Divergent by Veronica Roth
Published May 3, 2011
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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.
Review: I was honestly prepared for the worst. I was prepared to hate it, to want to scream my head off, but I did none of those things. Divergent is everything you want it to be...almost. It may have a few similar aspects as The Hunger Games, but those similarities end rather quickly. You're thrown into this world where fractions exist and not everything is as it seems. Beatrice aka Tris from Abnegation, your protagonist, is likable (for the most part), moody, and extraordinary. Most of the book is revolved around her training when she suddenly switches to Dauntless. The Dauntless who are supposed to brave are more of what I would call reckless. Jumping into trains, off buildings, onto roofs, but Tris is in hog heaven, eating every moment up. The grit of the story is located toward the end, but I wouldn't say this hurts the story. In fact, I never, not once, got the feeling of a dull moment. Veronica Roth is that good. Divergent, is actually a world that is terrifying to me. To not be able to lie and only tell the truth. To not be selfish and only selfless. To not be able to say, "I'm afraid." without consequences. Imagine having to live the rest of your life blocking your real self. This is what Tris has problem with, but even switching to Dauntless doesn't solve her problems. In between training and trying her best not to be discovered for what she really is (not telling~!) she finds a love interest. For me, the romance wasn't fleshed out enough. I felt she liked him, but there just wasn't a time when I thought the romance was truly there. It was like wanting to drink a coke only to find it flat. You want to drink it, but you're just not thirsty enough to take the plunge. I don't have any majors peeves with Divergent, if you forget the major stereotyping of the fractions and that awful friend called Christina. This is one of the best books I've read for 2011. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys Dystopian fiction.