Sunday, 3 August 2014

Divergent Trilogy Review

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, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Claire's Review 4 of 5 Stars

Despite what I felt was a slow start, I really enjoyed Divergent. I loved the concept of the factions and how everyone had their place in society to the faction most suitable to them to keep the peace in society. Seeing the choices made by Tris and how she moved forward with them sucked me into the story, and I loved the interaction between Tris and Four, and how their relationship developed. By the end half of the book I couldn't put it down and was glued to every page.

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.

Claire's Review 4 out of 5 Stars

After the ending of Divergent I had high hopes for book two! However again I found the beginning of the book rather slow and felt it took a while to get going to a good pace, which inevitably it did thankfully! It was great seeing how the characters developed in this part of the story, and how they coped with the factions crumbling.

The faction-based society that Tris Prior 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 and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. 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. 

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Claire's Review 2 out of 5 Stars

Allegiant really spoilt the whole series for me! I know a lot of people complained about the twist that was added, however that what not an issue for me, in fact I think it was a good twist and added to the shock factor. However I felt Allegiant push the boundarys of what was believable and I found some parts very silly and by the end was very fed up of reading about all the 'serums'. Four is also one of my favourite characters and I felt he lost his spark in this book and became a shell of the character he was. The book to me feels very rushed and was a big disappointment after how much I enjoyed the first two.