3rd Friday of January (2014): Also Reading DIVERGENT, by Veronica Roth

Oh, what a busy busy bee self is!

She is constantly reading.  Right now, student pieces.  As well as In the Shadow of Man, by Jane Goodall.  As well as science fiction, like Divergent.

Divergent is all about how people make the choice to be one thing.  So far, the people in the book belong to:  1)  Abnegation (the heroine’s mother and older brother) or 2) Candor (the people who demand your seat on the bus).

Wait a minute, isn’t this supposed to be the future?  Why are there still buses?  And why do the buses sound so much like one of those Samtrans buses which pass in front of self’s house x number of times a day?

Divergent, p. 3:

The bus stinks of exhaust.  Every time it hits a patch of uneven pavement, it jostles me from side to side, even though I’m gripping the seat to keep myself still.

My older brother, Caleb, stands in the aisle, holding a railing above his head to keep himself steady.  We don’t look alike.  He has my father’s dark hair and hooked nose and my mother’s green eyes and dimpled cheeks.  When he was younger, that collection of features looked strange, but now it suits him.  If he wasn’t Abnegation, I’m sure the girls at school would stare at him.

In the preview (the film’s coming in March), you have a handsome young man tell Shailene Woodley something like:  “I don’t only want to be brave.  Or generous.  Or loyal.  I want to be all of those things.”  Every time self hears the line, she just wants to bust out laughing.  Yes. Of course.  Brave, generous, and loyal are extremely desirable qualities, so why limit oneself to just one of those???  Self agrees completely with the plaintive questioner. Because it just isn’t fair!

In the meantime, self can’t quit wondering about who gets to be:

  • Malicious
  • Murderous
  • Envious
  • Slothful
  • Disrespectful
  • Cowardly

etc etc etc?  Or have bad qualities been banned in the world of the future?  Guess she’ll have to read further to find out.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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