Series: Divergent #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 3, 2011
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Sci-fi
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.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
“Decades ago our ancestors realized that it is not political ideology, religious belief, race, or nationalism that is to blame for a warring world. Rather, they determined that it was the fault of human personality – of humankind’s inclination toward evil, in whatever form that is. They divided into factions that sought to eradicate those qualities they believed responsible for the world’s disarray.”
‘Divergent’ was one of those books that I simply decided not to read (at first) because there was so much hype about it despite the fact that I’m a huge dystopian fan. When it was awarded the Goodreads Choice Award for Favorite Book of 2011 I still hadn’t had much interest in reading it though. Sometimes after that attention has died down I’ll decide to finally read it and almost a year after its initial release I’m finally doing it.
‘Divergent’ is set in dystopian Chicago where society is separated by factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Erudite (the intelligent), Amity (the peaceful), and Candor (the honest). At the age of 16 all individuals are to take an aptitude test which determines which faction they are best suited to and then pledge their loyalty to the faction of their choosing.
I had a hard time connecting with this book in the beginning, not because I didn’t find it interesting, but because I found this dystopian society interesting and I wanted to know more about it but it wasn’t thoroughly explained. I also had difficulty really feeling anything for the main character Tris; she was a hard one to get a hold on. The main issue I think I had was she was an extremely emotionless character. I enjoyed watching her development as the story continued though. Once she really started feeling a part of Dauntless was when she (and the story) really came alive for me. It took me 7 days to read the first 30% and 1 day to read the final 70%.
The action scenes and the impossible stunts these Dauntless members would undertake were exhilarating and an immense amount of fun to read. The ending was quite exciting and I honestly didn’t see it coming.