Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 3, 2011)
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.
Just when I thought that The Hunger Games series was going to stay at my number one spot for books read in 2011, along comes Divergent. I know everyone has been reading the awesome reviews on this book–I sure have!– but I can honestly say that the reviews are nothing compared to the book! I understand now why people like myself, who try to review and express their feelings on something they have read that is so great, why we have a hard time putting it into words.
There is not a word I can think of off the top of my head that can express my enjoyment and excitement for this book. At first glance, you look at the sheer volume of this book –487 pages in ARC format– and wonder if it is even possible to finish this book in a week. As soon as I cracked open the front cover and started reading chapter one though, the time flew by! I devoured this book in two days. It might have been only one day if I didn’t need things such as food or sleep.
I loved everything about this book. The characters were phenomenal and they each brought a certain balance to the book. Their are people you will swoon over (hubba-hubba Four!), people you will loathe (boo Peter!), and characters you will cry over (Tris’ Mother –sniff,sniff). There is action, romance and strong characters that will blow you away!
There is not much more I can say to convince you to read this book if you haven’t yet. When release day is here, you will want to have one in your hands! I personally can’t wait to see how the author plans on topping this first installment in this series! One choice is all you need! Get the book!
Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf
For Rereading! 5 STARS