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Overview 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, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Reviews When people started calling this book the new follow up to the Hunger Games, I became weary. Especially with all the Hype around the blogosphere. As an Avid Reader, half of me gets really excited when people rave about a book and the other half of me freaks out. Because with Hype, you never know if its going to be a book you love or a book you hate. There are times when I read a book and think 'Wow, people are right. This book is FUMAZING!' while others just disappoint me to the point of sadness or anger. But I decided to take a risk by reading this book, and thank god I did.
Divergent tells the story of Beatrice "Tris" Prior and her journey into choosing the faction she will live with for the rest of her life. I have to say, that Veronica Roth's originality is skyrocketing. For a debut author, she has done a fabulous job with her writing. The idea that there are five factions that determine where you live is just genius. There's Dauntless for bravery, Amity for peace, Erudite for knowledge, Abnegation for selflessness, and Candor for honesty.
If it were my choice, I would live in Dauntless. Yes its dangerous, its frightening, its insane. But I feel like I can really relate to Tris because she's so realistic. I mean, I would have chosen Dauntless too. I might have originally would have started as an Erudite but I'd like to face my fears. I absolutely love Four too. Deep in my heart, I loved him despite his faults and I was SO surprised when I found out who he really was. Seriously, those two are absolutely amazing.
The only problem I had with this book was the ending. Seriously, it wasn't just the cliffhanger ending, I just felt it was a little blah. Like, instead of giving us something amazing, we were only given a little piece of the idea and that made me sad because now we have to wait another YEAR for the sequel.
Overall, I loved this book! The plot was heart pounding, the characters were amazing, and I'm absolutely dying for the sequel. Veronica Roth has really started something spectacular and I am anxious to get my hands on the next book. Said to rival the much devoured Hunger Games series, Divergent is in fantastic company. And while it's not quite there yet, I say give it time. Does it live up to the hype? Hell yeah! Is it well on it's way? Dame straight!
This book is made of pure awesomesauce! It's action punched, gripping, intense, edgy, captivating and has a very sweet and surprising romance. It's about control and choices, betrayal and love. It's everything I look for an escape and if anything convinces me that these kind of books are my exact ideal. I crave the rush and the heart pounding energy. Something that realistic-dystopian can't give me.
Love, love love these characters! Tris is incredible and I love that you actually get to witness that flip being switched where we see her go from doubting and scared to angry and kick-ass. She's amazing! Then there is Four, whom I completely adore! Not only is he strong and powerful but it's the way he controls that power that thrills me. The way he keeps Tris at arms length but at the same time just wants to pull her closer. All of there moments are absolutely delicious and I want more!! Some of the secondary characters were very easy to despise. Asshat Eric being the main one and Peter being his asshat double is another. So bravo to Veronica Roth for writing them so viciously. I hated their guts, so job well done! I don't want to say anything to much about the other characters, but I really did like Christina and am worried about what she'll do in the next book. I don't know how the rest of the series will play out now, but I will say that I hope Eric and Peter get the boot. Just saying.
Bottom line, I LOVED this book! An instant favorite and goes right next to my Huger Games and Maze Runner books! I fear I'm addicted to high speed survival-dystopian and can't wait to see what Roth as in store for us in the next book! Divergent is freaken brilliant and a remarkable debut!!
Bring on the sequel!!! What a great feeling - to finish a book and to embrace the hype! Divergent certainly deserves all the praise it can get.
Although the dystopian theme is a bit overused at the moment, the excellent titles that stand out make it worthwhile. Divergent is multi-layered, action packed and fast paced, making it difficult to put down until you've digested the whole story. It follows Tris, a girl born into the Abnergation faction which focuses on self-lessness and not standing out. The world is segregated into several factions according to their philosophies of living, and the majority of the book follows Tris as she is being initiated into the Dauntless (fearless) faction.
I absolutely loved the character building in this, along with the faction-based living. It just brings about so many insights when it comes to human psychology, like how you can't really fit someone into a box as hard as you try, and how conflicting parts of you can affect your decisions and your behaviour according to your stimulants. The initiation trials and simulations are basically experiments to see whether you perform as expected and if you don't - then you're an outlier. I'm not an expert on psychology or anything - I just have a keen interest in it and Divergent just places a name on the different personality types which makes it all the more fascinating.
While other people may criticise the lack of world-building in this, I found the character building and the references to the different factions enough for that. I'd rather read about the trials, the people within the world, the initiation, and the action than have a historical account on how the world came about and what happened to segregate them into factions. In fact, that is one of the things that draws you into the book - the full-blown action places you right within the world with Tris.
The writing also magnificently conveyed the story well too. It was curt, no overuse of adjectives, and straight to the point. Without all that flowery prose, it's evident that Veronica Roth is a skilled writer, even though this was her first novel. It's refreshing to see a story get straight to the point and still hold you at that level without making you lose interest.
I don't think anyone should compare this to the Hunger Games, just because they are both dystopian. It's evident that they are both quite different and I'm not going down that pathway - of placing things into a box.
I do however have a criticism about the last few chapters - they happened at such a quick pace that it was difficult to grasp what was happening at the rapid speed certain characters were dying. Neither does Tris however, but I suppose that will be dealt with in Insurgent.
All in all, an utterly fantastic read that I couldn't rave enough about. Deserves to be picked up and read straight away - so get onto it if you haven't already! Oh, every time I tried to write a proper review for this book (and you have the proof right in front of you, because I gave up trying) it had something to do with 'The Hunger Games' - I blame it to the upcoming movie that it's making me think a lot these days about that series. And yes, I know, I feel so, so bad about it - because even though these books are somehow similar, they are also different in so many ways.. And I loved them both (this too in a different way).
For example I liked the love story much better in 'Divergent' - because it felt real, and sweet, and it was a good addition to the amazing action that kept me reading without stopping. "Then I realize what it is. It's him. Something about him makes me feel like I am about to fall. Or turn to liquid. Or burst into flames."
Also I liked the settling of this new dystopian world - the division into fractions (based on the people's characters) is such an interesting concept and I loved to find out more about it. It was great to see how Tris became more aware of the fact that she didn't belong to just one fraction, and I understand the decisions she made - it was
hard for her to follow her heart, but at the end she did it, even though it came with a price (oh, how it broke my heart), but this is the beauty of the story.
Divergent is also a story full of action and I enjoyed every single page of it, with all the twists and the surprises, it really was an amazing ride, and Four made it all even more enjoyable. I can't wait to find out more about him, and what happens next with them, and the world they are living in. Also the new friends Tris made were really nice (most of the time) even though I didn't get to care for them as much as I wanted.
To be honest, I am a bit angry at myself for not writing down the review right after reading the book, because I can't find a way to make it justice. Divergent was such a great book, better than it seems from this review, and I hope that many other people will enjoy it as much as I remember enjoying it myself. Also I hope that my 5 stars rating it's an enough proof for its awesomeness.
Maybe someday I will rewrite this, but until then "happy reading!"
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