Saturday, March 9, 2013

Divergent by Veronica Roth: Book Review

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Goodreads Description: 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.

If you read my book review for One Moment, you know I've been picking up random books from the library. A week or two ago, I picked up Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent series. Well, like most serial readers, I can not stand reading a book that is in the middle of the series. I just cannot stand it. And I'm glad I got Divergent because it is now one of my favorite books.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves, now. 

The story takes place in a dystopian society, where people are divided into five different factions or groups. When you are in the faction, you must follow the rules set by the faction. Tris was born into the Abnegation faction, where you always must be selfless and think of others. At sixteen years of age, you can decide your own faction. Tris chooses the exact opposite faction of the one she was born into: Dauntless, where you must be fearless and daring. 

The book goes on to tell the story of the many problems that come with leaving the faction you're born into, especially one that is the exact opposite.  I was surprised to see all the problems the author managed to fit in the book. She managed to organize her ideas in a way where I wasn't overwhelmed by the constant action. 

And there is action. The book is 487 pages long, which is one of the main reason it took me three days to finish it (normally I'd be done it two.) It was so hard to put down. I don't think I watched TV at all over the course of the time I was reading this book. It definitely could capture even the laziest readers, without dumbing the quality of the book down. If you enjoyed Suzanne Collins' reads, you'll enjoy this one, and I hate to bring the Hunger Games into everything, but the fight for life is similar, yet each has its own originality, and are good books by themselves. 

The characters were developed very well. They all came from their own places and had their own faults, including the main characters, who had excellent backgrounds. Tris subtly develops into her own person and we can see how she learns to come to her identity and formulate ideas outside her faction. 

So should I kill or keep this book on my shelf? I choose to keep it, and also to give it a 5/5. It is an excellent book and I really want to see the books in the further series. If you like nonstop action, read this book. Comment below to share your feelings and id you want another review for the latter books. 

Buy Divergent here.

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