Publication Date: May 23, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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Synopsis: 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. (SOURCE)
I'd heard people rave about Divergent for a long time and since the movie is now being cast, I bumped it up on my 'to be read' list. I was worried I would spend my entire reading experience comparing it to The Hunger Games. I'm happy that it was different enough that it didn't happen a lot.
Divergent is a beautifully written story with an interesting plot and characters. I was fascinated with the dystopian world Veronica Roth created. I was most excited to see what all the scuttle butt was about when it came to Four. I saw him name mentioned fairly often with a lot of "he's my fictional boyfriend" statements. After getting to know him, I can understand why that is.
Four is a spectacular character full of courage, intelligence, and fire. I love the way he slowly creeped up on me. It was hard getting to know Four because he's an extremely private person, but the little bits here and there made him all the more interesting to me. With the book being from Tris' point of view you don't really know what Four is thinking or what he's up to. When he finally opened up to her I could see why everyone was so swoony over him.
Tris is an entertaining character herself. She is a brave teenage girl, diving head first into a place much different than the home she grew up in with her family. Seeing everything from her perspective was fascinating to me. The training she goes through is grueling but it makes her into an amazingly strong young woman. As the story progresses and she and Four become close I couldn't help but ship them like crazy.
When the story hits a certain point I was shocked, maybe even convinced it might have been a dream sequence. It wasn't. My mind is still blown by what I read. Such a twist I wasn't expecting...not in the way it happened at least. Such a great book though!! I really did love it and can't wait to get back into the Divergent world again.