By: Veronica RothReported by: Juli Helms
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.
-Summary from Goodreads
From the moment I found this book to days after I finished it, the characters and plot filled my mind. I haven't found a single negative review on this novel, and now I know why. This is one dystopian novel that deserves the high-praises it received.
I was going through a dystopian phase when I picked up this book, and at first wasn't planning on reading it--I had read enough dystopians for my taste during the time. As I was cruising around the internet, however, I found review after review emphasizing how wonderful Divergent was. Finally, I found myself hooked by the synopsis and started reading the book.
I couldn't stop reading it. It was one of those books that I couldn't finish fast enough, yet hypocritically wished wouldn't end. The plot contained surprising twists, realistic action, and relatable characters.
The characters. Tris, the protagonist, is witty, wryly humorous, adventurous, strong, and ultimately very realistic. I found myself to be cheering for her when she accomplished something, and sympathizing with her pains. I want to congratulate Veronica Roth, because she took a big risk and performed it perfectly. Tris was found to be thinking thoughts and performing actions that can be considered cruel, yet she often finds herself to be risking her life for someone else. Veronica Roth managed to bring out both sides of Tris, in the end making her not only more realistic and relatable, but also not confined to being just good or bad.
Tris isn't the noblest of all, but she isn't evil. Her personality can only be described as one word: Divergent.
Then there's Four. Four, who took my breath away from first sight (or should I say read?). Four, who, with Tris, is making the wait for book 2, Insurgent, crazily, unbearably long. Four, the mysterious boy who's not your typical hero--he's better. Watch out, Peeta Mellark, Four just might reach that pedestal of yours and reclaim the spot of #1 fictional boy! Seriously, do I need to say more?
So, if you haven't read this book, go grab it now! Divergent is one novel you cannot miss! Its setting, plot, action scenes, romance, characters, will sweep you off your feet and make you regret you haven't read it sooner!