DIVERGENT By Veronica Roth [Review]
One of the new dystopian YA novels that had been getting a lot of buzz was DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth. And so of course, I jumped on the chance to get my hands on the book and discover what all the fuss was about.
Well, let me tell you, the buzz was right. Divergent is a fantastic book, it brought a similar feeling that I had when I was reading The Hunger Games, and you know how much I loved that one. While I wasn’t as obsessive with Divergent as I was with The Hunger Games (I literally would walk around, my Kindle in hand reading it), I definitely had a hard time putting it down.
Divergent is the first book in a series, which takes place in a dystopian society 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). Every year, on an appointed, all the sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives which represents the faction they will be the closest to and not necessarily the faction they were born in.
That’s when we meet Beatrice, a 16 year-old girl who has to decide between staying with her family in Abnegation or pick a faction that is closer to who she really is. The choice she makes will of course surprise more than one, but I’ll let you discover where she ends up.
Following her choice, Beatrice has to go through an initiation period during which she will face plenty of challenges and make some new friends. Oh and of course there’s a bit of romance.
But that’s just the beginning for Beatrice, who early in the story renames herself, Tris. She also has a secret, a dangerous secret that could not only mean death, but that also impacts society in a way no one expected.
I think the biggest reason Divergent really resonated with me is because of its main character, Tris. A lot of the time I find female protagonists in YA novels really weak. But not here, oh no. In fact I think Tris is one of the strongest characters that I have read in a while, I would even go as far as saying she’s as badass as Hunger Games’ Katniss, if not more. Don’t get me wrong, she’s still a 16 year-old girl, but man she’s one tough 16 year-old.
And I have to also talk about the love interest, whom I won’t name because it’s going to be more fun if you don’t know much about him. But I will tell you this. He is another really strong character, and probably one of my favorite male characters in the YA books I have read. There is just something about the way Veronica Roth describes him and writes his scenes, it’s hard not to fall in love with him.
As for the story, I just loved every second of it. If you are a lover of dystopian books, you must pick up Divergent and read it… now. It is not only a great start to the series, but is just a great book in itself. And in case you’re worried, while this is of course not the end to the story, Divergent has a satisfactory ending. I cannot wait to get my hands on books 2 “Insurgent” which will be released in 2012.
Finally, I want to end with sort of a question. One of my favorite parts of Divergent was that you of course had to ask yourself which faction you would have picked. I personally would have picked Erudite, which is the “intelligent” faction, the one that studies and reads a lot. But I am curious as to which faction you would have picked?
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | Pages: 487 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon
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