Divergent by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Collins)
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.Divergent is an explosive thrill ride of pure awesome that I am unlikely to forget for a very, very long time.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
The whole book was just... intense. My eyes were glued to the page and I refused to put it down. It kept me up late into the night and even after I finished it, I couldn't get it out of my head. I still can't get it out of my head.
Tris was an amazing main character. She's tough as nails but has also been shaped a lot by her past, building her into a strong character with a more compassionate side as well. I absolutely loved the relationship she had with Four. They challenged each other constantly, and I feel that in doing that, the best was really brought out in them both. When Tris needed a push in the right direction, Four was there. When she needed someone to let out her frustrations on, he was there. Together, they just formed a very strong bond that I sincerely enjoyed reading about.
I'll admit it - this is a pretty big book. It's close to 500 pages but I read it in less than a day. The action is non-stop and there wasn't a second that I felt was boring. Divergent is a dystopian that I had no trouble understanding - I understand the inner workings of the society, which is something I've sometimes struggled with in others of the same genre.
Overall, Divergent is one of those books that you should all go read. It was a heart-stopping, nail-biting adventure and I can't wait to delve back into the world Veronica Roth has created in the next book! Amazing.
Cover Comments: It's cool! Whenever I see the circle of fire, I think "RING OF SAURON!" Anything that can make me think of Lord of the Rings passes the test.
Additional Comment: By the way, I am 100% Amity. Who wants to jump off a building when you can lounge in the back of a truck, strumming a banjo? I sure don't.