Thursday, January 10, 2013

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Author: Veronica Roth
Publication: Katherine Tegen Books; 1st edition (May 3, 2011)

Description: 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.

My Thoughts: I know that I am very late to the party but I finally chose Divergent from my TBR mountain. Having finished it now, I can't believe that I waited so long to read it. The story was truly one I couldn't put down. I was immediately engaged by the well-drawn character of Beatrice as she agonizes over which faction she will join when she turns sixteen. Her path isn't clear and is really dangerous since she was not a member of one of the five factions but something else—Divergent.

She chooses to leave her faction of Abnegation (selflessness) and join Dauntless (courage). She soon learns that joining won't be easy especially when hiding her differences. Somehow courage has been corrupted into cruelty and she has a struggle to survive. She is small and untrained and without allies among her fellow initiates. But she finds friends and she has the support of her trainer Four to help her survive the actions of some of her bullying fellow initiates. 

While she didn't know who Four was before he became a member of Dauntless, clues given earlier in the story had me convinced, correctly, that I knew who he was. I enjoyed watching them begin a romance that wasn't the least bit sweet and was one more secret that they had to keep. 

The descriptions of the training and the trials and the activities of the Dauntless were fascinating. I decided right away that wouldn't be the faction for me. Jumping off seven story buildings and jumping aboard moving trains will never be on my To Do list!

Tris rather quickly sees the corruption that is invading Dauntless and then learns that they are part of a conspiracy with Erudite to seize control of the government from her old faction Abnegation. She finds unexpected allies when she has to fight to stop this very bloody revolution from succeeding. One especially creepy character in the story was the head of the Erudite faction who was the main villain. Tris sees her as more machine than maniac. She sees a problem and finds a way to solve it not counting the lives lost as having any importance.

This was an excellent story filled with excitement, adventure, and love. I can't wait to read INSURGENT which just happens to be waiting on my Kindle.

Favorite Quote:
Winning capture the flag is a matter of pride and pride is important to the Dauntless. More important than reason or sense.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. Now I feel like the last kid to arrive... still have to get to it... but at least I know it's worth it.


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