May 3rd 2011, Katherine Tegen Books
487 pages, ARC
Gift from Ashley @ Bookish Brunette
First in Divergent Trilogy
Dystopian Young Adult
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.
The lovely beautiful amazing Ashley @ Book Brunette received two copies of this book and I had mentioned how much I wanted to read it so she sent me a copy! How awesome is she?
I loved this book, but I can’t tell you exactly why. It is everything the hype is saying. Believable, intelligent, loveable characters (especially Four), poignant, and the plot will not let you put it down, but none of these are the main reason I love it. I simply do. I stayed up until 9 a.m on reading this book, yeah I never do that. It’s a long book and one that is not easy to put down I suggest you start it when you can sleep in.
I only have one issue with this book and it may be an issue that reader induced. I can not for the life of me see what the Dauntless headquarters looks like. I have a shady image at best.
The characterization is one of the best I’ve seen within Dystopia. This is a girl that knows herself not what the society tells her she should be. “I am selfish. I am brave.” Is one of the best lines of this book that describes who she believes she is. What Tris doesn’t understand is being brave is part of being selfless. Putting the welfare of others above herself.
Four, oh my gosh, I just found myself a new book boyfriend. (It’s okay I’ll still cheat on Four with Tucker, but I’m not sure who has more of my love.) From the beginning I was intrigued by him. From the moment she landed in his arms in the very beginning to him throwing knifes at her head all the way until the end I was in love. I hate Four’s real name and will most likely just change it every time I see it.
The secondary characters came in two groups. One in the good to a point, and the evil and should be eliminated types. Tris’s friends were great and she showed such selflessness towards them.The evil group was so hate-able. SO!!!
This is a passionate book that evokes a passionate response within the reader. I am fully in love with Four, Divergent, and Veronica Roth. If you caught any of the livestream or tour events from the Dark Days of Supernatural where she was present you’d see how awesome she is as a person as well. She’s 23 and has come to such success and has not let it go to her head at all. All in all I’m having a love affair with this entire book.
The next one comes out next spring which is simply too long!