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Friday Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth. Ch 33-34

Brief no-spoiler overview of Chapters 33-34:

Tris tries to get to Tobias after rankings are released but she can’t.

Tris wakes up in the middle of the night and notices everyone getting up.

She follows.

She has no idea whats going on.

They grab guns.

Eric taunts Four.

Four and Tris are taken to Abnegation headquarters.

They get terrible news.

Tris is in trouble.

**SPOILER ALERT AHEAD: IN DETAIL DISCUSSION OF CH 33-34**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 33:

Summary:

Tris tries to get to Tobias after the rankings were released but she can’t.

She falls asleep before she can sneak out to see him.

She is awakened by Christina and the rest of the Dauntless robotically getting dressed with eyes that stare into the distance.

Tris tries to talk to them but they don’t respond.

Tris hurries to get ready so she isn’t left behind.

Max (a Dauntless leader) is in the pit watching them all. Tris does her best to walk like the rest of them and stare vacantly.

They march and pick up weapons. Tris thinks, “Of course, Eric said every Dauntless was injected yesterday. So now the entire faction is brain-dead, obedient, and trained to kill. Perfect soldiers.” (Roth. Pg. 418.)

Tris makes a game plan, she will pretend until she gets to Abnegation and then find her family.

All the Dauntless leaders are awake while every one else is under mind control. Tris thinks about how Tobias may be awake unless she is wrong about him being Divergent.

They march to the train and jump onto the train.

A boy helps Tris on robotically and she notices that it is Tobias and that he is blank faced.

They are standing in rows, close together and Tris feels someone squeezing her hand, it’s Tobias.  He’s awake. He’s Divergent.

A short conversation before they jump of the train at Abnegation occurs,

Tobias says, “Run.”

While Tris says, “My family.”  (Roth. Pg. 421.)

Dauntless scatter across Abnegation. As Tobias and Tris walk robotically through Abnegation they hear sharp popping sounds.

As they walk, it gets louder.  Tris watches as a blind Tori shoots an Abnegation councilman for no reason.

Tris thinks, “All the Abnegation will die if this continues.” (Roth. Pg. 423.)

Eric stops Tris and Tobias and he is explaining to a Dauntless leader how the simulation works.  That they can see and hear but can’t process the information while under the simulation.

He then says, “The legendary Four. No one is going to remember I came in second now, are they? No one’s going to ask me, ‘What was it like to train with the guy who only has four fears?’ He draws his gun and points it at Tobias’ right temple. ‘Think anyone would notice if he accidentally got shot?'” (Roth. Pg. 424.)

The woman says to go ahead and Eric clicks a bullet into the gun.

Tris raises her gun and says, “Get your gun away from his head.”  and Eric replies, “You won’t shoot me.” (Roth. Pg. 424.)

Tris chooses not to murder him but instead shoots him in the foot.

Tobias and Tris run for the alley but as they do Tris hears a gun shot, she gets hit in the shoulder.

Tobias stops to help her and they are surrounded.

Eric says, “Divergent rebels, surrender your weapons.” (Roth. Pg. 425.)

Favorite quotes from chapter thirty-three:

When Tris realizes that Tobias is Divergent, “People crowd into the car around me, so we stand in four rows, shoulder-to-shoulder. And then something peculiar happens: fingers lace with mine, and a palm presses to my palm. Tobias, holding my hand. My entire body is alive with energy.  I squeeze his hand and he squeezes back. He is awake. I was right.” (Roth. Pg. 420.)

 

Chapter 34: 

Summary:

Tris is leaning on Tobias for support as they are led by gunpoint into Abnegation headquarters.

Jeanine is at a desk on the phone when they are shuffled in.

Jeanine speaks of them being Divergent. She addresses Tris first, “You, I expected. All the trouble with you aptitude test results made me suspicious from the beginning but you, Tobias…managed to elude me, everything about you checked out, test results, initiation simulations, everything. But here you are nonetheless.” (Roth. Pg. 427.)

Tobias trades snarky remarks with Jeanine.

Jeanine explains that she always wondered why weak-willed Abnegations always seemed to be Divergent.  She also told Tobias that Abnegation wasn’t innocent bringing up his father. Tobias responded, “No, but at least his evil didn’t involve the widespread manipulation of an entire faction and the systematic murder of every political leader we have.” (Roth. Pg. 430.)

Jeanine ignores him and explains that she has developed a new serum that could possibly work on Divergents as well. She explains that this one instead of controlling their will, will instead control how they hear/see their surroundings forcing them to change their will.

Jeanine says, “You will be the first test subject, Tobias. Beatrice, however…you are too injured to be of much use to me, so your execution will occur at the conclusion of this meeting.” (Roth. Pg. 432.)

Tobias says no and then kisses Tris hard on the mouth.  They forget where they are for a moment.

Then without warning Tobias lunges at Jeanine and tries to strangle her.

Dauntless guards tackle Tris and Tobias.  Then Jeanine injects Tobias with the serum.

Tris tries to talk to Tobias but he tries to attack her.

Jeanine explains that the serum makes him confuse enemy with friend.

The chapter ends with Tris,

“They drag me down the hallway, I feel numb inside, but outside I am a screaming, thrashing force of will. I bite a hand that belongs to the Dauntless man on my right and smile when I taste blood. Then he hits me, and there is nothing.” (Roth. Pg. 435.)

Favorite Quote from chapter thirty-four:

When Jeanine sentences Tris to death, “You will be the first test subject, Tobias. Beatrice however. You are too injured to be of much use to me, so your execution will occur at the conclusion of this meeting.” (Roth. Pg. 432.)

 

Thoughts on Chapter 33-34:

Oh my goodness, war.

Tris was right. Tobias was right. Erudite is going to take out Abnegation.

Mind control madness. Tris is in trouble.

I’m scared, nervous and excited to keep reading.

 

Cheers,

JMaxwell

Author:

Lover of words, culinary enthusiast, mom to an adorable 5 year old, and changing the world for the better one day at a time.

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