DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
About DIVERGENT (taken from goodreads.com)
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, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Review of DIVERGENT
I wasn’t always such a huge dystopia book fan but this was the book that completely changed my view about them. This has to be one of my all time favorite books. I love everything about it! The world the author created is fantastic. I love how everyone gets sorted into factions kind of like the Hogwarts houses in Harry Potter. It’s really cool how each faction has different jobs and qualities. I really liked how they all have initiations too, it makes the world that much cooler.
The plot was incredible. It moved along at a perfect pace and there was nothing about it that you could complain about. The intro was really nice because it was able to explain the world will still moving forward with the plot. The ending was incredible as well. It was a huge cliff hanger but the next book was worth the wait.
I loved all the characters too. Tris is a great female heroine. She’s smart and tough. I just really enjoyed her personality. When she decided something she followed through no matter how tough it got. And she always fights for what she thinks is right even if it doesn’t concern her. I loved Toby too of course. I like how he was different from the rest of his group. He’s also a really smart character and I really like his and Tris’ relationship. Even the other characters that played a smaller part were all relevant to the plot some way. Even the bad guys were really well done.
If you haven’t read this yet I recommend that you do.
5 out of 5
“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”