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. Synopsis provided by Goodreads.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
I picked up Divergent because there were so many people reading it and many reviews and hype about it. Almost all of these reviews I have managed to stumble upon were giving this book 5/5 stars. I have to admit that the rating was rightfully given. Divergent was a wonderful read, and kept me wanting to turn the page no matter what the time was.
I absolutely loved the characters in this book. Tris was beyond what I was expecting. Tris showed bravery, courage, and yet she had that little bit of weakness that every human being has. Not everyone is flawless. I was impressed and glad that Tris was not portrayed as the whinny, smart mouthed, annoying little girl that most books tend to incorporate in their main heroine. The other character I was quite curious about was Four. During the beginning of the book, Four was mysterious and he did not say much. This made me even more curious about him. As the book progressed I could see some of his secrets slip away, and his romance with Tris was totally cute. There were times I thought he was being a jerk, but he had good reasons behind that.
This book resembles The Hunger Games trilogy, but it certainly has it's own unique elements that are different to THG. Veronica Roth is definitely a talented author and knows how to depict scenes in a very realistic manner. I am very excited to read the next instalment of Divergent. If you don't know this, Veronica Roth will be announcing the title of the second book today, so go check out her blog listed on her twitter.