Saturday, May 28, 2011

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 487 pages

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1st edition (May 3rd 2011)
Language: English
Source: Purchased from Fully Booked
First Sentence: "There is one mirror in my house."
Favorite Line from the Book"'I might be in love with you.' He smiles a little. 'I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though.'
Book Summary:  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.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
There are two kind of books - the one which doesn't live up to the hype and the one which can and did.  Divergent definitely lived up to my expectations AND to its hype.

This is a fast read for me and it has 487 pages!  This book is just so engaging and action packed that reading it will just take a breeze.  With every turn of the page, I felt that I was being sucked into the world of future Chicago.

Divergent is set in a undetermined future in Chicago wherein people are divided into factions: Candor (honest), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (daring), Erudite (knowledgeable), and Amity (peaceful). At the age of sixteen, teenagers are given the chance of choosing which factions they will go to. Take note though that ones you choose your faction you want to be with, you will make that faction your life, your family, your identity: "Faction before blood." Different factions have different ways on how they conduct their rigorous trainings to the initiates. Not everyone passes and those who didn't make the cut will be fanctionless.

What I love best in Veronica Roth's writing is that even though the setting is futuristic, the characters are still real.  You can get to connect with each of them.  Even the relationships with each characters are not forced nor stiff.  All their reactions to the situations presented to them in the novel are so genuine that you wouldn't think that you are with them living in a futuristic world.  I love how Veronica Roth developed Tris.  I like her.  I love her attitude and even her flaws.  The author was able to build her, slowly at first, but as the story progresses, Tris as a character, grows too.  Four on the other hand, I totally adore.  He is such a tough guy on the outside, but has lots of beliefs and feelings which he wouldn't let anyone see.  I love the mysteriousness which was mixed in his character. 

All in all, the story is well developed.  The twists are shocking and the climax was totally awesome.  The ending to this book has just the right amount of perfection to make us want the second book.

Here's the book trailer:


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