Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: 25th April 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Paperback copy from the library
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.
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 read this book around the beginning of this year and since I just finished the second book, I thought I'd better write up a review!
I was really excited to read this book, after hearing all the hype surrounding it, and while I really enjoyed it I think the super-high hype kind of let me down on enjoying it more.
I loved the idea of the five different factions. Each faction represented a different virtue that is necessary in society: Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (peace), and Erudite (intelligence). Each faction completely encompasses their virtue holding it above everything else and while the virtues are all good for society, with such a strict adherence to them society gets a little messed up!
When you turn 16 you go through a test to determine which faction you belong in and while most people only get a result for one faction, there are some people called the Divergent, who get results for more than one faction.
The main character, Tris, is divergent and makes the big change from a faction that prides themselves (or doesn't pride themselves) on selflessness to a faction where bravery and recklessness are held above all. Tris is a well-rounded character with all the fears and insecurities you'd expect of someone in her situation. She's also smart and brave and when Four came into the picture.. well let's just say it's good. ;)
The other characters were brilliant too and I just loved how evil some of the younger people could be! This book was really good though it didn't really stand out for me as a dystopian great, more of a dystopian good. Though I was quite excited for the next book in the series!