My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Veronica Roth has created an amazing world filled with action and adventure, and major suspense. Divergent was definitely a new riveting tale that had me rapidly flipping the pages in a reading frenzy! It starts off with the reader getting to know the lifestyle of Beatrice (aka as Tris), a sixteen year old girl, in a dystopian or controlled world, where there are five factions of people: Abnegation who put others before their own needs and where Beatrice is currently from, the Dauntless who are brave and fearless, the Erudite who are studious and super smart, the Amity who are peaceful, and the Candor who are honest She will have to choose which faction she wants to be in, but first, she has to go through a simulated aptitude test, this test will tell her which faction she is best suited for. But Beatrice is not like everyone else, she test for at least three factions. This makes her a dangerous person, she doesn’t understand the reasons yet. Because of this, life will never be simple for her. She has to keep this information to herself, or risk being killed
Beatrice then has to make her own mark in the world, and ultimately makes a decision that will change the rest of her life. No more does she have to be, the meek, silent girl with no spirit, but instead forces herself to rise up to the challenges she faces in both the initiation and in her life. She can’t let her guard down, or she will risk becoming factionless, and that’s worse than death she believes, as you will be without friends or family. She doesn’t expect to find out what she yearns for most, that is to understand who she really is.
Divergent is one novel that had me jumping out of my seat, sitting on the edge of my seat, cheering her on one minute, and wanting to cry with her the next. There are times where she seems a little cold like when she wishes one boy to quite crying, and you see why Abnegation didn’t suit her. But then the in the next minute she is putting herself in danger for another, so you understand why she has a bit of a split personality, well not so much as split personality, but different traits I guess. You see, she has been born into a society that believes you can only have one quality, and she needs to figure out, by herself, that being brave, doesn’t mean she has to give up being selfless as well.
She has to fight hard to stay in the competition, for only ten initiates will be able to call the new faction home. Otherwise, she would become factionless. I couldn’t help but root for her. Tris has a lot to learn, but she finds she has friends to help her through the obstacles in her path. There is a sweet love interest as well. I highly recommend this book (and series) to anyone who loves action, bravery, and a little romance, and lots of adventure. You are warned, this book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, and ready to pick up book 2. I suggest having the 2nd (Insurgent) book before starting this, as the ending will make you want to pick it up right away, and it will start right where this one leaves off. Great series.
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