Posts tagged divergent
Posts tagged divergent
Check out this new quote from Allegiant! Not long until the final installment of Roth’s trilogy is out…
Have you seen all the photos from the filming of Divergent so far? It’s looking really good, so excited for this adaptation!
Divergent, the highly anticipated adaptation of the first book in Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA series, only recently began filming on location in Chicago. But Shailene Woodley,…
And in true Shailene Woodley fashion, she manages to look both vulnerable and like a badass at the same time, which is why I think she’s an awesome Tris.
Oooooh, now I’m excited! Hopefully we’ll start getting more and more pictures of Divergent soon. So many YA adaptations at the moment to keep track of!
The last book in the Divergent trilogy has been given a name!
Divergent Casting News! Theo James is FOUR! (Just in case you hadn’t heard the Divergent fandom exploding…)
I’m really pleased with this casting. I watched him in Downton Abbey and in A Passionate Woman. Particularly in APW, which was a BBC tv series in 2010, I was impressed with how good an actor he was. I think this was his first major role and he was brilliant. He’s also pretty easy on the eye which is an added bonus…
He is a little older than I imagined but so many people playing teens are older than you think so I imagine clever costume and makeup wizards will make him look closer to Four’s age.
Really looking forward to this movie now!
“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.” Divergent
Looking for something to read post-Hunger Games? Check out this great map. Whatever it was that you liked about Hunger Games (or other dystopia/science fiction/fantasy novels), you can find here!
one of my favorite, if not my favorite, quotes from the book. couldn’t get this book out of my head for days after reading it!
*warning: there are NO spoilers for this book but there may be some for Divergent (the first book in the series) as this is a review of a sequel*
I am writing this review having just finished Insurgent. Normally I wait a day or so and process my thoughts for a review but Insurgent doesn’t seem the sort of book to allow me to do that. Right from the start, Insurgent epitomised the word ‘tense’. Nothing is safe or stable in Tris’s world which is just how it should be in a good dystopia.
When I say tense, I mean it. Having been introduced to the world of factions in Divergent, Roth doesn’t let us relax in it, she tears up all the rules she set down right away (in a good, dramatic way, not in a plot-holey way).
What really worked for Insurgent and for its role as a sequel and the middle book in what I presume is a trilogy, is that the character development was great without bypassing the action and plot. Roth makes you feel just about every emotion throughout this book and her descriptions are spot on. Reflective but not overly so, allowing for pace but still with an overall development. In my review of Divergent I said I really like Tris and what I loved was that she doesn’t change in Insurgent. Roth really has a firm grip on who Tris is rather than letting her be moulded by others or be a vague heroine.
I also want to mention that the lack of a love triangle is GREAT! I’m not going to lie, I am a fan of love triangles but they’re fast becoming a cornerstone of every YA fantasy and it’s refreshing that Roth has enough plot strands and drama lined up for Tris and Tobias without inserting the obligatory third-wheel-will-she-won’t-she character.
I appreciated the ending too, satisfying but setting up nicely for the next book. The scope was definitely widened which promises an exciting third book.
Its not often I prefer a second book. I think most people would agree that second/middle books are often pretty dull or don’t stand out on their own. Divergent is good but Insurgent is really good.
Rating - **** 4 stars.
A dystopian story set in Chicago tells the story of Beatrice who has to choose what she wants to do and how she wants to live for the rest of her life. The 5 factions of the city each prize a certain value above others and in this way an uneasy peace is kept.
Having heard a lot about Divergent, mostly on tumblr, my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to give it a go. Unlike the disappointment that was Matched by Ally Condie (check out my review in the reviews section) Divergent pretty much lived up to its hype.
I have to say it didn’t grab me in the way that The Hunger Games did. However seeing as THG sparked this current trend in dystopia and given that I have read a lot of these types of books in the past few years, I think Divergent has a lot to compete with but should be judged on its own merits.
My favourite thing about this book was Tris. I wasn’t enjoying the name Tris at first but I suppose it’s growing on me. The fact is, for once there wasn’t a bland heroine but someone who actually had some guts and some flaws. Having grown up in her faction, Abnegation, which values selflessness, she realises she’s not cut out to think about others all the time. I loved that we didn’t get a preachy, judgemental protagonist but instead one who felt a lot more human and consequently someone who was relatable.
I would have to critique the lack of description for the characters. I couldn’t tell you what the any of the characters really looked like, particularly Tris and Four which was odd. On the other hand this was compensated by the fact that Roth manages to clearly define the characters’ personalities, if not their appearances.
I really enjoyed the initiation process for the faction that Tris chooses as these scenes reminded me of Robert Muchamore’s Cherub series, particularly the early books. For those of you who haven’t read his series, that’s definitely a compliment as Muchamore writes that sort of thing really well.
Whatever slight criticisms I have of this book, they are outweighed by the fact that it kept me up until 2am as I kept telling myself just 50 more pages. I really couldn’t put it down which speaks for the page-turning nature of Divergent. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, Insurgent.
Rating - **** 4 stars.
I’ve just read Divergent (review to follow soon) and I thought I’d recommend a good edition that I bought in America. It’s got a bonus materials section with a Q and A from Veronica Roth, her thoughts on utopian/dystopian fiction and a section on the reasoning behind the names of the 5 factions, amongst other things. Having read this, Veronica Roth seems like someone I’d love to chat to. She’s clearly really thought about the background to her novel and its genre.
Went to Barnes and Noble for the first time today… 3 of these books are for uni so I think I can justify my purchases ;) excited to finally read Divergent!