Here is the next instalment of Divergent review. There is going to be a little change to these reviews, instead of doing two chapters every Monday. I will be doing two chapters every Monday and Friday because it is going to take way too long to get through the book only reviewing two chapters a week. So now we will be reviewing four chapters a week.
Let’s get into my review of Chapters 7-8.
Brief no-spoiler overview of Chapters 7-8:
After all the initiates have passed their first test and land safely in the Dauntless compound, Four leads them through Dauntless and you get a detailed look of the compound.
The rules are explained to the initiates and they get a shocking piece of news.
Four explains his regular job and his temporary one of training initiates.
Christina and Tris make fast friends and explore the compound together, laughing and having a good time.
They meet Eric who is a Dauntless leader and get to see his personality and how he interacts with Four.
The initiates will be training daily and go through three different stages.
Tris reflects on all the events that have happened since the choosing ceremony and silently cries herself to sleep.
Tris wakes up to her first day of Dauntless training.
Tris struggles with this task because she has to get over her selfless mindset in order to train properly.
At lunch, Christina and Tris let Al into their friend group and Will also joins them. They become great friends and talk about their old factions.
After training is over for the day, Christina convinces Tris to let her give her a makeover and they all go to get tattoos together in an effort to move forward from their old factions.
**SPOILER ALERT AHEAD: IN DETAIL DISCUSSION OF CH 7-8**
Chapter 7: Initiation: Day one:
The chapter begins with Four showing all the initiates the Dauntless compound which is like a carved out mountain. The walls are made from stone and it is dimly lit. They walk slowly down a hallway and then Lauren tells them that this is where the Dauntless-born initiates and the transfers split up. They will all train separately until after initiation.
Four will be in charge of the initiates training, Tris looks around at her fellow initiates. There are only nine of them and she is the only Abnegation.
Christina back talks Four and he lets her have it saying, “‘Well, Christina, if I wanted to put up with Candor smart-mouths, I would have joined their faction.’ he hisses. ‘The first lesson you will learn from me is to keep your mouth shut. Got that?'” (Roth. Pg. 62-63.)
Tris thinks that it would be smart to be careful around Four with her Divergent ways because his “stillness” worries her.
Four shows them the pit, which is a underground cavern with uneven rock walls and narrow path ways with no barriers, one wrong move and down you would go. One “floor” above them is a glass room which goes above the rock walls. From the outside it would look like a normal building.
Tris thinks about how she doesn’t she any elders and wonders briefly where the old people go but is distracted by the chaos of Dauntless. They are all speaking fast, expressively and loudly.
Four takes them to the chasm, it is a large waterfall that goes down to jagged rocks at the bottom, it is secured by a iron barrier. Four warns them, “‘The chasm reminds us that there is a fine line between bravery and idiocy.’ Four shouts. ‘A daredevil jump of this ledge will end your life. It has happened before, it will happen again. You’ve been warned.'” (Roth. Pg. 65.)
Tris new group of friends make fun of her as she tries hamburger for the first time and Four tells them that it is because Abnegation eat plain food.
Eric approaches Four and says to Tris, “Ooh a stiff…We’ll see how long you last.” (Roth. Pg. 67.)
Tris asks several questions about Eric and Fours relationship but is shut down by Four who scolds her about being like a Candor. She back talks him and he warns her to be careful.
After dinner, Eric introduces himself to the group and tells them that training will be every day from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. with a lunch break. After which they can do whatever they want but they must not leave Dauntless without a fully Dauntless member.
They find out that they will all sleep in a room together with no privacy. Dauntless-born initiates and transfers are kept separate for the first stage of training but will be ranked the same.
Eric then tells them that the lowest ranked at each stage will be out of Dauntless and will become factionless.
Only the top ten initiates will become Dauntless.
That night Tris falls asleep trying to keep her crying quiet as to not appear weak to the other initiates. The same can’t be said about Al, who is sobbing loudly beside her.
As she drifts to sleep and feeling hollow, she thinks, “My problem might be that even if I did go home, I wouldn’t belong there, among people who give without thinking and care without trying.” (Roth. Pg. 75.)
Favorite quotes from chapter seven:
When Eric tells the initiates that if they fail, they will be factionless, “‘You chose us,’ he says. ‘Now we have to choose you.'” (Roth. Pg. 73.)
Chapter 8: Stage one: Fight!
The chapter starts with the first day of training. Four let’s them know that they will be learning to shoot a gun today.
Four explains that there are three stages of initiation. They all determine your rank and your rank decides when you get to choose your job in Dauntless if you make it in.
The first stage is physical.
The second stage is emotional.
The third stage is mental.
Peter is yawning and being rude so Four decides to wake him up by pointing a gun at his head and telling him off.
They are all given a target, a gun and bullets. They must practise hitting the target or attempting to hit it. Tris is having an extremely hard time with this because Abnegation live a selfless life, defending yourself was seen as selfish but also there never was anything to defend against.
Tris tries again and again but continues to miss. Will an Erudite, makes fun of Tris and her anger at him makes her aim better. She hits the target and proves his point.
After another five rounds, she hits the middle of the target. She feels extremely powerful and thinks, “Maybe I do belong here.” (Roth. Pg. 79.)
At lunch, Christina and Tris invite Al to sit with them as well as Will.
They all make fun of Tris for her Abnegation mindset and how she is appalled by public displays of affection because of it. Tris muses thats it’s nice to laugh again.
After lunch, they head to a different room where they are told that they will have to learn to fight each other. Each week they fight someone new and it will directly affect their ranking.
The first day is learning technique and the next day they will fight each other. Four tells them, “So I recommend that you pay attention. Those who don’t learn fast will get hurt.” (Roth. Pg. 83.)
When Tris is practising with the punching bag, Four comes to give her some helpful advice, “‘You don’t have much muscles,’ he says, ‘which means you’re better off using your knees and elbows. You can put more power behind them.'” (Roth. Pg. 84.)
Tris loses her mind temporarily because Four has his hands lightly on her ribcage, reminding her to keep her abs tight when fighting.
When training is over, Christina makes fun of Tris saying, “I’m surprised he didn’t break you in half…he scares the hell out of me. It’s that quiet voice he uses.” (Roth. Pg. 85.)
Tris and her friends decide that they want to get tattoos together in an attempt to move past their old factions.
Christina wants to give Tris a makeover to make her look less like Abnegation. Christina puts Tris in a knee length black dress, pulls her hair out of the ponytail and applies eyeliner. Tris doesn’t believe she can be pretty but Christina said she was going for noticeable.
Tris muses when she sees here reflection, “Looking at myself now isn’t like seeing myself for the first time, it’s like seeing someone else for the first time. Beatrice was a girl I saw in stolen moments at the mirror, who kept quiet at the dinner table. This is someone whose eyes claim mine and don’t release me; this is Tris.” (Roth. Pg. 87.)
Tris sees Tori at the tattoo shop and Tris tries to get her to talk to her about being Divergent but Tori tells her no.
Tris decides to get three birds that fly towards her heart, one for each one of her family members that she left behind.
Favorite Quote from chapter eight:
When Peter yawns during training, “Four flips the gun in his hands, presses the barrel to Peter’s forehead, and clicks a bullet into place. Peter freezes with his lips parted the yawn dead in his mouth. ‘Wake. up,’ four snaps. ‘You are holding a loaded gun, you idiot. Act like it.'” (Roth. Pg. 77.)
Thoughts on Chapter 7-8:
I really love these chapters because the Dauntless compound is so interesting.
Four seems like a character that I am going to love to hate. Eric seems evil as hell and I’m wondering what his role he will play in the book.
I like to see how Tris is changing and becoming more Dauntless and more herself.
The training seems like it is trouble in the making and I’m excited to see how Tris and her friends do and the continued antics of her new friend group.
What’s next for the Dauntless initiates?
What will happen in regards to Tris being Divergent?
You can read my review of Chapters 9-10 this Friday, Aug 8th, 2014.