring, loveable characters often enough. Reading influences me about as much as my friends and family do, and when I can find a book like Divergent, I consider it a part of my life before, during, and after reading it.
Just by read my blog post, you’ll be able to tell that I absolutely loved Divergent by Veronica Roth! It had a great blend of emotion, bravery, compassion, and treachery. Tris was an amazing character to follow during this trilogy and she became a very inspiring and respectable person in my mind. Roth did a fantastic job with her books, I loved every second of it. While Hollywood usually likes to Hollywood-ize all of their movies by adding over-the-top action and adventure and violence, they didn’t need to with the movie Divergent. It already had a ton of Hollywood type things woven into the storyline. All the director had to do was pick good actors to portray the parts, and they definitely delivered with Shailene Woodley. The Dauntless training scenes were similar, so were the battles and family betrayals. The movie was just about as perfect as the book! I did have one questions about Divergent though, how did Veronica Roth come up with the idea of her books? However and whatever she did, she did a fabulous job!