Hi! I finished Divergent by Veronica Roth a couple days ago.
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.
The entire time I was reading Divergent I couldn’t help be pleased. It was everything it was supposed to be and more.
My favorite part about reading it, however, is just the fact that I could read it steadily. It wasn’t slow. And while it was grabbing, it moved at such a reasonable pace that I didn’t feel compelled to not be able to put it down. Now while reading a book front to back in one sitting may sometimes make it all the much better, not always. And in this case, as you may guess, the readability made it entirely worth reading.
I adored Tris. She was such a powerful female character. She was truly *SPOILERS* Divergent; brave and selfless.
Four was a great character as well. His coolness and honesty and raw human emotion was enticing to read. The last couple pages of Divergent left me panting in excitement, waiting for more. I can’t wait to read Insurgent.
The entire concept of a society based on 4 key human traits is entirely fascinating. As well as the fact that when you are in a certain faction, the other traits aren’t applied to you. Where in reality, as Four put it, you want to be Selfless and Kind and Brave and Smart. As well as other qualities, such as being humble, respectful, ect.
I loved the fantastic writing and can barely contain myself from bursting with joy. I want to read more from Veronica Roth the moment I started.
I'm going to be reading Insurgent soon, and have heard about an unnamed 3rd book coming out soon. *Sly Look*.