Published by Katherine Tegen Books on April 25, 2011
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, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
How do I love thee, Divergent? Let me count the ways. Can I skip straight to Four? 😉
Divergent by Veronica Roth, punched my ticket to ride from the very beginning, and I was a devoted and eager passenger to the very end. My mind’s eye basked in the wonderfully, creative dystopian world that she depicted. As a fledgling writer myself, I know the difficulty of telling a story in the first person narrative, and doing it well. Tris is the perfect vehicle to navigate this tale, and the fact that’s she female? Just a bonus for ladykind as we get to add another kickass character to our ranks.
Tris was an excellent avatar to steer us into the factions of Abnegation, Dauntless, Candor, Erudite, and Amity. I loved how this world split its people to identify our weaknesses and hubris in attempts to overcome them. My favorite thing about the Choosing Ceremony is that if you dare, you have the opportunity to reinvent yourself. Beatrice Prior had the courage to become Tris. It’s an invigorating feeling for the reader, and I felt full on awkward Rocky Balboa from that moment forth.
As with most novels, it’s easy to get caught up in the dealings of your primary characters, Tris and Four. But Roth did a bang up job of writing some riveting secondary characters that you are helpless to not to feel for, be it hate, love, or sympathy. It was a journey filled with imaginative discoveries and plot twists, easily propelling the reader to the end, where like Oliver Twist, I’m asking for “more, Sir!”
And Four. Which thanks to this novel, is now officially my favorite number, and my current literary boyfriend. I’m not sure how a tall, athletic, strategic, noble, and slightly wounded character could be written more deliciously. He alone, was plenty of reason to join Dauntless. 🙂
Well there you have, readers. Wait no more. I was a little late RSVPing to this party. Use your invitation ASAP!!
5 out of 5 stars!