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Divergent


Divergent
By Veronica Roth

Summary:
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.

3.5 or maybe 4/5

So I originally read this quite a while ago. But see the other day I was just sitting there and I really didn't feel all that motivated to start a new book. You know how it is sometimes. Then I saw Divergent sitting there all shiny and I was feeling a little nostalgic so I decided to re-read it. See when I re-read books I actually just skim through it. Or maybe not skim, but I skip the really boring parts because I have obviously already read them, you know? So anyways I read Divergent again and I though hey, I haven't written a review for this one and now it is nice and fresh in my mind, so here you go.
 I have got to say, this is not as good as I remember it being. I remember thinking this was one of the best books ever. I thought that it was super cool and super well written and all that. Now even then I didn't like the rest of the series and I still don't, but we won't get into that now. So I opened up the book and the first thing I noticed is the font was gigantic! There were like 3 words on a page! Now you may be thinking, why does this matter at all? Well I remember this book being what I thought was a more grown up book (I wouldn't say challenging, but you know...). I thought that it was a super well written, well thought out story. Now opening this up and just reading some of my favorite scenes over again I'm just like Huh... I remember this being better.
Ok so I am going to try to give some more specific examples here without actually giving away any of the plot. When I first read this book I thought that the main character was great. I thought she was super tough and super smart. I read it again and now I see that she really isn't all that smart. Every. Single. Scene. She had no idea what was going on or why anyone else was doing what there were doing and OMG I WANTED TO SCREAM AT HER sometimes... only sometimes... Also, I have just got to say some of the dialogue was so cringy I had to close the book for a while and just stare at wall for a minute or two (you know? Does anyone else do that). 
Now I am not saying this is a bad book at all. I loved it back then and I still enjoy reading it now. I think that my preferences for genres and styles of books has changed or something but I still enjoyed reading it. I think it also may be one for people who are only really beginning to get into reading. You know?
-Lily

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