Divergent by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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Background: Beatrice Prior lives in a divided society in a dystopian Chicago cityscape. Each division is responsible for and dedicated to a value, bravery, intelligence, selflessness, honesty, and peacefulness; but each has qualities that are upheld by all of the factions. Upon your 16th year, you must choose a faction to live in, many choose their parents’ factions, others decide to break away and try new things. However, you must pass the initiations for whatever faction you choose, regardless of what they ask; otherwise you become factionless and live a life of poverty and loneliness. Beatrice decides to leave her parents’ faction when she learns that she is not your typical teen and there may be a secret she has to keep from everyone.
Review: I have been told to read this book by MANY people, and it has taken me way too long to get to it. I was able to grab the e-audiobook from the library and listen to it while at work (this is my new thing, I love listening to books at work, keeps me focused on tasks and makes the day go by so much faster).
So on to the review: I am crazy about this book, I cannot wait to get book 2. I found that the characters and plot (even with plot holes) were amazing. I loved Tris (Beatrice changes her name) and Four and their instances together. I was also so happy that there was not a love triangle, and that the relationships in the book did not take up a majority of the plot, it was really about the faction and Tris and her choice and learning about who she is and wants to be.
The plot, like I mentioned, had a few holes. There was not really an overview of the history of the factions and how they operated, you only get bits and pieces as events happen. I would have also liked more detail on the setting; I understand that the characters only know things relative to their factions and their parents’ factions, but for a better understand of where things are happening, I think it would have been helpful. Flaws aside, I loved the action throughout the plot. Tris and her faction initiation kept me on my toes and I was rooting for her the whole time. I was also very surprised by the ending and the significance of the title, Divergent, I am glad that the author pulled everything together so neatly in the end.
I cannot wait for book 2, I have requested it from the library and am waiting, I think I am 4th in line :/ it is going to be a long wait, but it will be worth it from what I hear :)
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