Friday, June 10, 2011 | By: kaependragon


Divergent by Veronica Roth
Reviewer: keapendragon

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five fractions, 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 fraction 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. (Inside cover)
Before this novel was published, I had heard of a lot of hype centered on this book. I love a good dystopian book just like the next fan, but I’ll admit I was a little sceptical. I was afraid this book would turn into another generic novel. I am glad to say this was not the case.

From the very first page to the last I became completely and entirely consumed with the characters, the romance, the danger and the overall plot line. I, in all honesty couldn’t put it down and read it within 48 hours. Veronica was able to create a believable setting for her novel and her writing style is flawless. At some intervals in the story I could feel the frustration, fear or at times the anger that different characters were feeling—an amazing feat for a new author.

Tris was a symbol of strength and courage through the story and her determination to survive and fight for herself is admirable. Roth has created such an inspirational character that I have no doubt will carry this series and the lesson’s intertwined within the pages to being one of the most popular books of the summer—if it hasn’t already. There are also some clever plot twists that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

I hate it when I get around to writing a review for a good book and I have a hard time expressing my feelings for it. Divergent is one of those books. I can't explain how much I enjoyed reading and low I've come to love this book. It is difficult for me to explain in simple words. Tris and her world have become something that I look forward to reading more about! I would recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for something different to their normal genera and also for someone who loves a good adventure and action packed novel.

5/5 fears.


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