Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

“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...."

I have had a sample of Divergent on my nook all summer long.  It a list of books I found on the internet that I had planned to read.  But as usual I was my difficult self, not wanting to read something new simply because I’m positive it won’t be good.  And as usual, though I’m pleased, I was wrong.  

Beatrice Prior has always known that she doesn’t quite fit in with her faction, Abnegation, in fact sometimes she guiltily catches herself being flat out selfish.  When she takes the aptitude test they day before the choosing ceremony, her thoughts are more than confirmed.  Because she showed qualities of multiple factions her aptitude test came back with a shocking and deadly answer, Divergent.  Luckily, it’s against the law to discuss your results with anyone.  Beatrice doesn’t choose her faction until she’s called during the ceremony.  During initiation she changes her name to Tris and makes friends, something that she’s never had before and begins to consider where she is to be home.  That is until she discovers that things aren’t as perfect as they seem.

Divergent is a book that challenges society as a whole to to accept that you can have more than one great quality. Just as Beatrice struggles with her emotions from being insensitive to at one point risking her life for another. Although the summary is a bit twisted and confused, this is a book you just have to read and be thrown into a brand new world to accept. Divergent is a dystopian full of excitement, secrets, friendship, and the ongoing struggle between what’s right and what’s wrong or maybe just what’s right for a single person. Read this and you'll be itching for the sequel coming in 2012.

My Rating for this Book:

Veronica Roth graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in creative writing.  Divergent was her first novel, and a pretty amazing way to start a career might I add.  The sequel to Divergent will be released sometime around May 2012.  To learn more about Veronica visit or follow her on twitter @VeronicaRoth.

You guys going to check this one out?  Do it.  You won’t regret.

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