ImageAuthor: Valerie Estelle Frankel

Number of Pages: 156

Publisher: Litcrit Press

Release Date: December 17, 2013

“The Divergent series is delighting the world with its epic of Tris and Four struggling through revolutions to create a better world. But there are deeper meanings and symbols beneath the surface. Why is it fitting that teens numbered three and four should remake the world? How many Biblical references appear? Why are ravens and crows such popular symbols? And what themes and images does this series share with The Hunger Games and all the other dystopias, past and present? Today’s groundbreaking studies in brain chemistry and psychology tests merge with a frightening future in the recognizable ruins of Chicago. As Tris becomes a warrior woman on the classic heroine’s journey, she discovers the deeper truths of the five Factions, and in so doing, the deeper truths of herself. What these truths are, clever fans can discover through close analysis of the trilogy.”


This is the first book I have ever won in a giveaway, and I recently won a signed copy of it from Goodreads. I was so excited to read it, especially since I finished Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy not too long ago and I’m really interested in symbolism, deeper meanings, etc. However, as soon as I read the first page I knew that this was not the book for me. Here’s why:

  • I thought much of the analysis that Frankel presented was incredibly obvious. I felt like she was constantly explaining things that I already knew, which became a bit bothersome after a while.
  • On the other hand, I thought that some of the analysis was WAY TOO in-depth. For example, the book went so far as to say that Beatrice’s nickname Tris had the prefix “tri” in it, which represented the three factions she fit into according to the test. I’m not sure if Veronica Roth intended it or not, but that seems much too detailed to me. It gave me the feeling that Frankel was searching for more meaning than there really was.
  • Other young adult dystopian novels were referenced so often that it felt more like an analysis of the entire genre in general rather than of just the Divergent trilogy. It’s almost like I learned more about The Hunger Games and Crossed than specifically about Divergent. 
  • This book also included what I viewed as major spoilers for the other series she referenced. Thankfully I had already read most of them and the ones that I hadn’t I don’t really have an interest in reading. There should have been a warning in the beginning of the book concerning this issue, because some people would really rather not have an entire series spoiled for them.

I do not mean to bash this book. However, I believe that sharing my honest opinion is important. If I said that I enjoyed this book very much when I actually didn’t, then how could I expect anyone to trust my reviews in the future? Overall, I believe that this book had great intentions, but it fell flat in its execution of those goals.

My Rating: :0) 1 out of 5 smileys.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: No. But do not let that dissuade you from reading it if you think it sounds really interesting. I certainly enjoyed the Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, but it’s not my favorite series ever. Perhaps this book would appeal more to someone who absolutely adored the trilogy?

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