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.
REVIEW: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent (Divergent Series #1)
By Veronica Roth
One choice can transform you.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are. 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.
Rating: ✰✰✰✰✰ (5 out of 5 stars…if I could give it a 10 I would!)
Oh my gosh. This book. I ABSOLUTELY FREAKING loved it! The setting, the characters, the plot…EVERYTHING. Divergent is perfect.
It all starts when Tris takes a simulated aptitude test. This test is supposed to tell her which faction she belongs in. She instead shows equal aptitude for three different factions, which her test taker Tori tells her is called Divergent. Told that being divergent is deadly, she keeps it a secret…even from her family.
Tris chooses to join Dauntless, the brave. Leaving her family behind in Abnegation, she quickly gets wrapped up in the competitive world of Dauntless initiation. What she doesn’t realize is that being divergent is a lot harder to hide than she thought.
And then, there is Four. Oh em gee amazing Four. His name comes from the fact that he only has four fears. Tris likes him, Four likes her…and the romance begins!
During the book, you slowly realize the fact that there is something very off about the world they live in. No, it’s not just the whole dystopian faction divided thing. They only ever mention Chicago…and a fence. Society is very controlled.
You immediately get wrapped up in Tris’ world. A lot of dystopian books can’t do that, it’s either too confusing or just too weird. But Divergent was the perfect mix of different and relatable. I could empathize with Tris’ situation. There is action, romance, mystery, suspense…this book keeps you reading.
All. Night. Long.
This is my favorite teen fiction book of all time! I’m not kidding, Divergent is #1. And that is saying a LOT, because I absolutely love The Hunger Games book series (Team Peeta!). I am ECSTATIC for the movie coming out March 21st! I can’t wait!
10 out of 5. Excellent…
I have been looking for a new book, so I guess this is the winner! I am just finishing up Elizabeth Smart’s “My Story.” The book is heartbreaking in regards to what she had to go through during her kidnapping! If you haven’t read it, I recommend that one 🙂
Thanks for the recommendation, Jess. I’ve been wanting to check that one out for a while now and your comment was confirmation I should read it! Thanks a bunch. 🙂