Publication date: February 28th 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Number of pages: 487
Series: Divergent (1#)
Source: From the publisher for review via Netgalley. This is my honest opinion.
Date finished: 12th October 2013
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.
If I was in a book, I’d want it to be Divergent.
And I’d want to be Tris.
But who wouldn’t want to be Tris though? Okay, apart from the obvious reasons (I admit, I would NOT want to go through the majority of challenges she does) but she is brave, smart and selfless. I mean, there is a reason why she is one of the poster girls for a Goodreads group I moderate (YA Heroines).
Tris can’t take all the credit though. Four is pretty spectacular. He is kind of like a guy Tris to me in the way that he is brave/smart/selfless but he still has his own character. And the honourable mention goes to Christina. What kind of reviewer would I be if I didn’t mention her, hmmm? She’d make a great best friend. Courageous, loyal, fun and a great personality.
This is actually my second time reading Divergent. For some reason, I liked it better. Pretty please don’t ask me why because I haven’t the foggiest. I really liked the it the first time around but this time I LOVED it,
There was never a dull moment, the Kindle pages just kept clicking and I flew through it. I remember that the first read took me around two or three days. The second read didn’t even take me half a day. Let’s just say boy am I glad I got Insurgent for review as well. In other words, Insurgent (the sequel) was very high on my to be read pile after finishing this.
Veronica Roth did a fantastic job describing the world. She did it so well that I could probably explain every little detail about each of the five factions: Abnegation, Erudite, Amity, Dauntless and Candor. I had actually recalled pretty much everything about the factions from the first reading, even though I read it quite a while ago.
I’m so glad I loved Divergent as much as I did because I had Insurgent, the release of Allegiant (the third book) and the movie to look forward to. Rereading definitely reminded me of how good Divergent is.
Please don’t be put off reading by all the hype. Especially not if you are one of those people who didn’t read The Hunger Games (bet you’ve heard The Hunger Games and Divergent compared before) and/or Harry Potter because of the hype and then read it to find that you loved them too. If you’re one of those people then I strongly recommend you still give it ago. I can’t even think of a bad review I’ve come across. That says something.
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Goodreads author bio:
Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)
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