Divergent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I don’t normally read dystopian novels. Some can be rather depressing and usually by the third book, I’m disappointed. I hope that this is not the case with this series. Time will tell… However, in this series, the first book, Divergent (Divergent Series) was riveting! I could NOT put the book down! In the final chapters, I found myself waking at 3 am only to finish the book! I had to know more! It is a fast paced story with a strong female character, very similar to Hunger Games. The story sucked me in and I found it difficult to pull myself out. The storyline stuck with me every time I had to put the book down to do my daily routine! I found myself inspired by Tris who was raised in Abnegation, a selfless society, but could never fit into that faction…not entirely. She has more to her nature than being selfless.
In this story, there are five factions, the Abnegation who put others before their own needs, the Dauntless who are brave and fearless, the Erudite who are scholarly, Amity who are peaceful and live in harmony, and the Candor who are honest. Each 16 year old must choose a faction they will devote their life to and to help them accomplish this, they are put through a simulation aptitude test. Where most possess the aptitude traits of one faction, Beatrice (Tris) possesses the aptitude for at least 3 factions. They call this inconclusive result, “Divergent.” This makes her a dangerous person for which she doesn’t understand and is unable to get answers to shed light on what it all means. But keeping this information to herself means keeping herself from getting killed.
I found the writing style different but refreshing. It is written in first person, narrated by Tris in present time. She’s not telling the story in past tense, as if it happened and now I’m telling about it… but in present tense, as if I’m telling it as I’m doing it. The author, Veronica Roth, develops the characters & world are very well. Watching Tris work through all her fears and life decisions was fascinating and inspiring. I can't wait to dive into the next book in this series! Get your copy of Divergent (Divergent Series) NOW!
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