Book review- Divergent

Essay by shafaqsalmanHigh School, 11th grade November 2014

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This book was really good, but it is definitely not without flaws. I won't waste time with a summary. I think everyone who is interested in this book already knows the basic idea. Lets start with those things that bothered me. It will be quick and painless like ripping off a band-aid. Tris. Wow this is one character that I could love one second and be extremely annoyed with the next. At one point she was unique, and then somehow she became a character that became indistinguishable from so many other YA heroines. That made me sad. For the most part, though, I liked her. I enjoyed most of her growth as a character, but I felt it was a little unrealistic that she gets the crap beat out of her in one single fight and then magically turns into an all-star fighter. Particularly when she is described as a small girl with the body of a 12 year old.

Same thing with the ranks. I enjoyed watching her struggle in the beginning. She felt more real and I always love to root for the underdog. Too quickly, though, (in my opinion) she climbed the ranks and lost all originality.

Okay. Now that that is out of the way let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite all of that. The writing is so fast paced and action filled I didn't even have time to think about those things until I was done reading. The story moves very quickly, and for the most part keeps the reader engaged. For most of the story we are following Tris on her initiation into the Dauntless faction. She came from Abnegation which is a faction devoted to being selfless, and they run the government as well. Obviously life is different...