In Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior’s world, society is divided into five factions. Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Tris was born into the Abnegation faction. But is she truly selfless? She believes she is, she believes that she could remain there for the rest of her life. But the day she must choose whether to stay or leave Abnegation arrives and the results of her test leave her confused. When Tris makes her choice, it changes everything. Her choice decides her friends and her enemies. Her choice decides her beliefs and her loyalties. Once the choice is made…there is no going back.
Divergent by Veronica Roth is the kind of book that keeps people up at night. And I don’t mean that in the ‘it was scary’ way, I mean that in the ‘it was so fantastic I couldn’t put it down!’ way. The night I first started reading Divergent, when I realized it was way after midnight and I had to get some sleep sometime, I was forced to put this amazing book down and trust me, that was not an easy thing to do! Veronica Roth’s debut novel will captivate you, and keep you reading until your fingers ache from holding the book for so long in one sitting.
Beatrice Prior has been raised in the faction called Abnegation. She has been raised by selfless parents and the virtue of being selfless has been ingrained in her upbringing since she was a baby. But Beatrice has never been like her parents or her brother. Selflessness seems to come so easily to them. But Beatrice, deep down in her heart, has always desired more. She is not as restrained as her brother, she does not commit acts of selflessness without a second thought, like Caleb and her parents do. Beatrice struggles between defiance and guilt over this fact and when she turns sixteen, when the time for her to choose which faction she is to become a part of for the rest of her life approaches…Beatrice finds herself torn between two very different ways of life.
Divergent is based in a world where all people must choose who and what they want to be for the rest of their lives when they turn sixteen, even if it means leaving behind their families. When the choice is made, they are controlled by the rules of their new faction. They are governed by either honesty, selflessness, bravery, peacefulness or intelligence. This keeps the factions under control. But what happens when there are some who cannot be controlled? When there are some who are more than just brave, honest, selfless, peaceful or intelligent? What happens, when there are some…who can and choose to be all of those things?
Divergent was a gripping tale of loyalty, bravery, love and corruption. Veronica Roth did an excellent job of weaving a sweet love story between Tris and Four throughout the book and, honestly, there were moments when I kept thinking about The Hunger Games. The competition in Tris’s faction was fierce, the evil intent of some of the other initiates chilling, reminding me of moments from The Hunger Games. Anything that I can compare to The Hunger Games, I’m pretty much guaranteed to like. Tris was an excellent character, torn between her selfless upbringing and her new feelings of freedom in the faction she chooses. The ending was heartbreaking and definitely can be called a cliffhanger. Divergent was simply phenomenal and I am very much looking forward to getting my hands on the next book, Insurgent!
Coming Soon: When her mother decides to send her to her dad’s home for the summer, Ronnie couldn’t be more displeased…but a handsome volleyball player, a girl named Blaze and her father’s unwavering love conspire to make it a summer she will never forget. Look for my review of The Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks, soon!!