Monday, December 17, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Divergent by Veronica Roth

"In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her."-Goodreads
Rate: 5 out of 5 stars
My thoughts:
O-M-G! Word cannot explain how much I loved this book! Hunger Games left you craving more? Try Divergent! I had to re-read Divergent after I realized that I never reviewed it the first time. What can I say? When a book takes your breath away as easily as this one does, it's hard to write a coherent review. Now that I've taken another shot at it, well....... it's not going to be much easier but I'll try to make sense! Let the fan girl reviewing commence!
Veronica Roth has built an entirely new dystopian society. One that relies on factions to keep things at peace. Unfortunately for everyone involved, that peace is only a superficial sham. What follows is a story that made me burn through these 400+ pages in a matter of hours. Divergent isn't something that you should start to read before bed time. It's the type of book that you'll want to finish once you start, whether you have the time or not. The writing is gorgeous, the society is perfectly built. Let's face it. There isn't a single thing that I didn't love about this book.
Which brings me to the characters. Seriously, the best part of this story. Tris and Four!! Realistic in their flaws and strengths.Tris isn't a shrinking violet. She isn't someone who sits around and waits for other people to take care of her. No! Tris can take care of anything that comes her way, even when she's terrified while doing it. She may be selfish and temperamental at times, but that just shows the reality of who she is. To be honest, Tris is bad-ass!
And then ther is Four. Tris' equal and opposite all rolled into one. Strong willed, and yet with a heart. I really loved how his realationship wasnt like most realtion ships in books. He doesnt go around protecting her or acting like she is a weak-willed girl. He knows she's bad-ass, and he loves that about her. Oh, and you wanna know what the best part is??? NO LOVE TRIANGLE! Feels refreshing to know that right? This was a huge part of why I loved Divergent so much.
I've been looking for a series to fill the hole that The Hunger Games series left behind. Something with a driven plot and a kick-ass heroine. This book? Completely filled that hole! This book is just addicting!
“Moths," repeats Will. "You're afraid of moths?"
"Not just a cloud of moths," she says, "like...a swarm of them. Everywhere. All those wings and legs and..." She shudders and shakes her head.
"Terrifying," Will says with mock seriousness. "That's my girl. Tough as cotton balls."
"Oh, Shut up.”
― Veronica Roth, Divergent
“What did you do, memorize a map of the city for fun?” says Christina.
“Yes,” says Will, looking puzzled. “Didn’t you?”
― Veronica Roth, Divergent
“I feel like someone breathed new air into my lungs. I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless.
I am Divergent.”
― Veronica Roth, Divergent

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