Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Review: Divergent [Divergent #1] by Veronica Roth


Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
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Genre: Young Adult
Series: Divergent #1
Source: Purchased by myself
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication Date: 3rd May 2011
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
As soon as this book was released I had it in my hands. From the moment I opened the first page I couldn't put it down.

We follow Beatrice throughout the book and are shown how she lives her live in her current faction, and are given a look into her feelings and how she feels like she doesn't belong.
On her choosing day she makes a choice that will change not only herself, but also her family. We follow her with how she copes with her new faction, and the impossible things that she has to do and sympathise with her actions.
She learns what it means to not only be part of a fraction, but also to feel it inside.  The thoughts she has been feeling towards her other fraction help her deal with things with her new life.
She makes friends and enemies along the way and faces obstacles that even a sane person wouldn't go up against.

Without giving away too much, Beatrice makes choices that change her future...for better or worse...we have to wait and see. :)

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