by Veronica Roth
Released: May 3, 2011
HarperCollins Children's Books
Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.
My Rating: 5 Stars
I'm not going to lie, the cover of this book totally drew me to it and I had been hearing great buzz about it before it came out. I actually read this book back in May and can't believe I forgot to write the review. I DEVOURED this book in one weekend, I couldn't put it down. I had to know what happened next and just getting to the end of a chapter wasn't good enough!
For me, Divergent was the perfect mix of action, intrigue, love and heartache. I found the setting for this dystopian novel very intriguing and even imagined what faction I would belong to if I lived in this world. Watching Beatrice grow into "Tris" as she adjusts to her decision to leave the faction where her family is was inspiring. Beatrice knew that if she chose to leave the faction where her family is, she would risk not seeing them again. Little did she know, there was a family history that made her choice an expected one. I'll admit that when she took the first Dauntless test, I felt her adrenaline rush as if I had been the one to jump. Tris went through a lot to make Dauntless, but not without the held of Four. Four seems like a jerk, but he has his reasons and eventually lets down his walls to Tris.
Tris has to endure not only training, but attempts on her life by others who are new to Dauntless. My heart broke for what her "friend" did to her and then it broke again with the final decision he chose as a result. Being a dystopian novel, there has to be a rebellion. Like real life, not everything turns out as you may want it to, though there is some resolve and even more shocking were the secrets that come out. This is the first series book that I've read that had somewhat of an ending. What I mean by that is that if this had been a stand alone book I would have wanted more, but would have been okay with the ending. And what an ending!! Talk about a ticking time bomb...I can't wait for INSURGENT to see how long before that time bomb explodes!
I would highly recommend DIVERGENT to anyone (boy or girl).
You can find Veronica Roth online:
The Divergent Trilogy
Check out the trailer:
Of course since I was so late with my review, here is the cover for book 2, INSURGENT