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Monday Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth. Ch 35-36

Brief no-spoiler overview of Chapters 35-36:

When Tris wakes up, she is in a tank.

She escapes.

Someone saves her.

She continues to run.

Tris loses it momentarily.

She keeps moving forward.

Tris kills people in an effort to survive.

Tris kills someone close to her.

She loses it loudly for a second.

She meets up with her dad and Caleb.

They fix her up.

They make a plan.












Chapter 35:


Tris wakes up with an extremely sore head.  She finds herself in an enclosed space.

She is in a tank, being watched by a camera.

She realizes this is like the simulation but it’s real life now.

Her arm is numb and she sees how much blood she has lost.

She tries to get out, panicking but realizes quickly that they are studying her through the camera.

“I am not a coward, I lift my head and stare at the camera across from me. I focus on my breathing. I can forget that I’m about to die. I stare at the camera until my vision narrows and it is all I see.” (Roth. Pg. 438.)

The water is at her ankles and she mentally prepares herself, remaining as calm as possible.

She is submerged underwater, she is drowning but she thinks about her father and she is no longer afraid.  She opens her eyes.

Theres a figure standing outside the tank.

The figure smashes the glass, it’s Tris’ mom and she tells her that they have to run.

They run down the hallways and as they do Tris’ mom shoots two guards in the head.

Tris notices a tattoo peeking out of her moms shirt.

Tris asks her mom if she was Dauntless and her mom says, “Yes, and it has served me well today. Your father and Caleb and some others are hiding in a basement at the intersection of North and Fairfield. We have to go there.” (Roth. Pg. 440.)

Tris mom explains that she is Divergent too and why the leaders don’t like it, ” Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it’s not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can’t be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can’t be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.” (Roth. Pg. 442.)

Groups of Dauntless are approaching them.

Her mom tells her that she will distract them and Tris is to run to her father.

They exchange I love you’s and when Tris looks back she sees her mom get shot.

She watches as she falls to the ground and screams into her hand.

Tris falls to the ground and is completely overcome with sadness.

She sees Dauntless and somehow, she gets up and starts to run again.

Tris explains that the Dauntless have no idea what they are doing and the Abnegation people feel sorry for them sparking Tris’ game plan.

She explains that they will have to wake them up so they will revolt against Erudite and Dauntless.

She figures out that it is being controlled from Dauntless headquarters and her dad looks to her to who she wants to take with her and who should go on to Amity.

Tris answers, “Anyone who can and will fire a gun, and isn’t afraid of heights.


Favorite quotes from chapter thirty-five:

When Tris’ mom explains why she saved her, “You’re my daughter. I don’t care about the faction. Look where they got us. Human beings as a whole cannot be good for long before the bad creeps back in and poisons us again.” (Roth. Pg. 441.)


Chapter 36: 


Dauntless are trailing Tris, she narrowly escapes being shot again.

She uses the pain from them killing her mom to keep her moving and shooting at them.

Tris goes to shoot at the second Dauntless, she squeezes the trigger but doesn’t fire.

It’s Will.

He stops, raises his gun, starts to push the trigger and Tris shoots.

Eyes closed but gets him right in the head.

She gets down on the ground in an alley and screams.

She is crying and messed up about killing Will, “He smiles in my memory. A curled lip. Straight teeth. Light in his eyes. Laughing, teasing, more alive in memory than I am in reality. It was him or me. I chose me. But I feel dead too.” (Roth. Pg. 446.)

Tris gets to the basement, Caleb greets her.

He tells her he did the research mom wanted and then left Erudite.

Her dad removes the bullet and stitches her up.

Tris delivers the news about her mom and her dad momentarily looks so sad but catches himself saying, “That is good. A good death.” (Roth. Pg. 451.)

Tris thinks about how Eric said that Al’s suicide was brave but Tris thinks her mom’s was braver.

She did it without announcing it, without considering another option and with the intention of pure love.

Tris prepares to save all these people, Marcus (Tobias’ dad.)  speaks up about heading to Amity for safety.

Favorite Quote from chapter thirty-six:

Tris’ plan to save them, “If we wake the Dauntless up, they will probably revolt when they realize what’s going on. The Erudite won’t have an army. The Abnegation will stop dying. This will be over.” (Roth. Pg. 453.)


Thoughts on Chapter 35-36:

Talk about fears coming to life!

Tris almost drowns in a tank of water but her mom saves her, sacrifices her life for her.

She killed Will.

The next step is to stop Erudite with her father and Caleb.

This book is getting intense.





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