I recently finished reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. This is a Young Adult (YA) read that I flew through – took me two days to read. It is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian read. I have to say that I enjoyed it much better than The Hunger Games or even The Maze Runner.
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, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
I was immediately fascinated with the world Ms. Roth created. The factions, their rules, and what they represent were all very intriguing. So was the result of Beatrice’s test. I liked how Ms. Roth hooks the reader right from the start. I had so much difficulty putting this book down!
I just loved Tris, the name Beatrice chooses for herself, and Four. I don’t want to spoil how things work out for them, but I was happy about it! Tris constantly surprised me – she’s such a brave, strong character. While she doesn’t consider herself selfless, she really is at times. I know I wasn’t as strong at 16 as she is.
There was a ton of action in this read – all is not well between the factions. Besides that, being Dauntless is exciting and daring. I loved their initiation! Eric is an ass; I’m so glad that Four was there to assist with their training. Jumping off the trains was a unique concept as was the way their faction lived.
I constantly found myself impressed with Ms. Roth’s creativity and imagination. The extras at the end of the book are fun, too. (I’m a huge fan of when author’s include playlists to go with their stories.)
What is really telling for me is that I found myself thinking about the characters and their way of life after I finished reading the book. I would be at the gym, wondering about things and pondering where the next book will take them.
If you liked The Hunger Games, this is a must read – and don’t be angry when you find yourself being blown away by it! It is all that and more!
4.5 out of 5 stars