Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #1)

Summary from goodreads.com

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.

Rating

4  out of 5 stars

Review

I have to admit that I’m not really a huge fan of “dystopian” type books, so I’m not really even sure what lead me to read this book.  I probably read it since it’s set in Chicago.  And even though I’m not a fan of this type of genre, I really did enjoy this book.

Divergent is about Beatrice (Tris) Prior, a 16-year old girl who has to choose her faction (as all 16 year olds do).  She is Abnegation (selfless) by birth.  She can choose to stay Abnegation, or become Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave) or Eurdite (intellegent).  She goes through her testing and her results are inconclusive, leading her to the realization that she is Divergent.  At the ceremony, she chooses Dauntless (brave) as her faction.

She has a hard time fitting in with her fellow initiates, but proves to be a fierce competitor.  There she meets Four, her instructor, whom she develops feelings for.  She also becomes friends with Christina, Will and Al.  She seems to get along better with the Dauntless-born initiates, and she learns some startling developments about her family and the other factions along the way.

Learning the factions was kind of annoying at first, and I had to write them down and refer back to them several times (not kidding), but it got easier as the book went along.

While some may say this book is similar to Hunger Games, I would say it’s not.  It is not nearly as violent as HG.  I liked that this story was more about using your brain as a weapon then using guns/knives/arrows.  I also liked that this book addressed peoples fears and forced them to deal with them head on.

Overall, this book was interesting.  It was a little slow in spots, and a little long and detail heavy, but the story was interesting (and sad, too) and I will continue the series.

Happy reading.

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