Spoiler spoilers. Thoughts on the Divergent series.
1. The basic premise is scientifically unsound. Personality is not a simple dominant-recessive binary trait, it is made of of myriad of different factors, both genetic and environmental. To definitively link a personality trope with susceptibility to a drug? To say that the same drug will work on A, B, C, D, and E individually but not at all on ABCDE, which is just a combination of the above? Especially when each “trait” is so ambiguous and multifactorial? Just, no. I think reality is a bit more like this, a melding of different combinations of the same underlying units. Bioengineering/medical brain is inwardly cringing. Also doing a DNA test by injecting stuff into you instead of taking blood out, why the heck would that ever be a good idea!?
2. Just like Hunger Games but worse. With less convincing character development and a TON more fluff.
3. Tris and Four please stop making out every other page. Oh my frickin’ god. It was eye-rollingly maybe a bit cute the first time (like, haha, I could see that coming from a mile away). NOT so much after the 500th time. “I don’t know how I feel about sex so let’s just make out like every time we see each other. And I’ll conveniently die at the end of the series to keep everything PG13.” Wut. Just leave it out, please.
4. Tris’s selfless suicide. Have to admit I kind of assumed that the fluffiness misled me to believe this was one of the typical YA books where main characters never die, and I didn’t see that coming at all.
Way to pull a George R. R. Martin, seriously. But I don’t know. I just didn’t feel like it was meaningful in anyway other than the shock factor, I guess.
But the good:
1. Solid interesting premise.
2. Wow the author is only 25!? And was probably younger when her book was published? Much respect and totally reasonable excuse for having some apparent flaws. Cringing at all the times I tried Nano and never finished, and of recent years when I honestly didn’t even try at all. Just ignored the peptalks in my email and continued surfing reddit or facebook or whatever.
3. We take what we want from books, and I doubt this was one of the intended themes, but I was reminded that despite how different everyone’s lives are, the one thing that we have in common is that we all want to be loved, acknowledged, and competent/useful. That is at the absolute core of being human.
TLDR; I powered through Divergent because our internet went out for a few days, and I needed something to curb my boredom. While somewhat unsatisfying, it reminded me of how amazing good books are, and why I used to read and write. Next on my to read list; 100 Year of Solitude, House of Leaves, things by Haruki Murakami and lots more!
^ apparently video doesn’t show up on the dash? but it is right here.
"I don’t want the "other" me having all the fun. "
Frickin’ Wong Fu videos, hitting home and exposing all that I am unsatisfied with in my current situation.
I love vet
school med and I love lab animal medicine and I love that I can feel satisfied with my impact on the world. No regrets for sure. But in another life? Fricking biomimicry/bioinspiration. Frickin’ wind turbines inspired by whale fins. Frickin’ studying Nature, the best engineer, streamlined by millions of years of evolution, and applying principles to make our world more efficient. How frickin’ rad is that? Just saying. (Of course biomimcry is one of those fuzzy fields that needs supplemental technical knowledge from other fields, and vet med x biomimicry = very compatible, so maybe it can work out.)
n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate…