Divergent by Veronica Roth

May 16, 2011 at 9:00 am 2 comments

Faction before blood.”

Beatrice Prior has lived among the selfless Abnegation faction her entire life, but at age 16, she must choose whether to stay or join another faction and leave her family behind forever. 

As she’s being tested to see where her true place lies, Beatrice finds out she’s an anomaly – she doesn’t neatly fit into any one faction. She’s Divergent, a fact that must be kept secret for her own safety.  But as Beatrice, now known as Tris, endures the sometimes brutal initiation trials of her chosen faction, she realizes that no one is truly safe, and her seemingly perfect world is on the brink of falling apart.  

My Review: “Divergent” grabbed me and didn’t let me go.  There were times when I wasn’t sure I even liked Tris, but I could not stop reading, and I’m glad I didn’t.  Tris had to go on a journey to find out who she really was, and that journey took her through feeling infuriated, determined, merciless, sad, joyful, and stong.  At the end, it was amazing to see how far Tris had come and how she came to realize what true strength really is.  

The trials Tris went through for her faction initiation were grim and at times brutal, so be forewarned that initiation takes up a large portion of the book.  But at the end, I wouldn’t change anything, because that hardship forged Tris into the person she had to become.  But it’s not all bleak – Tris does find romance even in the unlikeliest of situations, and the ending is definitely worth the trip through the dark places in the book.

Pick up “Divergent” by Veronica Roth if you’re a fan of “The Hunger Games,” you like strong female characters, or you can’t get enough of futuristic dystopias (this one takes place in a decaying future Chicago).  It’s a great book, so check it out!

Katie

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