Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spotlight Saturday: "The Divergent Series" by Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult, SciFi, Fantasy, Dystopian. 

"Divergent" (Book 1)- Click Here
"Insurgent" (Book 2)- Click Here
"Allegiant" (Book 3)- Click Here

by Veronica Roth
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My Thoughts: Exciting Beginning But Terrible Finish!

        As with many trending "It" series, I was brought into the world of Divergent by my sister and her fellow book loving friends. Honestly, I was easily hooked and quickly read through Divergent followed by Insurgent, which leaves you hungry for more. So when I realized that there was one to come and it was to be the end of the trilogy with all the answers, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I even pre-ordered a copy so I didn't have to wait on a friend's copy like the last two. Sadly not even a third into the last book, Allegiant, I found myself regretting staying up till midnight awaiting its release.
       Living in dystopian Chicago among one of the five factions, Beatrice Prior is at the age where they must take a test which will reveal her true faction. Born in Abnegation (the selfless) Beatrice wonders if she is in fact Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent) or simply still Abnegation? However when her results come back inconclusive and read as Divergent, Beatrice is told to keep it a secret and choose for herself or else . . . Yet during Faction initiation Beatrice chooses a new faction no one expected, the Dauntless. A new faction means a new family and new name, she becomes Tris. It's in Dauntless that Tris finds out more about herself and learns the truth of how the system everyone trusts is failing. Tris eventually leads a group of friends to help stop the corruption of the world they live in and the world around them, while learning and showing what it means to be Divergent. 
       Overall, you'll love the trilogy then hate it. The first two books are great but the last book makes little to no sense. Allegiant basically needs another book to explain itself, but the first two are worth reading again and again, hence the conflicting feelings about the trilogy. Tris as a character is relatable being constantly different and yet willing to be strong, plus when the time comes she doesn't just rely on her hot BF, but takes action herself. The sad thing is in the last book you lose some of that strength of character as Tris looked to others too much and ended up making rash decisions in the end. Plus there are a few other issues, but I'll not spoil too much. Divergent and Insurgent were told only from Tris' perspective, but Allegiant was split between Tris and Four which wasn't executed properly since their voices ended up sounding the same and Four lost all his manly appeal. There is also a HUGE controversial plot point in the end of the trilogy which I'd actually be okay with IF the scene had been better crafted and the rest of the story better explained to give meaning to the huge moment. So if you haven't already dove into this series I suggest its worth a read even if the ending isn't at all what everyone and I mean EVERYONE expected. 
Now be forewarned listed below are each books descriptions none are too revealing BUT still read at your own risk. I dare ya!  
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"Divergent" (Book 1)
Price:  $6.99 (at time of post)
Published Date & Page Count: May 3, 2011. pages 501.
Book Link: Click Here
Listed Rating: 📔📔📔📔 . 5
Price I Paid: $1.99 on June 30, 2013
My Rating: 📔📔📔📔📔
Description:
One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior's society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she's determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.
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"Insurgent" (Book 2)
Price:  $7.99 (at time of post)
Published Date & Page Count: May 1, 2012. pages 545.
Book Link: Click Here
Listed Rating: 📔📔📔📔 . 5
Price I Paid: $6.99 on July 13, 2013
My Rating: 📔📔📔📔📔
Description:
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. 

 Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. 

 Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
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"Allegiant" (Book 3)
Price:  $9.99 (at time of post)
Published Date & Page Count: October 22, 2013pages 545.
Book Link: Click Here
Listed Rating: 📔📔📔 . 4
Price I Paid: $6.99 on October 4, 2013 [Pre-Order Price]
My Rating: 📔
Description:
What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
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Also Available ....
Four (A Divergent Collection)- Click Here
Price$7.99 (at time of post)
Divergent Series Ultimate Four-Book Collection 
(Books #1-3, plus Four Novel)- Click Here
Price$27.99 (at time of post)
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Veronica Roth
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Veronica Roth was born in a Chicago suburb, and studied creative writing at Northwestern University. She and her husband currently live in the city that inspired the setting of the Divergent Trilogy.

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