Author: Veronica Roth
pages: [hardcover] 487
memorable quote: Sometimes the best way to help someone is just to be near them.
favorite characters: tris & four
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.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series–dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK.
Nearly 500 pages, and I finished it in two days because I literally could not put it down. The characters . . . the premise . . . how the plot was carried out . . . I have nothing to complain about. Nothing. And there hasn’t been a book like that for me in a while. Why, why, why did I take so long to read this?
Tris has to be one of my favorite leading ladies I’ve ever encountered in YA. Surprisingly, she doesn’t fall for every guy she meets. There isn’t even a love triangle. Weird, right? I hate that things like that are becoming so commonplace that it’s odd when you find a book that has romance with the girl not constantly agonizing over guys. Tris is easily relatable and real. She can be selfish, cruel, giving, kind, vulnerable, and tough as nails, all at once. While staying in character. She makes mistakes, doesn’t always do the right thing, but she’s not despicable, either. She’s like most teenage girls . . . just stuck in situations practically no one has to deal with.
Even the main love interest is wonderfully flawed. And, I don’t want to give anything way, so I’ll pretty much leave it at that. Though it’s practically assured that you’ll love him.
If you start reading this book, prepare to do nothing else for a long time. It grabs you and doesn’t let go, with action and suspense that begin at the Choosing Ceremony and continue until the end. I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into, and maybe it was better that way. There are tons of twists and surprises that you will never expect, that left me gaping at the book and half wanting to throw it across the room. But, I wanted to finish it instead.
Now, I’ll need to wait until the sequel comes out. Can I wait? Not at all. I need it now. May is much too far away….
EXTREMELY ADDICTIVE. 5/5 stars
Read it. Now.