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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth

  • Pub. Date: May 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Format: Hardcover , 496pp
  • Sales Rank: 136
  • Age Range: Young Adult
Where I got my copy? B&N

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.

Last week I read a back to back dystopian novel, the first one was Enclave which I just reviewed, and right after that I immediately read this one, like Enclave this came highly recommended.

When I was reading the first three chapters it gave me an impression that I am reading a Utopian novel, but that is because I was only reading the part of Abnegation. I have to admit, I was bored, but then it picked up like I was hoping it would.

I love the words Roth used for her factions. It was impressive how she chose those words and weave it into a kingdom . Her main female character Beatrice was also impressive. I read this naive, confused and sometimes insecure skinny girl, grow into a heroine that I am expecting to follow. She passed each test with commendable attitude. She showed her enemy that she is not as fragile as they think. She is basically the description of bravery. The scenes were intense. Eric, the leader of Dauntless scares me. I think Four could be more impressive, he needs more character to match Tris'.

Their love story... honestly just something to made this book more interesting but I could do without it. It was the typical and predictable.The power hungry Erudite leader played the perfect villain for this world. She is smart and cruel. Someone that every fan hates. I hope she is as foul as President Snow. I am excited to read more about her. The plot in this story was very good, it was well planned. Roth made a really good debut on this book. I hope to read more of her work, especially the next book of this series.


titania86 said...

This doesn't sound as good as Enclave, but I will still probably read it to judge it against other teen dystopias. Thanks for the honest review!

Jennifer said...

I have been reading as much dystopia lately as i can. Just love it.

I recently got both Divergent and Enclave. Can't wait to read them both!

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