Friday Morning Bookclub

July 24, 2012

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives Divergent 3.52 Omelets

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Amazon readers gave Divergent 4 1/2 stars

Goodreads readers gave Divergent 4 1/2 stars

Divergent was not our typical read and many of our members would never have picked up this book had it not been for bookclub. It is not often that we read a book which gets such mixed reviews. Some of our members loved it and gave it a 5, others disliked it enough to give it a 1 or 2. I for one enjoyed Divergent enough to read the second in the series, Insurgent. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, you will also enjoy Divergent!

Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth – Reviews Goodreads

July 16, 2012

Divergent: A Review By Nancy

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I thought that everyone might enjoy hearing from someone else for a change, so here is Nancy’s review of this month’s book. Just for the record, I choose Amity. Yes, I am the peacemaker! When it comes to family conflict, my husband calls me Henry….Henry Kissinger that is! What faction would you choose?

Divergent is book one of a trilogy (the third book has not yet been published).  It is of the dystopian genre, written when the author was a first year college student. Divergent is classified as young adult, fiction.

Divergent has been compared to The Hunger Games. In Divergent, when children turn 16 they have to choose their “factions”.  If they choose other than their family of origin, they must leave their family forever.  “Factions before blood” is a repetitive theme.  Our main character, Beatrice/Tris is born into Abnegation.  The Abnegation are a selfless group, always putting themselves last in order to take care of others.   The four other factions are Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite.  The factions were created in response to a great war.   The Amity faction blamed aggression for the war, and thus embraced kindness and work as the caretakers.  The Erudite faction blamed ignorance and embraced knowledge and are the teachers and researchers.  The Candor faction blamed duplicity and thus embraced honesty and truthfulness at all cost to become the lawyers. The Abnegation faction blamed selfishness and became the government, and the Dauntless blamed cowardice and became risk takers whose jobs are to protect the entire community. There is another group, the Factionless, and they are the homeless of the society, existing without community.  The goal is to chose the faction that best represents your personality and that faction becomes your community where you live and work, rarely interacting with the other factions.

The children are given an aptitude test in private to determine which faction best suits their personality. Initially, the book focuses on Beatrice and her difficulty living in Abnegation, as she feels she cannot instinctively be selfless, as opposed to her brother Caleb who is forever telling her how to behave. The Choosing ceremony, with the cutting and choosing of factions by dripping blood on the one of your choice, commences with both Beatrice and Caleb choosing factions other than Abnegation.  The book goes on from there, delving into their factions of choice, the initiation proceedings,  internal intrigue and some budding romances.  There is also another group that cannot be chosen, but rather the results of the aptitude test places you in this group.  To be Divergent you must have characteristics of any two or more factions. Beatrice’s characteristics include the factions Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless.  Very few are in this group, and it must be kept a secret at all costs.

There is much time devoted to violence.  It is at times a tedious read with many adult readers wondering how people could really think they could only be one personality, rather than a mix of many traits.  In the end, things come apart,  just in time for book number two!

The Friday Morning Bookclub gave Divergent mixed reviews.  Those that liked The Hunger Games, not surprisingly, liked Divergent.  Those of us not really into the dystopian genre did not particularly like the book.  However, one of  the joys of book club is reading books you wouldn’t normally read, and added to that is the fact that my 16 year old son enjoyed the book and it gave us many dinner-time discussions.  He has already started book two, Insurgent.

July 11, 2012

Rate The Dook: Divergent By Veronica Roth

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July 3, 2012

Meet Veronica Roth, The Author Of This Month’s Book:Divergent

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And she is only 22 years old! Veronica grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote Divergent while she was supposed to be doing her school work. In her case…. it paid off!

June 11, 2012

This Month’s Book: Divergent By Veronica Roth

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Divergent is unlike anything we have ever read before. Yes, it is a young adult book, but don’t let that turn you off. This book is just plain fun and it is the first book in the Divergent Trilogy, followed by Insurgent and a third, yet to be titled book.

Divergent takes place in the future, in Chicago  The city is divided into five factions: Dauntless (brave), Candor (honesty), Amnity (peaceful), Erudite (intelligent), and Abnegation (selfless). Each faction serves a different purpose in society. Beatrice Prior is 16  years old and like all 16 year olds she is required to take an assessment test to see which faction she is best suited for. It is ultimately up to her to decide which faction she will choose and therefore devote her life to. Will she choose to stay with her family or will she choose another path?

Divergent is an exciting ride. “It has just the right amount of suspense to keep you wanting more, and plenty of twists that you will not expect”—The Guardian

Please join us in reading Divergent!

Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth – Reviews Goodreads

January 31, 2012

Divergent By Veronica Roth, The Next Hunger Games?

So you just finished the third book in The Hunger Games and you just don’t know what you could possibly read next that would be half as entertaining! Don’t despair! Divergent is here and it too is an exciting page turner with lots of twists and turns.

Like The Hunger Games, Divergent takes place in a dystopian world and therefore falls under the category of dystopian novels, a genre I know little about. The Time Machine written by H.G. Wells in 1895 is considered to be dystopian science fiction at its best. Some other classic dystopian books are 1984 by George Orwell,  Lord of The Flies by William Golding, A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and one of my daughter’s favorite books of all times, The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Meet Beatrice Prior, the feisty teenage star of Divergent. The world Beatrice was born into is divided into five factions, each representing a different virtue. Beatrice belongs to the Abnegation faction (the selfless). At the age of 16 each child is required to take a simulated aptitude test to determine which faction suites them best. There is no way to prepare for this test as no one actually talks about what happens in the testing room and once the test is finished, no one dares to discuss the results until Choosing day, the day each child announces to the world which faction they choose to commit their life to.

Would Beatrice choose to remain with her family in the Abnegation faction, or would she choose to leave everything behind and  join the Candor Faction (the truthful) or The Amity (the peaceful) or the Erudite (the Intelligent) or even The Dauntless (the Brave)? What could it possibly mean to be a Divergent and why was everyone afraid to actually say the word out loud?

Divergent is a quick and most importantly fun read. There is only one major problem with reading this book. When I finished, I immediately tried to download the second book in the trilogy…yes like The Hunger Games it is a trilogy… only to find out that it has not been released yet. I can hardly wait to find out what happens to Tris (formerly Beatrice) and her friend Four. Divergent’s Tris and The Hunger Games’ Katniss have a lot in common and would probably be the best of friends!

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