Book Review: "Divergent" by Veronica Roth

In future Chicago, society is run by five different factions, or groups of people who share common values.  They are Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest) and Erudite (the intelligent).  It is important to become a member of one of these factions, as those who are factionless have no community, terrible jobs and are basically homeless.  It isn’t easy to join a faction though.  Beatrice is now sixteen years old, and undergoes the aptitude test – the test that is supposed to determine which faction she belongs in.  But the test is inconclusive – she is Divergent and that is a dangerous designation.  On Choosing Day, she does not choose the faction in which she was raised (Abnegation), and instead chooses to become Dauntless.

The Dauntless initiation process is a grueling one, where there are uneasy alliances, some friendships and many jealous enemies.  Beatrice adopts the name Tris, and works to survive initiation and become Dauntless…  but something doesn’t seem right.  There is unrest among the factions, and Tris is worried for her former faction – especially her family.  Making things more interesting is Tris’s instructor, Four, who makes Tris feel things she’s never felt before.  
People have been talking about this book for what seems like forever.  I’ve been nervous to read this, as I’ve fallen for the hype and gotten burned before…..  but now the movie is coming out soon and you know that I HAVE to read the book first so….
This book was so much better than I expected!  Action packed, suspenseful, with a good amount of sweetness that hooked me in pretty quickly.  It starts out fast, and I’ll admit I was a little confused at the beginning with keeping all the characters and the factions (and the traits of the different factions) straight.  Pretty soon I was completely immersed in this world though, and all that confusion fell away.  I really like Tris!  She’s easy to root for, feel scared for, and want to punch a fella for.  Four is an interesting character, and I like how his story develops and works with Tris’s story.  
I do still have some questions as how this future world works – as in if or how these factions ever work together, and how they keep things peaceful in this society.  This is the first in a series though, and I’m definitely reading on – in fact, I wonder if I can read the next book Insurgent before the end of summer break?  hmm… – so I hope some of the questions I have get cleared up there.  So, yeah, I really liked this one and can’t wait to read the next in the series! 
by Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegen Books, 2011
487 pages
Series:  Divergent #1
Source:  Purchased New
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  1. I'm glad you liked this one and it turned out to be enjoyable even though its been heavily hyped. That always makes me a bit nervous. Right now I'm actually kind of dreading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson because I'm afraid it's been overhyped.


  2. I put it off for so long because of the hype too, and I was actually a bit disappointed because I was expecting it to be AH-MAZING. But it was still good. I'm looking forward to the movie.


  3. i finished this yesterday and felt pretty much the same way! I made myself read/listen to another book before going on to Insurgent, but I know it won't be long!


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