Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up.
I originally bought Divergent for my mother for Christmas, but the first thing I see when I get in her car is a copy of Divergent and she’s halfway through it already. Oh well, just another book for me I guess. I started reading it over the holiday and was quickly transfixed, along with most of the nation, by Roth’s dystopian Chicago. I also found joy in trying to pin point the locations that she was referencing through out the books since I had lived there for eight years, and honestly I couldn’t get them all.
It is refreshing in Young Adult novels to have a female lead who can hold her own and doesn’t need a man to hold her up. The journey from quiet Abnegation Tris and balls to the wall Divergent Tris is slow, and yet believable. She grapples with the choice of leaving her family behind to join a different faction. A feeling, I’m sure, that most college bound kids have; that feeling of finally being free but grappling with the thought of “did I make the right decision?”
Roth did not stick to the “normal” format of story telling she throws curve balls left and right and keeps you guessing right up until the end. You become emotionally invested in characters that you loathed when they first appeared and vice versa with others. I liked the twists because it kept me guessing and thirsty for more. I do know that most people were appalled at the ending…I hate giving things away so I won’t discuss it in much detail here; but I thought it was a gutsy move and not one that many authors would think of pulling. I tip my hat to you Ms. Roth.
All in all, I enjoyed reading all three of the books. They are YA so they are easy to read, but they get the point across and you become entangled in the plight of everyone involved, of an entire civilization really. She definitely kicked off a genre though because now wherever you turn there are dystopian YA novels. What Meyer did for the vampires Roth did for the dystopians.