by Veronica Roth
Published May 3, 2011
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five faction 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. 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.
I heard about this book for a while and was really wanting to read it especially after all the hype about it and the next book in the series, Insurgent. I also heard negative things about how it was too much like "the Hunger Games." Divergent had it's own uniqueness (obviously) but I can understand why some people would say it was a bit like "The Hunger Games" I know some points of the book reminded me of it but not much so I wasn't disappointed in any way. It was a quick and fun read. I whizzed through this book in one night while my boyfriend was working and I had nothing else to do. I couldn't put it down and when I did all I wanted to do was get back to it. I loved the setting and the characters. Each had interesting personalities and some of which I loved and some in which I hated very much and made me dislike the character just like the main character did.
It's pretty much like the summary says. It's about Beatrice Prior, a 16-year-old girl who lives within the Abnegation faction. At 16 they are all tested to see which faction would best suit them when it came to the Choosing Ceremony but Beatrice's results come back as "inconclusive" and have to remain a secret and gets no answers from anyone, nor can she ask or speak of it.
I also enjoyed the romance part of it (because you can't have a YA book without some romance right?) I wont speak his name because I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't read it yet but I found him very mysterious and intriguing to me. A little deep and secretive but romantic at the same time. I had a certain picture of him in my head, which of course I'll keep to myself also but it's pretty much exactly what I said above. He has a sweet personality but doesn't want to overly show it or let it be known to everyone else.
All in all it was a good read. I finished it a few weeks back and can't wait to get my hands on Insurgent now that it's out. I usually don't read one book unless I have them all, that way I don't have to sit and wait a long time and I can just jump into the next one right after but since the book store is so far away here it's not possible so this time I'll just have to wait. Another 5/5 book for me!