Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Teen Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction, Action Adventure Fiction
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN-13 Book: 9780062024022
Source: Received ARC for review from Book it Forward Tours. This is my honest review!
Divergent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
At the age of 16, teens in Beatrice's world go through the choosing ceremony. All of the 16 year-olds select which faction they wish to join. Prior to the ceremony they are tested to help them make their choice. When Beatrice goes through the test her results indicate that she is a Divergent, a person who could belong in multiple factions. At the choosing ceremony Beatrice chooses Dauntless, the brave as her new faction and changes her name to Tris. But being a Divergent in Beatrice's world is dangerous, and when she chooses the Dauntless faction she must hide that fact very carefully, or the consequences could be deadly.
I admit when I first saw this book was coming out I was interested, but a bit skeptical. The description didn't really hold my interest, and I was worried that it was going to be another Hunger Games wannabe. I wanted to read it because I love dystopian books, but my hopes for it weren't high.
I was really surprised, however, when shortly after starting it I found myself loathing to put it down. Roth's writing had me hooked from the beginning. She has created a fascinating world and some pretty incredible characters.
Tris is a wonderful character. She reminds me a lot of Alanna in Tamora Pierce's books in the Song of the Lioness Quartet series. Which in my world is about the highest compliment I can give a character since Alanna (and now Tris too) remains one of my favorite characters of all time. Despite being small and coming from a faction known for its nonviolence and selflessness, Tris join the Dauntless faction, a faction that values courage and bravery above all other traits. What I love about Tris is that she isn't a quitter. No matter how bad things get, or how hard training is, she doesn't give. I found myself cheering her on throughout the book, and celebrating when she triumphed.
Other characters are equally developed and equally interesting. I loved Four who tries to help Tris without letting anyone know. Christina and Will are wonderful friends to Tris, and Uriah is one character I would have loved to know better. Tris's mom was a fascinating character too, and one I would have loved to know more about.
My only wish for this book would be a little more history of this world. The story takes place in Chicago in the future, and all that is left of Lake Michigan is a marsh. I would have liked to know more about what led the world to become the way it did.
Overall this is an action packed, non-stop thrill ride. I loved this book and I loved the characters. I highly recommend it to those who love dystopian fiction and who liked the Hunger Games and want to read more books like this. This book has a strong plucky female character who isn't afraid to face her fears! Divergent came out May 3, 2011, if you haven't purchased it already, I definitely recommend that you go out and buy it. (I went to my local Books A Million and purchased my copy yesterday!)
Fantastic!!! I can't wait to read what Roth writes next!
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