5 out of 5 Robots!
Series: Divergent, #1
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: YA Dystopia
Release: May 3, 2011
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
My Copy: Amazon Vine
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.
Divergent by Veronica Roth is the first in an epic young adult trilogy. This is Roth's debut novel and she has me impressed. Divergent has everything I have been craving since the Hunger Games trilogy ended. It is intense and took my breath away. This book is overflowing with action. I found my heart racing and couldn't have flipped the pages faster. Roth had me addicted to the story and characters from page one. The entire novel is an adventure and I wish it wouldn't have ended. I never skimmed and I never found myself bored.
My favorite part of Roth's writing is the way all of her characters and their relationships with one another evolve throughout the novel. It felt very real, not forced or coerced- like it all made sense and happens exactly as it should. Tris, our heroine, transforms from a young girl into a courageous woman without losing herself or her core values. I absolutely adore her, she can deliver a beat down or take one and stand right back up. She is selfless, tough as nails and brave. Though, without spoiling things, she kills a character I really liked and I'm still disappointed it couldn't have happened any other way. Sigh. Oh well, all of my favorite characters remained in tact by the end of the book and I am sad to say the same about my least favorite characters. These characters are unique, three dimensional and brillant. All of them. The evil villains made me so frustrated that I wanted to scream. This is a good thing.
Quick mention for my beloved Four. He has another name, but I'm not going to tell you here. I think I prefer Four to his real name, but it sounds good next to 'Tris' at least. It was just a little underwhelming, I thought he would have this strong, manly name. It isn't, in my opinion. Tris has her eye on him. I think I may be just as in love with Four as Tris is. Love those mysterious, badass guys. I enjoyed all scenes that included him. haha.
This book is absolutely stunning. I'm going to read it again. I suggest you read it immediately and clear your schedule before you start because you won't be able to put this one down. Do we really have to wait a year for the next book to come out? I'm already on pins and needles. This wait is going to be painful. You MUST read this Divergent!
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