Sunday, June 5, 2011
Divergent by Veronica Roth
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Woo what a ride! I nearly forgot how it felt to be obsessed with a book so much that I would carry it around with me literally everywhere I went. I love dystopians books more than anything, so this book was spot on for me. There was exciting adventure, a strong heroine, a sexy love interest, and an original dystopian plot. The main character Tris falls for Four about halfway-ish through the book and I couldn't stop yelling at her in my head, "KISS HIM ALREADY YOU FOOL!" Haha! I really liked the whole faction idea, and having to choose which one you wanted be in FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. And then, it wasn't even guarenteed you got in! You could be left "factionless!" Yikes! And OMG I was seriously so shocked at one of the deaths I didn't know what to do! I kept expecting the character to pop up later on in the books and be like "Haha! You thought a bullet could kill ME?!" But sadly, no. Anyway, I absolutely loved loved loved this book! I can't wait for book numero 2!!!!!!