Release Date: May 3, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Borrowed
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.
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.
I keep hearing people say: ‘Oh, another dystopian book to add to all the other dystopian books…*heavy sigh*’ That baffles me. It really does, because have you read dystopian books? They are awesome, in my opinion. Keep them coming please! Especially if they are anything like Divergent!
Divergent by Veronica Roth is everything I could have asked for from the dystopian genre in a post The Hunger Games world. It has action, lots of it. It has an incredibly interesting world. It has realistic and complex characters, and it has romance. Not a lot, but the perfect amount to leave you breathlessly wanting more.
Veronica Roth certainly holds nothing back in this book. I’m kind of notorious for not reading blurbs. I read it when I first discover the book, but it’s usually forgotten by the time I read the book months later, and that was the case with this book. So, I had no idea that the world I was about to dive into was so intense and violent. Tris is probably the strongest and most kick ass character I have found since Katniss Everdeen!
The author makes her realistic and relatable by giving her weaknesses that she struggles to overcome. But overcome, she does! She’s small, and she gets beat up, but she learns from these things and that made her a fantastic character. She was clear headed and intelligent. Really, the best thing that I can say is: she was the best character for this book. Sometimes you have a great plot and not so great character. Sometimes they just don’t fit with the story the way you would like them to. Divergent and Tris are seamless.
I know I have compared it to The Hunger Games twice now, but really it’s the only book that I have read that is even comparable. I didn’t love it as much as THG, but this is a book for The Hunger Games fans, definitely. The world building is flawless. It’s scary and fascinating, everything that I love in dystopia.
Divergent keeps getting better and better as you flip pages. I advise that when you sit down to read this you better have a lot of free time, because you won’t be able to put it down. Divergent is worth the hype. Read it!