Divergent by Veronica Roth
Release Date: May 3rd, 2011
HarperCollins, 487 Pages
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Divergent #1
Recommended for: Fans of The Hunger Games
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.
Let me not be the first to say (especially on this blog) that Veronica Roth is a certified GENIUS! I finished this book about 25 hours after it came out…and let me just say….WOW…seriously.
I loved that it was fast paced, emotions running high, lots of action scenes…and *sigh* Four. Goodness gracious. I know my sister and our friends already think I’m a total nerd because I collect books, am obsessed with reading, get totally sucked into the books I do read, and started a book review blog…however…I could talk about this book all day long. Sash can probably tell you that we exchanged
many excited texts, emails, and IM’s while reading this book. Every time we got to an exciting part…we’d both freak out and have to talk about it. Her opinion about this book differs a little from mine…but not on the rating because it was INCREDIBLE.
Let me start by saying that I liked that it was set in Chicago and the different factions are awesome ideas. Sash said she would have chosen Amity because she didn’t want to rock the boat…but I’m convinced I would have gone with Dauntless because I’m feisty, hand-to-hand combat is awesome, and I have/love tattoos (and would definitely have a zillion if I lived there).
Don’t get me wrong…obviously I love to read & I’m a professional student half-way through my
Master’s program…but Erudite wouldn’t have been my choice…knowledge is power, but power corrupts. I definitely couldn’t have dealt with all of the do-gooders in Abnegation, that would have driven me crazy & I would’ve felt like a terrible person all the time. Candor…let’s be honest…big mouths with no filter are a pet peeve & I absolutely would not put myself through their initiation (no thanks for public humiliation).
I think I loved Tris so much was because she was a mix between caring & ruthless…and the fact that she never liked to back down was awesome. She didn’t whine or complain and she didn’t make excuses for herself. My least favorite character in the book would probably have to be Al…(I know…why not Eric or Peter or someone evil). Al was the biggest pansy on earth and I cannot believe he chose Dauntless because he’s a gigantic baby. Obviously he wasn’t going to make it through initiation, but I was surprised at his demise. Peter on the other hand…and Marcus…I hope they get appropriately
“dealt with” in the next book…it was good to keep them around because the way Marcus was oogling over the data chip leads me to believe he’ll be trouble later.
I think the part that made me smile the biggest and giggle loudest was when Tris’s mom turned out to be a BAMF. I got so excited because I kept thinking “Omg!! Mom is a total BAMF! Ahhh!” (literally) I can kind of see why she left Dauntless because pretty much everyone there is a daredevil extreme & some are straight up nuts. Although, the jumping from trains and living in a huge cavern is way cool & I would definitely be first in line for the zip-line…even their capture-the-flag sounds like a ton of fun!
(Also, I hear the food/cake is good! haha) This faction makes me feel the camaraderie in the new initiates, and the fact that the Dauntless-born are accepting of Tris make her even more of a likable character.
I can also agree with Sash when she said that killing off that many characters was BOLD. It definitely reinforced the entire dystopic theme…duh…everyone is not going to live. Roth did not hesitate to knock a character off if it kept the plot moving & the emotions running full tilt. It really set up Tris as a heroine that has been through a lot of loss, but can keep on chugging. She really knows how to stick it to the man. I am wondering whether we’ll see Eric, Max, or Jeanine again…or if Amity is really going to be of much use in the war considering they’re the peaceful faction…Hmm…maybe that’s the point of Amity being the faction they have to seek sanctuary and an alliance.
Personally, Tobias is definitely not how I want to think of Four…so I refuse to label that as his name…it’s too…bleh & weird. Four is way more mysterious and fierce & the story behind his nickname makes it even better. The fact that Tris and he originated from the same faction is shocking/awesome times a billion. I figured out who he was before the book told me, but the way he showed Tris was even
better than just blabbing it out to her.
Basically, this book is the best book I have read in a long time & the fact that I was reading it instead of studying for my final exams speaks to how fast-paced it was and how well it flowed. The plot was perfect, the characters are amazing, the setting is dystopic & believable, and I cannot wait for more! Go out & get it today!!