13335037As usual, better than the move, although the movie was good in its own right.

So Divergent is set in a post apocalyptic world where humanity has decided to break into five factions to prevent another all out war, with each faction extolling a virtue of humanity. Candor for truth, Dauntless for bravery, Erudite for knowledge, Abnegation for selflessness and Amity for kindness.  You’re born into one faction, and when you turn sixteen you go through a test to determine which faction best suits you, but no matter what the test says you go through a ceremony where you can make your own choice.

And like all systems created to prevent war and corruption, this one eventually falls to it.  We’re introduced to an Abnegation girl Tris who transfers to Dauntless and uncovers a plot by the Erudites to use the Dauntless as an army and take over.  but Tris is different than most other people in this world setting in that her brain works differently so she’s less easily controlled and is therefore Divergent.

Now while I did enjoy the movie, the book explains a few things better than the movie ever did.  For example you’re actually told why divergent is bad in the book, rather than ‘oh you’re different and therefore dangerous’.  There is actually a reason that makes a fair amount of sense.  It also has a wee bit of a different ending which opens up more possibilities than the movie ending did.  All in all, I’m glad I finally got around to this and I look forward to Insurgent soon.

But not before we check out Riven Kingdom, second in the Godspeaker trilogy by Kate Miller.  So excite!

2439888The King of Ethrea is dying. His only surviving heir is the Princess Rhian. But if her enemies have their way, Ethrea will not be ruled by a woman.

Dexterity Jones is a toymaker. To protect Princess Rhian and his country, he must place his trust in an exile from Mijak. Yet, as Ethrea comes ever closer to civil war, a greater danger awaits.

Across the sea, an Empress has already slaughtered millions in the name of her god. And the war will not end -until the world kneels before her.