Description (from goodreads) : 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.
Author: Veronica Roth
Page Count: 487
Series: Divergent Trilogy #1
How I Got This Book: Bought
Wow. What can I say about this book? First off, and let’s just get this out of the way now, I love this book. This is the first YA book I read and thus inspired my reading obsession and book enthrallment. I love this book to the ends of the earth. But this review is not just me fangirling over my love for this book, (though that would be awesome.) This book is a dystopian thriller, but it has so many layers that I don’t think it can be put in one genre. It is, as you could very pun-savvily say, divergent.
Let me start by saying that the message that runs along in a thread throughout the entire story line is very positive. You could strip this book away layer by layer and still find a more than intriguing core plot, but I will get into that more later.
The book starts with a layer of confusion. Why is her mom cutting her hair? Why can she not look in the mirror? What the heck is a faction? What does Abnegation mean?!? The reader is placed in the dark at the beginning of the book. Not many authors could pull that off. It draws you in by planting questions in your mind. So you keep reading…
At a very good pace, and all throughout the book really, you learn more and more about the world and how the factions function. So by the end of the book you end up feeling pretty much like a dystopian Chicago expert. So then we find Tris at the brink of making her decision. The big moment is written very much by the rule of “Show don’t tell” and it works perfectly. Everything in that moment rushes together and makes you feel the push of her anxiety. The imagery that is painted is very clear and well thought out. We then find Tris making a life changing choice and biting our nails off wondering what will happen. A characters betrayal is very strongly yet not so obviously foreshadowed in this scene and that leaves the reader both enthralled and exasperated.
So now Tris finds herself too far in to back out of her new decision. She has to learn to suck it up and fend for herself. She makes a few friends along the way, but, as we all know, making a friend also means making an enemy. Many times Tris endangers herself for others. She tries to protect them because her selfless roots are engrained. The leaders of Dauntless, her new faction, believe that selflessness means weakness but Veronica makes it very clear that this view is quite wrong. The readers find themselves learning to be brave and cope with bad situations along with Tris. Also, Tris is forced to rely on her wits and morals for protection in more than one situation.
I found myself squealing and laughing and crying on many occasions throughout this book, and I’m sure that you all did too! (Or will, if you have not read it yet.) Each and every character and relationship is so well thought out and dynamic. This book, along with the action and incredibly unique plot and its characters, has very intriguing lessons hidden throughout it. Such as, though the Dauntless push family away, Tris makes it clear that family is important. It’s the most important thing. Family values run through the story’s veins.
Tris is a very strong character that has a very noticeable development by the end of the book. She has to continually make decisions that could truly make or break her. And though she has the survival strength and instinct, she is not like the Dauntless. It is made very clear in the beginning of the book that she is different. She belongs everywhere, resulting in not belonging anywhere.
Another interesting fact that I noticed is that the factions remind me of clicks. Like at school and work. Little groups of people that all act the same. When you join a new job, or attend a new school, you have to find your place among them. Those who are several things, thus meaning could fit in several of those clicks, are sorted out as “nerds”, “geeks”, “losers”, etc. In the book, Tris has to find out which click she belongs in. She finds out that she belongs in several, so she tries to fit in with one certain click. It doesn’t work. Eventually people notice she’s different and pick on her and exclude her. So having a main character that doesn’t fit in, and the readers see how awesome Tris is, makes the “nerds”, “geeks” and “losers” notice that, they weren’t sorted out because they don’t belong anywhere. They were sorted out because they belong almost everywhere, they can do so much more, and the narrow minded “clicks” just can’t see that.
In conclusion, read this book. Tris is a brave, intense, and complicated character. She is passionate and has a very distinctive voice. The story line is very understandable yet mysterious. And morals stretch throughout the thread of its plot. I would recommend this book to almost anyone. It is absolutely one of the better books I have read. I owe my bookishness and love for writing to this book. Tris has inspired me and many others through this dynamic debut novel. The world of Divergent is incredible. And it’s waiting for you to enter it.
For those of you who have read the book: *PLEASE TAG SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS* In the comments tell me what you thought about it! Who was your favorite character, favorite scene, or just all around favorite part? Tell me what you liked, or didn’t like. I am anxiously awaiting your answers!
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