Author: Veronica Roth
Rating: 9/10 (what this means)
Recommendation: GO READ THIS FREAKING AWESOME BOOK
My Reading Method: Library Hardback- 1st edition
(If you are in the Madisonville area, check the catalog here)
“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.”
**WARNING- I always end up having SPOILERS. I won’t ruin anything pertaining to specifics in the plot but I’m sure I’ll give away something about the world/relationships/ other. I will say which faction she joins, name her love interest, and potentially give away something that ticks you off. So if you’re one of those people that doesn’t what to know anything about the book before reading it- STAY AWAY. (Why are you even reading reviews?) Granted- most of what I’ll be telling you is available in the first fifty pages.**
First off, I loved this book. It had my trifecta of awesome-teen-book-qualifications. Basically, 1) seriously awesome heroine that can kick serious ass, 2) love story that isn’t the point entire point of the book but still gives me butterfliesy, and 3) Action. And you know what? Ms. Roth delivered. Seriously. This book rocked.
Now, to be fair, this is my very first review where I absolutely adored the story. In my pervious (few) reviews I’ve stayed on the fence or hated some aspect. Here, I hate nothing. I love Beatrice/Tris. I love the bit of romance. And action? It’s everywhere!
So, I’m assuming you’ve read the book jacket or the little blurb from Goodreads I posted above. Beatrice is sixteen and it is time for her to decide which faction she should join. She grew up in Abnegation with her parents and brother, but she has the option of choosing either Erudite or Dauntless. She feels trapped in Abnegation, doesn’t like the Erudite, so clearly the most logical decision is to become a Dauntless initiate.
Really, you had to see this coming. I can’t imagine the story as exciting if she joined any other faction. Because the Dauntless? Basically a bunch of adrenaline seeking junkies. Give them a few guns and knives and you have pages of very dangerous drama.
I loved Beatrice/Tris. She’s a strong character without being perfect. It’s true, on several occasions I wanted to shake her for not trying harder to conceal her Divergent-ness. But in all, she’s tough, smart, and a survivor.
I also loved the world Roth created; the descriptions of the Dauntless compound, her relationship with her parents, her brother, the other initiates. It’s complex. It’s interesting. It’s really different than anything else I’ve read. Is it perfect? Probably not, but I read for entertainment and I was very entertained.
Aaaaaaand the love story. Yes, it’s there but it doesn’t take up the entire book. At first I had a hard time believing it (especially that everyone happens to be virgins, which I find a little difficult to believe… I blame this on Twilight). I mean, come on, the author spends a lot of time going on about how average/childlike Beatrice appears and yet hottie falls in love? Yeah right. But hey, I guess it’s possible. And I really liked him so much I didn’t really care… though you will figure out who he is/ his real name/ etc in the first fifty pages if you’re paying attention.
One thing I LOVED about him is the fact that he really thought Tris could handle her own problems. It was refreshing. No rescuing the heroine time after time.
Action. Sooooo much action. Lots of one-on-one sparing, jumping out of trains, crazy stunts, and sneaky backstabbing. Really, it’s good… It kept me on my toes.
The one thing that annoyed me was the fact that sometimes Tris did not use- what I consider- her best judgment. However, overall, she didn’t do anything that made me wish bodily harm on her person.
So who should read this book?
If you like dystopian novels, go for it. Also, I generally think this is something most teens will enjoy if they like fantasy/sci fi.
Isn’t this a series?
Yes! There will be two more books in this series (that I know of). Hopefully they will be as good as the first. 🙂 (RANT: Though, I’m not sure WHY so many books are series lately. I guess it’s a better marketing strategy, but for a change, I would enjoy a story the ended on the last page.) Currently, the second one is out- called Insurgent. My review for this book will follow shortly.
I’m FREAKING EXCITED. I will totally read the next two books. I will most likely purchase them for my collection.
As far as dystopia-themed novels go, this is one of the good ones.
If you end up liking the book, Veronica Roth published a free chapter from Four’s perspective. You can find it here.
This review is also available on my Goodreads Account and on Amazon.