Review of Divergent by Veronica Roth
From Veronica Roth‘s Website:
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.
I’ve been hearing about Divergent for awhile now and was on the super long waiting list at my library waiting for a copy for a good long time, so needless to say I was ready to dive in when I finally got my hands on the book. Dive in is a really good description. You get sucked in pretty early in the book, but once the Choosing Ceremony happens, the rest of the book is like a high paced action movie that you can’t look away from.
Tris is an awesome character. While there are times she can seem somewhat whiney, the reasoning behind it makes sense. She is just completely bad-ass. Tris is also imperfect, and those imperfections make her who she is and extremely relatable. If I was still in high-school, she would be a person I would want to be friends with.
There is a romantic aspect to this book, but it didn’t bother me at all. First, Four, the romantic interest in the book, is awesome. Second, it wasn’t a fall in love at first sight, or even third sight. The romance in this book is real romance, a lot of unknowns and confusion. It also is very sweet and not a giant whirlwind that you normally find in most YA nowadays. The romance thread between Tris and Four reminded me a lot of the romance between Rose and Dimitri in the first half of the Vampire Academy series.
Do yourself a favor and read this book. The first thing I did when I finished was to check my library for a copy of Insurgent (the second book in the series), which they unfortunately aren’t carrying. I broke down and bought a copy just cause I couldn’t wait.
This story stays with you, the characters stay with you, and the world stays with you. It is definitely shaping up to be an amazing series.