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-old’s 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.
When I sat down to write this review I thought, hmm…how to start? This is what I came up with.
Divergent: 1) differing; deviating
2) (of a mathematical expression) having no finite limits
The definition of the title of this book is extremely relevant to every word of this book. The characters, the plot, the vocabulary. They all differ from what’s defined as normal. Sure, some parts aren’t so different, but as a whole Divergent by Veronica Roth was exactly what it’s title defined. I loved almost everything about this book. The characters were phenomenal and I love them, with that unhealthy, the don’t actually exist , I’ll pine for them forever kind of love. The story line is dystopian, the world’s already ended, and we have a new, better functioning system in place. But we all know those don’t usually last. The way this system works is a fair bit different than most of the others I’ve read. It’s a solid plan, as long as every member of each faction believes and acts how their faction is supposed to. Which, again, never lasts. There’s always that one that’s greedy and wants to change things. Divergent has chaos, romance, upheaval, and an almost happy ending. I’m just really glad there wasn’t a huge heartbreaking cliff hangar. Roth makes it obvious she wrote somethings a certain way for a reason. It’s written very well; It doesn’t jump from here to there and back again. It was pretty fast paced, with the occasional slow part. Although there wasn’t a cliff hangar, there were quite a few surprises. I’d start to guess at things, be wrong, start to accept that I was wrong, then BAM the truth comes out and I was right the whole time. Divergent was a very well written faced paced thrill ride that I hope every book is when I open to the first page, and I loved every minute of it.
Usually I start with the man character, but I don’t think I will in this case. Saving the best for last and all that. So, Caleb Prior, Beatrice’s older brother, caught me by surprise quite a few times. I originally thought he was the golden child that followed all the rules and would do exactly as expected. He didn’t. Every time I thought he’d do one thing, he’d do the opposite. We see Caleb mostly in the beginning and then the end of Divergent, and I hope we see more of him in the next book.
I’m going to mention Tris’ fellow initiatives as a whole because some of them don’t deserve their own paragraphs and some wouldn’t be able to make a whole paragraph. First there’s Christina and Will, who are some of Tris’ few friends on this adventure. They’re supportive and there for her when she needs them. They don’t exclude her and her through almost everything she goes through. Then there’s Uriah and Marlene. Uriah makes friends with Tris and introduces her to Marlene. The two aren’t a huge shoulder to lean on, but they’re familiar faces. They defend her and look out for her when they can. Last are Peter, Molly, and Drew. They’re assholes and I hate them. They pick on Tris relentlessly. They even try to kill her once or twice. They’re bullies and they don’t deserve the kindness Tris shows them.
Which brings me to Tris herself, which I lied about her being last. There’s one more after her, but I did say I was saving the best for last. Tris is your typical girl that makes crazy choices, and you’re always rooting for her. She’s bold, and brave, and seriously smart. She knows exactly how to act in every situation to tip it in her advantage. I liked being able to follow this story from her perspective. Watching how she thinks about all the choices she had to make. I think Tris was my favorite because she stands up for what she believes in and works her way to the top.
Now, saving the best for last I introduce Four. Yes, he’s actually called Four. He has another name, but I can’t mention it because you have to be as mind blown as I was. I adore Four; he’s hot, obviously, H[e’s really up and down the entire book. Four and Tris end up involved at one point and I just love them together. But he’s kind of moody. He tries to do the right thing all the time. But seems to get himself in bad situations a fair amount. I just love him so much, so you should too.
I bought the second book in the trilogy earlier today, Insurgent, and I can’t wait to start it. Divergent was such a good book. I think it could have just ended there. I mean, there would be alot that just went unanswered. I’m just so glad there’s two more books. Divergent was wonderfully written. Suspense, excitement, chaos, romance, adventure on every page. I loved every minute of it. So you should go to you local book store or library or wherever you go to get books and get this book and love it as much as I do.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.