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Divergent

October 26, 2012

Fast pace. A good “fast food” book. Easy to enjoy, but easy to forget also. Some might compare it with Hunger Games, but I think it has its own uniqueness (just like when many people try to compare any book with magic to Harry Potter).

It is set in a utopian world, which divides the society into factions: Candor, Erudite, Amity, Dauntless, and Abnegation, which capitalized on the virtue given on their name. Until something went wrong.

The different factions selected for different people might ring a bell with Harry Potter fans. This kind of selection I would say is not unique in Harry Potter; you can find it also in City of Ember. I still would argue that it is original. Especially when the factions are indeed run by the unique virtue, not to say excluding the other virtue.

The good: design of dystopian society. It is genuine, and believable, even though it is not foreseeable in the near future.

The bad: the love story. It is an unnecessary addition. It doesn’t make the story better, it even makes it worst. But it is understandable, since it is marketed as Young Adult Fiction.

Verdict: 3/5 star

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