Divergent by Veronica Roth

May 5, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pub. Date:  May 3rd 2011
ISBN: 0062024027
Pages: 496 pages
Source: Publisher
From Goodreads.com:

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'm sure you've seen a review for this book, or at least heard about it.I definitely had before I picked up this book and I was afraid all those great reviews might be setting me up for disappointment. Thankfully Divergent turned out to be as good as everyone said!

Dystopian novels have quickly become one of my favorites lately and it amazes me how amazing these authors are at creating their own world. Veronica Roth is no exception and the world she crafts is absolutely fantastic. I found myself in the world and being able to really imagine it through the wonderful descriptions. It also had me wondering what faction I would choose to belong to, and more importantly, what faction would choose me.

Beatrice, or Tris, was a wonderful character to read about. She was strong, smart, caring, and very real. I believed that she could be a real person, sometimes authors get so caught up in creating characters that are so amazing and so vulnerable that it gets unbelievable, Veronica Roth was able to avoid this problem though. There were other characters who I fell in love with too, such as Tris' mother, Four, and her friends. All in all the characters in this book are great.

Now with all of my raving about this book I want to point out one thing that bothered me with this book. There were a lot of predictable things that happened. I found this highly annoying because what did I have to look forward to later on? Sure there were one or two surprises, but other than that I found so many things predictable. I continued reading though because the world is so captivating and the characters so loveable.

Quick note: many have been comparing this book to The Hunger Games and it really frustrates me. I don't think the two are similar other than they are dystopian novels. By comparing the two I feel the reader is being set up for a complete disappointment. Both are great books, but in different ways.

Overall Divergent is not one to pass up, although it wasn't as amazing as I truly wanted it to be, it was real good. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book!

Rating: 4.5 stars / 5 stars

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