Saturday, July 16, 2011

Review: "Divergent" by Veronica Roth


From Goodreads:  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.

My Thoughts:  This book has a lot of hype surrounding it and was definitely worth reading.  I am not going to say much because I don't want to give anything away.  To me, Divergent felt like a mix of The Giver and The Hunger Games and is a great addition to the dystopian genre.  The writing is excellent and the characters were well-developed.  I love that this is another YA book with a young tough female heroine; Tris is a kick-butt kind of girl who is not afraid to do what she thinks is right.  Four is also a great character who I couldn't help but love.  Roth's story made me want to keep reading and the twists and turns in the story made it hard to put down and made the end so awful!  This book is obviously the first in a series and the cliffhanger ending was brutal!  I will be anxiously awaiting the next book.  4 stars.

3 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read this! I've just heard nothing but amazing things about it!

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  2. I really enjoyed this book! There was a lot of hype, but I think it was warranted. Can Insurgent go ahead and get here?

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  3. It seems like a lot of people have read this already...well excwept me but I will probably read it soon.

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