Review - Divergent

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent
Book: #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: February 28th 2012

My Rating:

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

My Thoughts

After hearing about this book for so long and how great it was and that it was coming out as a movie this month, I decided to go for it and buy it. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

I believe I have never read such a dystopian kind of book. Divergent brings a whole new concept, in my opinion, and it can pull you into its world in a heartbeat.

Right from the start we are presented with Beatrice (later on known as Tris) and her struggle to come to terms with the upcoming test that will define the rest of her life. Since the whole book is narrated by this character it was incredibly easy to experience her feelings as your own, and I absolutely loved this about 'Divergent'.
Once she gets into 'Dauntless' things start getting way more interesting. She gets beat up, she falls in love, she becomes a fighter and she becomes acquainted with the loss of a loved one.
Through out the book, and mostly due to these situations, Tris grows from an oppressed girl to a free, brave young woman who will not stop at nothing to save the ones she loves and defend her beliefs.

One thing that I did not particular liked or agreed with was how fast she fell in love with Four, yes I do understand this happens in the majority of books and that maybe because it is a book, it seems to happen faster than if it was real, but it still annoys me a little. I cannot help it.
This being said, I ship 'em really hard.

My edition of this book, came with a few extras like 'Author Q&A', 'Discussion Guide', 'Faction Manifestos', 'Quiz Questions', etc. I found this extras extremely helpful to the book itself, since for instance, the interview with Veronica Roth, allows the readers to understand how she came up with the concept for the book and how facing your fears through exposure therapy became such a part of 'Divergent'.

Also, I took the faction quiz and if I was ever in the 'Divergent' world I would be from...Erudite.

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