Monday, April 1, 2013

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Teen Dystopic 
Pages: 489
Rating: PG13 (for some violence) 
Review Rating: 4/4


Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.


I believe this is the novel that is the true heir to The Hunger Games throne. Many novels have been coming out jumping on the dystopic band wagon, some I've reviewed here on my blog. And some are good, like the novel Matched by Ally Condie, however Divergent blows them all out of the water! 

Tris is a strong young woman, even before she joins Dauntless. As a reader you immediately connect with her because of her feelings of displacement with her current situation. Her family are in Abnegation but she's never felt like she belongs, having a very hard time always been selfless (sounds like any person I've known!!) She wishes to do what she perceives her family wants, and what she really wants. Her worry and concern immediately hits the readers heart and it's awesome! 

Once in Dauntless faction, her struggles continue as she is tested and tried before she in inducted into the group. Some of the violence that is portrayed is shocking, but not unreasonable for what Dauntless is supposed to be. We are introduced to the second 'main' character, Four in Dauntless. He is mysterious, (the typical tall dark and handsome) and immediately pulls you to him because he is exactly what Dauntless stands for. 

Veronica Roth created a great set of characters that you both love and despise. She created a very believable world that makes perfect sense and I could see our world morphing into. She never gets lost in the details, but presents them in a really clear, concise manner. As a reader we are never confused about what is happening in the world we've been immersed into. 

A great novel that is a literal page turner. Loved it so much!! Can't wait to read Insurgent! 

PS, going to be made into a movie!! 

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