February Reading Challenge
It’s coming up to the end of the month and it is almost time for my wrap up and March TBR. But, before then, the Feburary Reading Challenge.
The challenge I had set this month was to Re-read a book.
For this challenge I decided to re-read – Divergent by Veronica Roth.
If you are not aware that the third film in the Divergent series – Allegiant – is coming out in April, then now you are. I decided that I would re-read the entire series prior to seeing this series.
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.
Of course I love this series. That’s one of the reasons that I am re-reading it. This is definitely one of my favourite series of all time. I can basically sum up my love of this book in three points.
The world building:
A dystopian Chicago with five factions that turn against each other… The way Veronica Roth explains and describes this world so well. I would never want to actually live there but you feel like you’ve been sucked into this world with Tris and Four.
The character development:
These characters are very flawed, true. But that is why you love to follow their story. Tris starts in a place of inner turmoil and while she works through this complicated and dangerous world, trying to find her place. Four’s story is nothing to be scoffed at either. As the story moves on you get to see his vulnerabilities and flaws come to like making this character so relatable.
The pace of the plot:
At one point the story does lag slightly during Tris’s training. Otherwise, this book is fast paced and keeps you enthralled in the story these characters story until the last page.
Some people comment on flaws that they have found in this series. This does not detract from the book for me. This book is definitely worthy of the rating of 5/5 that I am giving this book.