Release Date: May 3rd, 2011.
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.Divergent may be one of the best books I’ve ever read. In my entire life. And no, I’m not over exaggerating. With its unique concept, gritty world and engaging story, reading this book was definitely an experience.
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.
Separating people into societies based on the type of person you are seems so unimaginable and implausible, even for a novel, but Veronica Roth pulls it off flawlessly. The distinguishing differences between some of the factions are so extreme that switching is described as betrayal, so when quiet Beatrice chooses the dangerous Dauntless for her new faction, the intensity of the story begins and doesn’t stop for one paragraph.
I wish I could write a more thoughtful review about the story and the characters and everything, but in all honesty, this is a book that I can’t pick apart and dissect. I thought it was brilliant; everything about it was brilliant - the writing, the characters (Four = amazing) the training, the action, the romance, the creative and genius way Veronica uses fear - it all came together and I literally clapped when I finished it.
Overall, if you haven’t picked up on the gushing yet, I am in love with this novel. It’s on my list of top 5 favorites of all time, even trumping The Hunger Games. It’s thrilling, creative, intense, gruesome, terrifying and so much more. I strongly recommend you pick this one up ASAP! A million stars to Divergent!
Other reviews for Divergent:
Good Books And Good Wine.
Chick Loves Lit.
The Compulsive Reader.