Yes, lovelies. A perfect pairing atmosphere.
I read Divergent by Veronica Roth. It’s a dystopic YA novel where society is divided into five factions–the Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite.
Beatrice Prior is our protagonist and the day she chooses her faction, she changes from the selfless, political Abnegation to the badass and brave Dauntless faction.
We follow Beatrice through her initiation in the Dauntless faction, where she learns to jump off of trains, shoot a gun, fight in hand to hand combat, and get through other intense psychological tests. And there’s a bit of flirting, of course.
Divergent is a damn fun ride, with just a bit of romance and political intrigue to get it going. The world-building itself was probably my favorite part, mostly because I’m a sucker for dystopic societies, but also because it was different and interesting from other dystopic ideas of society.
While some characters were fantastic (see: Four), some ended up feeling just a bit too one-dimensional and hollow. With a society made of up of five different factions, it can be easy to see a character end up that way–but not the main character.
Beatrice was fun at first, but ended up grating on me. Much like teenage girls normally do. I actually started reading the second in Roth’s series, but couldn’t keep my attention long enough to finish it. And that normally doesn’t happen to me.
So, Divergent is a fantastic, fun book. It’s filled with some really amazing scenes, some intense world-building, and a great look at initiation fueled fighting. But, for me, it was a one time read. Enjoyed but not loved. I would recommend to the right person, but not everybody.
Oh hunny. It’s a mouthful in more ways than one.
This is a roasted, chocolatey porter with just a touch of pumpkin. It’s also blended with five spices and vanilla beans for more richness. Its dark color reminds me of the Dauntless swinging off of trains or holed up together in their underground cavern. It also reminds me of fall. Of delicious beautiful things.
Have you read Divergent? What’s your favorite pumpkin porter?