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Amanda Shofner

Grand Mistress of On a Book Bender. On the path of least revision. Wine supplier for grammar pain sufferers. #BecauseWine. Idea wrangler. Wielder of words. Black coffee drinker.

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Jayne Castle
Diana Peterfreund
Bad Behavior
Jennifer Lane
The False Prince
Jennifer A. Nielsen
Light of the Moon (Legend of the Dreamer, Book 1)
David James
Amaryllis (St. Helen's Series #1)

Divergent (Divergent Series #1)

Divergent (Divergent Series #1) - Actual rating: 4.5Original review: http://onabookbender.com/2011/11/16/review-divergent-by-veronica-roth/Divergent is narrated in present tense, which sets it apart from a lot of books, and throws the reader into the book; it is the tense of the Dauntless. This wasn’t just a story; it was a commentary on human nature and society, and therein lies the appeal and beauty of Divergent. It operates on a multitude of levels, and I love books like that.I found the factions fascinating (Dauntless would so not be my faction; the heights would do me in) because where the general premise and idea of each faction is sound, in practice, it is flawed and creates the same problems — or worse — that the world experienced in the first place, which had presumably led to the creation of factions. Divergent asks questions like: what is bravery? What is selfishness? Is it possible to put one character trait above all others? Is there just ONE trait we are missing in this world? Would having the one trait make the world a better place? Buried deep within a story about a girl named Tris is a philosophical debate.Having Divergent set in a setting that is familiar to our world made it easier to connect to, even though I have never personally been to Chicago (except the airport, which doesn’t really count). Because each faction is tied to a character trait that can be easily twisted, examples of which we can easily find in our daily lives, it was not difficult to find a place within Tris’s world; I know exactly what faction I would be in. I loved Tris who grew into her self throughout the initiation process, and I loved Four (oh, Four!) because he was one of those strong and silent types who is always there for you, even if it doesn’t always appear that way.I went in with low expectations and ended up being blown away by Divergent. It’s YA, but it is decidedly absent of typical teenage angst. It is our world, but it is not. It goes beyond a story to speak to something deeper, greater.