Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Divergent


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"So...What faction would you be?"

"I would be dauntless!"

After reading the main set of Divergent books by Veronica Roth I had many thoughts, excitement, anguish, anger (cause there was no more to read), mostly I was lost in the world. I have caught myself daydreaming about jumping onto and off of fast moving trains, zip lining down the Hancock building, learning to throw knifes and fighting through my fears.

Great stories have this way of captivating us, keeping us engaged and leave us heartbroken because we have left this world. That was the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, modern day setting of Percy Jackson, future worlds of Minority Report, the Hunger Games, Ender’s game, The Giver and others. Or taking you to places from long ago like classic fairy tales, or placing into life's tragedies such as Fault in Our Stars.

When I taught English, (yes I know editing on this blog can sometimes be atrocious) I demanded that my students read 30 to 40 chapter books. This may seem like a lot to a number of you, but many of these students don't read enough and my hope is that with reading that many books they find something they like that they can grow with, maybe they really like biographies or science fiction but if they don't read they'll never know. When I was younger it were given a list of books to read by the end of the year and that was it. No freedom in it, I can be forced to read Lord of the Flies and not care for the story but I still had to finish it. Reading should be enjoyed, and for fun. You can learn different skills reading any book. With the common core I can sit here and still teach every standard with every student reading a different book. The standards are really just skills the students need to interpret the story, so I demand that the students read 30 to 40 books from a variety of genres.
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This brings me back to the Divergent series. These books are well written, action packed stories that translate well from book to book. There were a few twists that I did not see coming. These books, as my wife will attest to, I would read in bed on school nights and still not go to bed until 3 in the morning, starting at 10 pm.

The basic plot of the series is that there was a war that wiped out most of society and those who survived thought that human kind was missing different parts of society so they started the faction system. Each faction represented a way of life that was thought to solve the problems that happen before, they are: Abnegation (selfless), Erudite (Intelligent), Dauntless (Brave), Amity (Peaceful), Candor (Honest). Each of these traits represents the qualities that society was missing. Our main character Beatrice Prior was part of Abnegation but didn't really like the rules involved with being selfless.

The society then tests children once they reach the proper age to place them in the faction for them, when Beatrice took the test she qualified for three different factions, this was illegal. That is as much as I am going to say about that, let’s just say there are a lot of things that happen, which makes this book series extremely exciting.

Over the course of the three books there are many twists, backstabbing and lying that takes place and keeps the books moving.

At some point I will review the movie, as of writing this post I was going to see the movie the following weekend.



Divergent series: A+

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