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Cameron

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  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (18489)
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    (16720)
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    (16856)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, 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.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
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    After reading countless extremely positive reviews, I was expecting literary gold, but discovered, much to my disappointment, only bronze. Divergent is simply too predictable, and the protagonist too ignorant, for it to be entirely entertaining. I found myself continually frustrated with the main character for her decidedly annoying bipolarity and seemingly oblivious understanding of the world around her. Too much of the book is spent on tedious romantic relationships, and her perpetual internal struggle to discover her identity. I can generally suspend disbelief quite easily, but this book required leaps I wasn't willing to take. Roth relies heavily on unlikely plot devices to propel the story line. By the end, I was so aggravated by the countless plot holes and ridiculous circumstances, that I could barely enjoy the climax. All that being said, the book has its enjoyable moments. They were just too few and far between.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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