Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Date Read: June 16, 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.
I was really looking forward to reading this book and I knew I would enjoy it. Since reading The Hunger Games I have been slightly obsessed with dystopian novels and knew I had to read this one and I was not disappointed.
Beatrice has always been taught that she should be selfless and help others but she has never fit in with her faction, became bored easily and wanted another life. So when she turns sixteen and has the chance to change her life by choosing a different faction she does.
Beatrice now known as Tris, doesn't realise that her life will completely change. Tris is a Divergent, someone who does not fit into any one faction and someone that the other factions want to kill. While trying to keep her deadly secret Tris grows closer to her trainer Four who seems to understand her better than anyone else.
I didn't love this book straight away but I was curious as to what was going to happen. As I read more I fell more and more in love with the story. It's such a great dystopian world and I was completely sucked in and needed more. I love that there is a great love story in with the story as some dystopian novels I have read are completely focussed on the dystopian world without a love story and I am such a sucker for a good love story. I completely fell in love with Four the more I read and I was completely hooked to the book.
I thought this was a really good story but not the best, until I got further and further through and I was blown away by what was happening and I ended the book thinking OMG I need to know what's going to happen next and I am so impatient for the next book.
Before I read this book I had heard people saying it was better than Hunger Games and I honestly don't think it is. Don't get me wrong it is as good I think but then I don't get how people can compare the two because they are completely different.
Divergent is definitely one of my favourite dystopian books and I cannot wait to find out what will happen next.