Divergent by Veronica Roth (Review)

13335037Synopsis: 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.

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance, Adventure 

Cover: I like the cover. Nothing too crazy and not too bland. It is definitely eye catching and vibrant which always draws attention. I love the eerie misty look over the city giving off an obvious dystopian feel to the book. The title Divergent itself just screams revolution, uprising, and danger. It’s a cover that corresponds with the story held within it’s pages.

My thoughts: Divergent is a compelling dystopian novel that hits you with action when you least expect it. The book  starts with Beatrice in a futuristic Chicago where all of its citizens are divided into five different factions that focus on one characteristic each: Candor (the honest), Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), and Amity (the peaceful). Beatrice is in the Abnegation faction, and through narration, the reader can understand that she does not belong there. She has a problem; she does not know which faction she belongs in. On the day she takes her aptitude test, that is supposed to tell her where she belongs in society, her test results makes things much more complicated for her. After Beatrice makes her decision on which faction she decides to be in, she is whisked into a long journey of finding out who she can trust, who is the enemy, who she truly is, and what she is meant to do.

After hearing from multiple friends on how good this book was, I just had to read it. I was planning on reading it regardless, but the fandoms on tumblr and all over the internet just got me so excited, so I immediately bought it and read it.

I absolutely loved the plot of this book. It’s very intricate and thought out. Dystopian novels are always fascinating to me because the author literally had to make up their own world. Everything has to be explained so the reader may understand the world too. Divergent was descriptive with its society and it was not dull or boring, but rather exciting and interesting. It brings so many questions to mind: What happened? How did they get here? and so on. Veronica Roth made a flawless problematic society in Chicago for me to imagine in my mind. She made it easy for the reader to immerse into the book, which is what I appreciate.

On the day of the aptitude test, Tris discovers she’s Divergent after her test results are inconclusive. Along the way in the novel, she discovers that Divergents like her are preyed upon by the corrupt influential individuals in her society. Seen as a troublemaker and a fault in the system, she must watch her back and make sure she keeps her identity a secret. She cannot divert any attention to herself which may be harder than she ever thought.

After Beatrice chooses Dauntless as her new home, despite her unreliable aptitude test results, and renames herself Tris, she takes on a new way of life totally opposite from her home faction Abnegation. I love how her character develops from the beginning to the end of the book. She becomes more liberated, tough, and an all over badass. It is so great to see her slowly change from one thing to another, although she does keep some of her old morals and makes that clear among her new friends in her new faction. Her friends were interesting and not boring or annoying. They were a very nice touch to the book.

Four, another main character, is the instructor of the transfer initiates in the Dauntless group. He comes off as tough, detached, and at times annoying. He is also sexy, endearing, and mysterious. All of these things together makes him a pretty steamy and interesting character. He takes the place of Tris’ love interest in the book and helps her push her limits in the training room and later on, behind closed doors. He also has his own mysterious past that Tris strives to find out about. 

Four and Tris make the perfect team when events start to unfold in the plot. They are not blind to the corruption held in their “perfect” world and make a commitment to make sure that the balance is restored. This book is only the beginning to the long battle ahead of these two characters and for the rest of the citizens of Veronica Roth’s world. It’s funny, exhilarating, stimulating, and adventurous. Divergent will get you so riled up it will make you want to get up and experience the same exhilaration and adrenaline our heroine feels throughout the novel. Anyone feel like jumping off a moving train?

Rating: ★★★★☆

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