Why read 'Divergent'..
1 It’s a story set in future Canada, where the population is divided into five different ‘factions’- Abnegation(the selfless), Erudite(the intelligent), Dauntless(the brave), Amity(the peaceful), and Candor(the honest). They are different in their personalities, principles, lifestyles, identities and even wardrobe color. I had always wondered how it would feel to live among those of your own kind. Would it be boring and mundane, or interesting and thrilling? Will the need to be accepted be quenched? This book gave me a chance to delve into those areas.
2. Beatrice chose her own life; she changed factions from Abnegation to Dauntless. It requires courage to leave your family behind, and go against them. In a way, I admire her. May be to a certain point, my alter ego wants to be like her- to be able to make her own decisions and be independent.
3. The initiation stage in the Dauntless faction, in Their place, is very interesting. The initiates have to perform tasks to prove their mettle, take tough training sessions from the seniors and make space for themselves in their chosen factions. I like all kinds of training episodes, be it the training in magic in Harry Potter, the ‘how to be a good vampire’ training in Breaking Dawn, the lessons to be a perfect princess in ‘The Princess Diaries’ or that of deception in thrillers.
4. Four is the angry young man, whose tough, unrelenting exterior; practiced expressions and cold hearted reactions hide his real self. Come and go any number of and any type of protagonists, angry young men will remain my favorite heroes in the booksie and reel worlds.
5. I loved the simulation aptitude tests, and the fear landscape. The very idea of having fears unknown to oneself was harbored in my mind since time immemorial. So, again this piqued my interests.
6. And the prospect of having an uninsured life ahead, with secrets to keep…