DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
Hardcover, 487 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
Placement in Pile:
Top of the Stack!
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.
I hate when I hear awesome and amazing things about a book, only to read it and find it lacking somehow. Usually in character development, the character's internal struggles, plot development, or consistency in world building. So when I picked up Divergent by Veronica Roth, I was, to say the very least, skeptical. But if you devoured The Hunger Games then you'll love Divergent. Call me bold, but for me Divergent hit the dystopic crave that The Hunger Games awakened in me. It was a maze of complex plot development with action, romance, and memorable characters. The emotional struggles in the book had me turning page after page, unable to stop reading. Frankly, I loved it! Should you go out and read this? YES!