Divergent by Veronica Roth
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on February 28th 2012
Series: Divergent #1
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 487 pages Source: Amazon
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In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, 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.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
I saw the movie first, so I cheated. I just want to get that out of the way.
I loved this book. I only come across one or two books a year that I love. They have to be fabulously written, immersing, surprising, visual, and perfect. To me, Divergent is.
I don’t want to compare it to the movie here, so I’ll just tell you what I know.
The main character, Beatrice, is strong, resolute, and brave. She’s well-rounded and different. I am so tired of the stereotypical heroine, I could tear my hair out. I loved Tris. I rarely even like the protagonist, so this is a big deal.
Minor characters? They were great. Different and infuriating all at once. The love interest both is and isn’t tall, dark, and handsome. There are no love triangles. 10 points to Gryffindor.
The world is richly detailed, but leaves plenty for the imagination to fill in. It follows the traditional feel of a post apocalyptic world, but there’s more to it, as though it’s just a bubble. It feels familiar, and leaves you wanting to know more.
The plot – it’s pretty original, although it follows typical dystopian lines. It won’t be very surprising, but it is engrossing.
I am left wanting more.
Needless to say, I’ll be reading Insurgent.