8- “Divergent”

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What to do when you write a dystopian novel that starts in a utopian world?  How would that look?

If you have ever read “The Giver” (Lois Lowry), you’ll see that Veronica Roth was influenced by that book when you read “Divergent”.

1-      Fiction/ Non- Fiction: Most of the story seemed easily believable.  There were some points that I simply couldn’t believe could happen, but it didn’t take away from the book.  I did like how Chicago shines through.  The story being based in a after- apocalypse Chicago still works, and although I can’t remember if the city name is actually mentioned, some of the Windy City shines through as the characters travel the city.  Rank: 7

2-      Believability: As mentioned above, I had some difficulty believing the entire story, but it is Fiction, I don’t really think I can levitate something by saying “Wingardium Leviosa” but I loved Hermione’s critiques when Ron tries the spell.  Rank: 8

3-      Readability: This is an important ranking for a book.  I have literally put down books because I just couldn’t understand the writing.  This book however was amazing!  I loved how the descriptions didn’t interrupt the story but I still knew what everything looked like.  Perfect balance!  Rank: 10

4-      Rate of the book in general: I gave the book an 8.  I have some issues with the resolutions of the stories problems and the fact some of them weren’t resolved.  I however loved the characters and felt drawn along with their story.  I was excited every time I got the chance to read.

5-      Re- readability:  Although I was excited to read the book, and am excited for the next book, I think when I finished the book I put it down a little too easily.  The fact that I’m not trying to read it again while I wait to get the second book says something.  Rank: 7

6-      This book is ranked by CraftyAggie at a solid 8 of 10.  Pretty good, let’s see if the second book does any better.



Faction Symbols (from left to right): Dauntless, Erudite, Candor, Abnegation, Amity
Faction Symbols (from left to right): Dauntless, Erudite, Candor, Abnegation, Amity

More to say: I think I might be Divergent, but I think I would pick Dauntless at my Choosing Ceremony.  What faction would you choose?  Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, or Erudite? Do you think you might be Divergent?