Series: Divergent, 1
Author: Veronica Roth
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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.
My Thoughts on the Book
Another dystopian novel? Yes. However, you are not reading a retelling of Hunger Games. Instead Divergent is about a society that has split into essentially five different factions all of whom focus on different aspects of a person; honesty, selflessness, intelligence, bravery and peacefulness. But what really happens when you separate these traits from one another.
One aspect of the book I like is that despite the addition of a love story the true story is about right and wrong. What Tris, as the central character, views as the right thing to do and the wrong thing to do while her life progresses.
As a teen reaches a certain age they take a test which tells them which faction they really belong to; however, they have the ability to stay with their faction or choose another. Tris makes her decision and is trust immediately into initiation and all the changes her life is going to take with her decision. Friends, family and love all come into focus and the story progresses and dangerous secrets are revealed.
While I would say the writing isn't highly sophisticated; the story is fantastic. And with the easiness of the read it is good for young adults, pre-teen and adults (as I am). I for one quickly became engrossed in the story and and Tris's life.
The supporting character are quickly developed int Tris's life giving her attachments and relationships that feel personal to the reader. Tris herself has a quick mind and an interesting view of the world around her and while at times you feel frustrated by Tris's view of things, in the end you feel her struggle and her triumphs.
Fantastic read. I'm already halfway through Insurgent.
PS: I like the previous cover with the Dauntless symbol better.