Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 2011
Series: Divergent #1
5 STARS: I LOVED IT!!!
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.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance
Wow, wow, and wow! Loved this book! This book is a great action/romance which is my very favorite. I read this on the last day of our 3 day drive home from Cali. Thank you to my wonderful husband who doesn’t mind driving 10 of the 11 hour drive. After we got home I put the kids to bed and finished this book at 1am.
I love these characters. The main character is Beatrice later called Tris. She is so brave and strong. I would have definitely wimped out during the initiation she went through. It breaks my heart when she has to decide between staying with her family or choosing a faction that she thinks will allow her more freedom. Will and Christina are fun and light-hearted. Four is an intimidating instructor, but there’s definitely more to him than meets the eye.
I do NOT recommend this book for young readers because of the violence. The action reminds me of Hunger Games (FYI- I loved Hunger Games).
“We walk together to the kitchen. On these mornings when my brother makes breakfast, and my father’s hand skims my hair as he reads the newspaper, and my mother hums as she clears the table–it is on these mornings that I feel guiltiest for wanting to leave them.”