Series: Divergent #1
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Romance
Release Date: May 3rd 2011
I head so many good things about this book and I had to read it before the movie was released.
Summary taken 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.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
To compare this book to The Hunger Games isn’t fair. Because, these books are both equally as awesome and although they are both dystopian novels they are very different. This book is so eloquently written, and the plot so extremely well done that I was captivated from the moment she goes to school and sees the Dauntless jump off the train. Some people don’t agree with me, and that’s ok, because to each their own. But, I loved this book, and I loved this book because of the characters and because of the plot. When you think of dystopian society, you think of the powerful overpowering the weak, or the rich overtaking the poor. But, I had never considered a world divided based off their traits and character. And that is what the world of Divergent is. The world is divided in to factions each upholding the values that they believe were ignored and therefore were the downfall of man kind. But, it’s not so simply as Tris finds out. Now, Tris...is one hell of a character. She isn’t a hero. She isn’t devoting her life to the better good. In fact, she admits to being selfish, and selfless, and cowardly, and ever brave. She doesn’t hide. She isn’t fake. She’s real. She has real emotions, she admits and acknowledges her faults, and generally she is just really confused, and occasionally she’s socially awkward. She’s grown up in a life where she was taught to be selfless, but she just wants to be selfish for once. Then there is Four. I had no clue what to make of Four. He is cold, hard, and he seems emotionless. But, there just might be more to him.
God, I love Four.
This book swept me away to a word I soon won’t forget. There is adventure, some serious and emotional events, and this ending is guaranteed to make you cry. This is another book that will be sitting on the top shelf of my bookcase. Forever listed as a favourite of mine.
Tris--Brave even when she thinks she’s not. Above all else, real and relatable.
Four--He makes me shiver with delight just thinking about him. I cannot wait to read more about Four.
Will, Uriah, Christina--These are all great additional characters. They make you smile, make you cry, and make you hope.
Nothing that I can think of.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall, this book is still blowing my mind. The writing immediately connects you to the characters, and when any of them feel loss you feel loss. I love how the characters are basically walking around completely confused about their choices and their lives, because that is basically how everyone feels at some point. But, characters aside I am in love with this novel. the catastrophic world that Veronica Roth has envisioned is breathtaking and captivating. I am truly excited to see this book on the big screen and I can only hope that it will do her writing justice.
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Next in the Series:
Allegiant (#3) ETA: October 22nd 2013
Viewer Type Recommendation:
If you are a lover of a really good Young Adult Dystopian story than this is one for you.
If you liked this you'll probably love:
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines, Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris, You Are Mine by Janeal Falor, Dualed by Elsie Chapman, Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
Author Website/Blog: http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.ca