Divergent – Review (YA)

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The summary on the jacket:

“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.”

If you had to decide which quality would contribute most to saving the world, could you choose just one?

Divergent is amazing! It had a slowish start, but it was always interesting. I was glued to the pages in no time. I couldn’t put it down. And I don’t mean that figuratively. I literally brought it with me everywhere and couldn’t put it down. It was fast paced, evocative, and compelling. I loved the strong heroine and watching her come into her own.  I loved the decision making through out the book and learning about her faction after the Choosing Ceremony. Of course, to drive home the fact that it is an oppressing society, some people had to die. I hate when people I like die in books. But, it wasn’t nearly as bad as Mockingjay (in the Hunger Games series). Some people say that this is like The Hunger Games. I don’t think it is. Sure, there are a few similarities, but the story and the style is very different.

This story has a lot to do with over coming fear, which really hits home for me, and with finding out who you really are. It also has to do with finding out your definition of right and wrong. I love the imagery the author made as well as the imaginative things she made seem realistic. I also, really love the character of Tobias and his relationship with Tris.

I can’t believe that the author wrote this when she wasn’t much older than I was, that this is her first novel, and that she did the same things I do now (write stories instead of dong homework). That’s my dream. To write and publish at least one really good book.

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Posted on October 29, 2013, in Fantasy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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