Divergent by Veronica Roth
Released Date: May 3rd 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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Blurb: 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, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
My thoughts: As you all know, dystopian books always start of the same and one tends to assume that it’s going to be somewhat like the Hunger Games. But not for this book, by chapter 10, i realized that Roth tweaked the plot to such an unexpected turn of events. I really really enjoyed this book and it was a total roller coaster ride for me. The plot reaches an exciting event and then rest for a while. However, before i even had time to get adjusted to the pace of the story, another event appeared. It was the first time experiencing this way of writing which is very refreshing for me. There wasn’t much character development for Tris and based on how Roth described her charcater, i didn’t expect her to fall in love with Four. And based on Roth’s description of Four, i expected him to be more professional and make sure that his relationship with the initiates remains status quo. I loved all the characters regardless whether they are good or bad because i kind of have a connection with them which makes me understand their point of views. The first book has blown me away and i hope that the second book does not disappoint me like how the Matched Trilogy did. I would really recommend this book to those who are seeking for dystopian books that are 90% not like the Hunger Games. And i’ll see you guys in my next book review!
My Rating: 4.5 stars