Series: Divergent #1
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books on April 25, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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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.
Divergent is the definition of a classic dystopian novel, but with Roth’s own creative genius woven into it. Roth creates this world unlike any other where she knows the reader will enjoy watching it all fall apart in a way only she can tell it.
Roth shines through in creating each faction and developing them into five ways of life that isn’t too unbelievable. There were some twists and surprises throughout the book that threw me for a loop, and I loved every minute of it. As you join Tris in her training as a Dauntless you see just how ruthless these people are, but you also see how strong Tris is and how her character grows and develops over time. I admit, there wasn’t as much as action as I would have thought there would be, which was a disappointment, but the plot was fantastic and the any action that did take place was great.
I enjoyed the relationship between Tris and Four, it wasn’t hard to figure out how they were connected and how their relationship would evolve, but Roth delivered just enough romance without taking away from the premise of the story as a whole. Although I’m never against more romantic or steamy scenes, Roth balanced it well enough to keep readers happy and rooting for them.
There weren’t really any moments that had me at the edge of my seat, but there were moments that shocked me and others that made me eagerly flipping the pages. Divergent has got a little bit everything going on and would be an excellent read for any Young Adult fan. A fantastic read and I can’t wait for the next one!