Reading While on Break

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a blog post. Last fall I was student teaching, and it was INTENSE. I’m happy to say that part of my training is complete. I was blessed to be hired as a teacher just two weeks after I completed student teaching. God was really watching over me and totally had His hand on the entire situation. I started teaching right after Thanksgiving, and Christmas break began three weeks later. Over the break, I had some time to catch up on some reading, and I finished reading the Divergent Series. I had already read the first book, and one of my favorite bloggers wrote a review of the series which made me that much more interested in them. Without further ado, here are my thoughts on the series.

In the first book of the trilogy, Divergent, we are introduced to several people who all live in different factions (four to be exact) Each faction serves a different function to make the whole work. The series can be viewed as a “coming of age” story since the story begins with an aptitude test for young teens to see which faction they fit in best. These factions take pride in their work and duties, and they do not like overlapping. That overlap causes big problems for some characters such as Beatrice Prior (Tris) and Four. Divergent means something, and it has a negative connotation with it for the factions. As you read the series, divergence becomes empowering rather than debilitating. That is one positive aspect I love about these books. The things that are seen as negative influences become empowering in a good way, or at least with good intentions. Insurgent and Allegiant are no different.

Insurgent and Allegiant will keep you on the edge of your seat as Veronica Roth leaves little surprises around every corner. This book series is both captivating and full of surprises. Each twist and turn along the way made the journey more and more interesting. Roth does such a wonderful describing the characters. I have left this review a little open ended because I don’t want to give anything away. I will say that I was somewhat surprised by the ending, but one thing the author makes clear is that sometimes we all have to make sacrifices at some point in our lives. Those sacrifices come in different forms, but the lesson to learn is be sure you are spending time desiring and trying to make a difference.

So, who is this book series good for? Well, the series was written for teens ages 14-17 according to Barnes & Noble, but I think it is also good for older readers as well. The series can be compared to the Hunger Games, but the violence in the Divergent Series is different. In my opinion, these books would be suited for mature readers (both boys and girls) according the age range previously stated. If you have read the series, I would love to hear your thoughts on it as well. For all of those at home due to snow, grab a good book, blanket, and curl up on the couch to read for a little while, and enjoy the day.