Published: May 3rd
Where to buy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble
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.
If you’ve read any YA book blogs in the last three months or so, you’ve probably seen a stunning review of Veronica Roth’s debut: Divergent. Trust me, Divergent is so worth all the hype. I screamed like a maniac when I got my signed copy from a friend. Definitely on the top 5 of my favorite dystopian books of all time.
It was sort of like a combo of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, but don’t worry, it was completely original. Beatrice, the main character must chose a faction to devote her life to, but choosing isn’t always easy. Factions include Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. She’s dangerous. She’s different. And she’s Divergent!
*spoilers* I am warning you aren’t I?
She chose Dauntless! This shocks everyone, even herself. Her family is torn about this because her brother has also chosen a different faction. Being Dauntless isn’t easy and not everyone can make the initiation especially competing against the Dauntless-born for the top ten rankings. It’s even worse when everyone considers her a Stiff because of her old faction. But, Tris is determined to prove them that she has what it takes. She makes a few friends, but also manages to make a few enemies; all ready to do whatever it takes to be on top.
I love Tris and her character. Doesn’t the book world need more butt-kicking girls? I understand her and she’s easy to relate to, given her situation. Plus the romance is so cute! I won’t tell you who, but I love him. Drool-worthy! She also uncovers more secrets about herself and her faction because everything is not as it seems. I didn’t really like how it ended but I am eagerly waiting to read Insurgent, the next book in the trilogy. Divergent was not what I expected. No, it was so much more and I couldn’t help but run into surprises everywhere I went. And managed to reread it three times before I bought another copy so no one else could ruin my signed one. Trust me; pick up a copy of Divergent, you won’t regret it.
My rating: 5 stars!
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