May 14, 2012
Title: Divergent (Divergent #1)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
In DIVERGENT, Beatrice Prior must choose among the five factions: Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Amity, and Dauntless. Each faction embodies a specific character trait, and, at age 16, tests are taken to determine which faction you belong in. But then Beatrice discovers she is an anomaly–she doesn’t belong to any faction. She is Divergent. While Beatrice decides which faction she wants to join, she must navigate the consequences of her choice, and the consequences of what it means to be Divergent.
I think, by this point, expressing my love for DIVERGENT is a bit redundant. But I’m going to do it anyway!
I love DIVERGENT. The main reason is because the writing is so, so good. And because of that, the characters feel incredibly real. And the characters are probably my favourite element of the book. They’re dynamic, they’re unique, they’re 3D, they have personalities–even the secondary characters. There is not one character from these books that I feel like I don’t have a grasp on, or an understand of.
And I think that’s what makes these books so popular, or at least, that’s one of the main reasons I loved this book so much. I love reading the interactions between the characters. It felt real and natural. Often, I feel like dystopian YA books don’t have authentic/realistic teen characters while still having that distinct dystopian “different world” feel, as if being in a dystopian world excuses the characters from still acting like teenagers. I think Roth perfectly captures both the teen aspect and the dystopian aspect in the dialogue and actions of the characters. And further about characters, characters drive stories, so without good characters, you’re not going to have a good story. And without good characters, I’m not going to care about the story anyway.
Well, in case I wasn’t clear enough, I LOVE the characters in DIVERGENT. And the story? Yeah. It’s amazing. The book was a little slow at the beginning, and this kind of threw me off at first. DIVERGENT is longer than average, so I was so not looking forward to reading about this meek little Abnegation girl for the entire book. But! No worries, because the book picks up. And when it picks up, it PICKS UP. Okay, basically, what I’m trying to say is: Tris is not a meek little girl. Tris is tough. Tris is strong (and not just physically). Tris is Dauntless. I loved, loved, loved watching Tris grow up and discover the person she really is. And the action is incredible and intense and a bunch of other adjectives basically saying “awesome.”
And because it would be remiss of me to write a review on DIVERGENT without talking about a certain someone, let’s talk about Four. Yeah. Four. *sighs wistfully* Let’s just say, I always knew there was a reason the number 4 was one of my favourite numbers. And now I have found that reason.
Also, I totally want to be Dauntless. Obviously. Would it be totally nerdy of me to say they kind of intimidate me in that you’re-so-cool-please-cast-your-eyes-on-us-lowly-folks way? Because they do. But I still love them.
So! I recommend DIVERGENT to dystopian YA lovers. This one is not to be missed.
Must Read! Highly Recommended!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**
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