Divergent, Book #1
By Veronica Roth
Author’s Website: http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/
Review brought to you by Shae
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.
Wow. Hi my name is Shae and I am addicted. I just finished this book Wednesday, and turned right back to page one and read it again. If you talk to me in a month I will still be talking about this story.
Let’s start with the number one reason I love this book. There is no love triangle. There is a little drama in the love department, but no love triangle. I can not clarify enough how good it was to read a book, where the main plot was not all about a girl stuck between two guys. Having to chose who she loves, while there are more important things going on in the world. There is Tris and she is making decisions for herself, and just happens to find a guy along the way.
The book was not perfect. I read a ton of books, I am an opinionated person, and I am hard to please. One thing I did not like about the book was, it could get a little confusing. Tris’s thoughts are a little confusing sometimes. Tris herself is very confused at times.
I love this dystopian world. I read a lot of books in the dystopian category, so I feel I have room to compare. I would have been a little happier if more history was included. You just know that this society was built after a war in order to form peace. Hopefully there is more history in the next novel. It kinda feels like there are holes, and if you knew more it would be easier to know what was going on.
I figured out who Four was very early in the story, but that didn’t change a thing. I was caught way off guard when Tris sees her mom at Visiting day. Right away I picked up what was going on, and I was very shocked. I feel that her mom had way more to tell her, and I am wondering if we will ever find out more. There are so many exciting surprises and twists. If the next book is as eventful and well written as this one, it is going to be one hell of a series.
All in all, I love Divergent. I highly recommend this book. If you are a fan of The Hunger Games, you will love this book. If you are looking for a book where the main plot is not about a love triangle, you need to read this book. If you are looking for page to page drama, excitement, action, and more… well this is the book for you!