Series: Divergent #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books on May 3, 2011
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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.
“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”
“‘I might be in love with you.’ He smiles a little. ‘I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though.'”
Favorite Character: Tris. I loved seeing her grow into herself and find confidence in who she is.
“There is one mirror in my house.”
My Musings: I just want to start off saying that Divergent was everything that everyone said it would be. It was action packed, romance littered, and overall a really good story!
I had been waiting on this book from the library for three months. When I finally got it, I hunkered down and finished it in a few days! I proably could’ve finished it in one day if not for school–it was that good! I loved the plot and the concept of the world that the characters live in. It’s futuristic, which gives it an edge.
I loved the way that this novel way written. It was descriptive, and there was never a dull moment. I felt like I could relate to the characters: they were very realistic. I personally loved Tris’ character. I felt like I could put myself in her shoes; I know what it’s like to feel like you don’t belong, and working so hard for something. I enjoyed following Tris through her journey of doing what she wanted to do with her life; her determination was very admirable. I also loved Four’s character; he kind of reminded me of Jace from the Mortal Instruments; without the extreme cockiness of course! I loved Four and Tris’ relationship: I feel like they were two halves just waiting to be united into one; I loved how they were able to work through all their differences and curve balls that were thrown their way.
I can’t wait to read Insurgent (which my sister just bought!). I’m so anxious to see what becomes of all the characters, and to see what happens with Tris and Four! If you haven’t read this book, you really should. It was very enjoyable, and I even think that males would enjoy it! Overall, it was a great read!