Clementine Bojangles’s CBR-III Review #78: Divergent by Veronica Roth

A review of Veronica Roth’s Divergent can be found at my blog here.

It’s another dystopian offering, the first in a planned trilogy, and while it eventually finds its legs, it takes way, way too long to get there.  This is a deeply flawed book.

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4 responses to “Clementine Bojangles’s CBR-III Review #78: Divergent by Veronica Roth

  1. Here’s my thoughts on the issues you brought up:

    1) as far as WHY the factions are there, I’m hoping that that is something she addresses in the next two books, and the way she hints at certain things, I think she will.

    2) I don’t think the factions are meant to single you out as only ever being, honest or brave or kind, but it should be your strongest, most prominent feature. Tris is equally strong in three of the characteristics, making her a very strong leader, which the powers that be don’t seem to appreciate.

    3) The testing and choosing thing didn’t bother me. In high school you take the SATs and APGAR tests which tell you what you’re good at, but you still determine your own education and career path. Also, teenagers can be oblivious sometimes, guidance is sometimes necessary, at least it gives them an idea of where they fit in if they don’t have an inkling already.

    • Clementine Bojangles

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment(s). I’m hopeful that some of my issues get answered in future installments (and I’m sure they will). I certainly still enjoyed the book, and I’ll definitely be picking up the next two titles in the trilogy. I just…couldn’t help myself with my tendency to over-analyze.

  2. Oh, and I also think the powers that be use the testing to monitor everyone and try to weed out the divergents.

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