Cover Rating: 4/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars
Synopsis: 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. During the highly competitive initiation that follows Beatrice 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 threatens to unravel her seemingly-perfect society, she also learns that her secret might be what helps her save those she loves . . . or it might be what destroys her.
Wow wow wow! I am now wondering why I didn't read this sooner. Why is it when a hype surrounds a book people are put off reading it? Well this one most definitely didn't disappoint! Divergent managed to live up to it's hype and more. I've heard people comparing it to The Hunger Games and strangely enough I agree. It was about the same par as the Hunger Games and I'm a devoted HG fan so it means a lot coming from me. Divergent's story is one of the most interesting dystopia's I've read. There are five factions; Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite. At the age of sixteen everyone has to choose their factions. Personally I would pick Dauntless because I think bravery is one of the most important traits but I doubt I'd last long there. Divergent is set in the future as are most dystopia's but I think this look on the future was especially scary. I mean imagine the government having the technology to sift through your inner most thoughts. I shudder at the thought. I loved the idea of the initiation's though, I can't go into much detail without spoilers but lets say there's a lot at stake.
Veronica Roth has managed the impossible. She thought up a female character whom I really like. I know your as shocked as I am. I really did love Tris though. I hated her name but still. Tris was brave but not one of those characters who are indestructible. Tris is very fragile but she fights hard. She's also not one of those annoying characters who constantly go on about being ugly then meet a guy and suddenly they're the most beautiful girl in the world. No Tris says she's not ugly but not pretty. Finally a normal human being! I love love loved Four (Yes like the number). He was brave and strong but at the same time his fears rule him. Throughout the book we see he's not as hard as he comes across at first. He's just perfectly imperfect - it makes sense if you think about it. The minor characters were alright, I admired some of their loyalty's but they didn't have a huge affect on me.
Veronica Roth's debut novel was as stunning as all the crazy fan girls said it was. She has mastered the art of making her heroine brave without being annoying and if that doesn't make you want to read it I don't know what will! If you loved the Hunger Games you will love this, If you didn't love it then you should still read it even if it's just to rant about it. I could barely find a single thing wrong with this book except a characters name changes halfway through (they drop the nickname) and I hate it when that happens. If you haven't yet read this book I advice you do it now! The Divergent craze has swept the world and you don't want to be left behind! I gave this book a well deserved 5/5 stars but I think even that's too low. I have a new favorite author and Insurgent is sure to be on my bookshelf as soon as possible.
My Favorite Quote/s:
“Peter would probably throw a party if I stopped breathing.'
'Well,' he says, 'I would only go if there was cake.”
-------“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”
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