WHY CHERI AND I ARE READING DIVERGENT.
This is how a conversation will often go between us.
Cheri: “We like books.”
Me: “Except YA books.”
Cheri: “Yeah. Like Twilight and Divergent.”
Me: “Yeah, because Divergent is lame and stuff.”
Cheri: “Why though?”
And that’s where it ends.
We’ve both read Twilight in a time when we were more optimistic and encouraged by friends (we read it in high school basically). We both know for a fact that we don’t like it. We’ve always had a list of stories that we don’t want to read because we think they are quintessential YA. But we aren’t really sure why we don’t like them that much. Like love triangles! But do all books even have that? Or bad world building! But some aren’t that bad…
One of those books that keeps coming up is Divergent.
Hundreds of thousands of people love this book and more now that it is a movie trilogy. We realized we could no longer get away with just saying we didn’t like it, just because. So now, we’re reading it. We’re pretty sure we’re not going to like it, but for you, dear readers, and because the movies are coming out to much hype, we are going to hate read the entire trilogy.
Hate read: v. to read angrily despite knowing that you will not like said content.
And here is the start to our crazy ride entitled:
What. The. Hell.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good dystopia. 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and Brave New World all had elements about them that I really enjoyed. The best thing about all of them is that they are simultaneously a scathing indictment of humanity’s flaws and an eye opening experience. In the worlds built, they take readers on a journey that shows the dangers and powers of ideas.The validity and realism of the worlds lent itself to the fear and believability. And that’s exactly where Divergent went wrong for me. Here is a direct conversation between me and Cheri:
Chebk: DIVERGENT IS STUPID
What kind of system would force you to be something you’re not and have no surveillance to make
sure these things are being followed
Cheri: Some kind of authority figure like a teacher. It’s why school worked so well.
How far did you get?
Chebk: 20 pages
But forcing you to jump out of a train that’s moving???
Twenty pages in and I knew that this was going to be a difficult book to accept. Who the heck tells people they need to jump out of moving trains as transportation and if they don’t, then what? They’re factionless? Which is somehow synonymous with being homeless and doing jobs ‘that no one wants’ like being janitors or carpenters. Uh, those jobs need a lot of skills and knowledge and I think there are some carpenters that would like a few words with the author (I mean being all jesus-ey wasn’t jesus’s dad a carpenter? Just saying). Also, if those are jobs ‘that no one wants’, why isn’t Abnegation taking those jobs? They are selfless.
As the story continued, things just kept getting worse. The main character had similar questions to me, but they were just brushed off. Like why are there no old people in Dauntless? Guess they didn’t make the train, haha. That is literally how it happens in the book. Ha. Ha.
There were oddly specific examples of how the world functions, that weren’t generalizable to the overall society/didn’t really explain anything. Like Abnegation were all policy makers and held government jobs, but is that really what those who are selfless would do? They would rule the city? I mean, what about every single other job in the entire world??? And the Dauntless. They fight. Who. What. Where. And mostly, When? We are never shown any sort of danger besides those that are internal. There is no reason to have a Dauntless faction!!!
And WHY AREN’T MORE PEOPLE DIVERGENT? Almost everyone in the entire universe will NOT fit into these cookie cutter characteristics and be able to live every aspect in them. What is the point of having a test if all you’re going to do is let the kids choose AND THEN THEY CAN CHOOSE NOT WHAT THE TEST SAID! What is the point? My mind hurts just thinking about the nonsense this book spouts.
The conclusion is I HATED this book. And I read it. I HATE READ the book. For you, dear readers. Cheri will have more coming soon and she will be more coherent, but I hated the book. And read it. And regret it.
What are some books you’d HATE READ? or have in the past? Let us know in the comments 🙂