by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on February 28, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and 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 threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
All rolled into one.
So I started this book on a Tuesday. In between work and other stuff I had only reached about page 80 by Thursday. So I decided to sit down and actually read Thursday night. So, starting at 8PM I read. I stopped when I finished the rest of the book at 12:30AM. This book was AMAZING! I could not get enough of everything this book had to offer. I loved learning about the factions, trying to figure out what the heck was really going on, cheering on love connections, crying, laughing, rejoicing. Seriously, I loved every second of this book.
As far as characters go, I love Beatrice “Tris”. I love her strength and her overall selflessness. Choosing what she did was terribly difficult and it took a lot of courage, which I admire. I didn’t find her whiny at all, like a lot of female characters in YA books these days, which was refreshing. Heads up authors, not all teenage girls are whiny, love obsessed pansies. We can be strong, thank you very much. We don’t need a guy to make up happy.
But in this care, I wouldn’t pass up “Four” aka Tobias (seriously who the hell saw that coming? not me!) I want him. For serious. He is incredible. And, really, how blind is Tris? She realized Al liked her but not Four? Come on it was SO obvious! Anyway, he is all man with that sensitive side! So perfect!!
I didn’t get really attached to Tris’ friends. I was said when Al died, but not enough to cry about it, not like I have for other characters. But I still found them endearing. I was more upset when Tris’ parents died.
Though, I have to say, everything Al purposely lost a fight, all I could think of was:
And every time Tris was oblivious to Four’s flirtaciousness (yes I just made up a word deal with it):
How can you be so blind? He was basically shouting at you:
Though, when I found out who Four was…well..
That pretty much sums it up…
READ. THIS. BOOK.