Sunday, 8 March 2015

Veronica Roth: Divergent Trilogy

By chance one evening, Rob and I watched the Divergent film and we loved it.  As soon as it was finished I headed to Amazon and made a quick purchase of the first book.  Immediately after finishing it, I began the second.  And then the third.  Although I'm a thriller-lover and usually stay away from this sort of story, I couldn't help being sucked into their world.  Safe to say I'm a big fan.

All three books have been best sellers; here is a synopsis of each:

Divergent:Sixteen-year-old Tris has been forced to make a terrible choice. In a divided society where everyone must conform, Tris does not fit.So she ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Tris can trust no one in this brutal new world, but she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her.Insurgent:Tris has survived a brutal attack on her home, but she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes reckless as she struggles to accept her new future. If Tris wants to uncover the truth, she must be stronger than ever as more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.Allegiant:The faction-based society that Tris once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she will find a simple new life, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties and painful memories.But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

Although the main character is Tris, from the beginning I connected with Four.  He was elusive and distant - it was clear he was different to the other characters in the book, and I was eager to find out what made him that way.  The stories follow Tris and Four in their lives in a society which seems rigid, static and unlike anything I've known.  As soon as I got to grips with their lifestyle, everything changed and I enjoyed keeping up with their roller coaster journey.  I won't ruin the story, but there were lots of completely unexpected twists and turns, and I was hooked every step of the way.  There was occasionally a bit too much background information which didn't help the flow of the plot, but it didn't ruin the storyline for me.

The only thing this has done for me is dread the second and third films.  I know everyone says this about everything, but the books really are so much better, more enjoyable and easier to grasp than the films.  I don't know how this intricate story can be portrayed in such a small amount of time - good luck to them!

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