By Veronica Roth
May 3, 2011
Katherine Tegen Books, 496 pages
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.
— Amazon.com description
Oh, Divergent, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
1. The Hunger Games Factor
Someone (Ginger!) told me that she didn’t get the comparisons this book is getting to The Hunger Games. What!? This book is jam-packed with bravery, betrayal, bloodshed, tough decisions, a controlling society and a girl that dares to think for herself. Hello! Hunger Games factor up the wazoo.
I haven’t felt this desperate to finish a book in quite some time. It was bad. It led to this conversation:
Me: I wonder what’s happening in my book right now.
Hubby: What do you mean? You aren’t reading right now.
Me: Yeah. I wonder what the characters are doing.
Hubby: You know the characters don’t keep on doing things while you’re not reading, right?
Me: Hm…are you sure?
Okay, I’m crazy. But that’s how realistic this book felt. I was IN it.
My hometown in ruins! Say it ain’t so! Every time I get on the El in the morning, I think, “How in the world did Tris ever jump onto this while it’s moving?” Trust me, you wouldn’t want to do that.
4. A Boy Named Four
Oh, who are we kidding? Did you think for a second I wouldn’t at least comment on the boy? HA! You don’t know me at all. While tip-toeing around a few things so as not to spoil, I’ll say this: Four wasn’t an ooey-gooey feelings type of guy. And Tris never expected him to be. And I loved that.
Loved it. Buying my own copy next week. Jen, thank you for loaning me this book — you have EXCELLENT taste.
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