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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.
Briana from Bree's Books recommended Divergent to me and in the past she's recommended some of my now favorite books to me, so I immediately went out and bought Divergent after her recommendation. Briana has still yet to steer me wrong! I absolutely adored this book, it is now one of my absolute favorites! So since I loved it so much, this review is a little longer than my others because I can't help but gush over how epic Roth's writing is.
If you looked up 'the most kick-butt female characters ever created' in an encyclopedia you would see the name Tris. She is the most amazing, yet realistic character I've ever read about. She is incredibly brave, likable and driven. I loved how all of her decisions throughout the book stayed true to her character. Sometimes I feel like an author will take a cop-out by having a character react a certain admirable way, but Veronica always had Tris's thoughts first in mind.
Just about as soon as I met the character Four I was swooning all over the place! He is, by far, the most original love-interest in the young adult genre. At first I was like, 'why the heck is this kid named after a number', but when we found the reasons behind his odd name, I loved it! I kind of figured out who exactly the mysterious Four was a little early on, but I still enjoyed unraveling his past along with Tris.
I adored how Roth incorporated Four and Tris's romance into Divergent. It wasn't a first priority, but it would reappear throughout the book. I loved how Four wasn't trying to be Tris's knight in shining armor, he acknowledged that Tris was strong on her own. He supported Tris and viewed her as an equal instead of a damsel in distress, which there needs to be way more of in books.
All of the supporting characters were extremely well done. I felt like I got to know just enough about each one of them without getting bombarded with too much detail. Each character had their own unique personality and brought in all kinds of different relationships (friends, boys, bullies, brothers, parents). Tris's mother definitely took my breath away, I don't want to say too much, but she definitely surprised me.
I absolutely loved that the story took place in a dystopian Chicago. I've only been there a couple times when I was little and once to Navy Pier with school, so I only remember some parts. It was so cool picturing the city in ruins and imaging the group in Navy Pier. I also adored each of the fractions' headquarter's, especially Dauntless! It was hardcore and fit the fraction's personality so well. Roth made it so easy to picture myself walking the halls among the rest of the initiates because of her flawless descriptions.
I kind of felt like the ending came a little quickly, but that's probably because I wish this book could have gone on forever. The events leading up to the climax of the story had my heart pounding and furiously turning pages to find out what happened next.
"But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can't be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders."
Divergent took my breath away. It's been about a week since I finished it and I still can't get it off my mind. Roth's descriptions are so magnificent that I felt like I was walking the Dauntless headquarters with Tris and her crew. I loved how bravery was talked about, just because you're fearless doesn't make you courageous. It's how you over come those fears that makes you brave. Veronica Roth's writing is genius. I can't believe she wrote this book in college! I seriously can't wait to get my hands on her book two! This review didn't even begin to cover all of the things I love about this book, but I don't think the internet has enough space available for my rant of love for Divergent.