Divergent Trilogy

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Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant

by Veronica Roth

published by Katherine Tegan Books

Summary

Veronica Roth’s entire Divergent trilogy is available together for the first time, with a bonus booklet about the series. Perfect for gift givers, collectors, and fans new to the series, the complete collection includes the full text of DivergentInsurgent, and Allegiant, plus “The World of Veronica Roth’s Divergent Series,” a forty-eight-page booklet including faction manifestos, a faction quiz and results, a Q&A with Veronica Roth, playlists, discussion questions, series inspirations, and much more!

Divergent: One choice can transform you.

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Insurgent: One choice can destroy you.

As war surges in the factions all around her, Tris attempts 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.

Allegiant: The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent.

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?

My Review

If you have been reading my reviews lately, you know I have been reading books that my 14 year old daughter is reading.  Enter the Divergent Trilogy.  When she read the first nook last year, it was declared one of the best books she had EVER read and I just had to read it.  I managed to put this off until she finished the third book just a few weeks ago. Coming down the stairs with tear streaked checks, she informed me that I really had to read it and I did.  Here is what I will say- I enjoyed the first two books and and definitely see why so many young girls liked them.  Tris was cool without being perfect, or even conventionally pretty (unlike the actress that will play her when the movie comes out next week).  Four is mysterious, cool, and supposedly hot.  I liked the whole strange idea of factions and who is good at what- Abnegation, Candor, Amity, Erudite, and Dauntless.  I couldnt help but wonder which I would be in- and other people I know.  It was very exciting seeing Tris test for her faction-don’t want to give away too much- and choose something so different and exciting!  Unfortunately, I couldn’t stop comparing them to The Hunger Games- especially Insurgent.  All was going well until the third book.  I just didn’t like it.  It felt like the author just kept throwing new twists and turns in there for the hell of it.  Half way through Allegiant, I was honestly so confused and got to a point where I considered just putting the book down.  Had it not been for my daughter constantly checking what page of the book I was on, I might have, but I know this world will disappoint her enough and I didn’t want to add to that by not finishing one of her favorite series.

Would I recommend this series to my daughter’s friends and other teens- definitely!  Interesting characters and plot line.  And really anything that gets teens to pick up a book for pleasure is great.

Would I recommend it to other moms?  No.

My rating

Divergent-4.5

Insurgent- 4

Allegiant- 2.5

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6 thoughts on “Divergent Trilogy

  1. I am hopefully getting this series as a birthday present this weekend (lots of hints were thrown around!). I really want to read Divergent before I see the movie, and I’m a big fan of dystopian worlds. However, I have heard multiple times that it’s similar to The Hunger Games (THG always being ranked better), and that Allegiant is sort of a letdown. Then again, so was Mockingjay, at least for me. Thanks for the review, I didn’t realize the movie release was upon us!

  2. Allegiant seems to be a hit or miss with a lot of people. I haven’t seen any reviews that were on the fence yet.

  3. Such an interesting perspective. I agree that any books that keep teens reading are a good thing — but from a mom’s point of view, there’s only so much I want to spend my time on. I’ve been tempted to read Divergent to see what all the fuss is about, but hearing how disappointed most people are by the 3rd volume, I can’t see a reason to invest at all. But, if my daughter were still a teen, then I’d jump in for the sake of mother-daughter book bonding, which is a truly awesome thing! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the trilogy — very, very helpful!

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