Title: Divergent (Divergent #1)
Genre: Young adult-dystopian
Published: 3rd May 2011
Source: Won in a giveaway from Mary at Bookhounds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Description from Goodreads.com
Hi!Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place her in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.
I’m rating this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Just so you can get an idea of what my review is going to be like, this book was as good as, if not better than, The Hunger Games. It was absolutely incredible.
The book sucked me right in. I had to pick it up whenever I had a spare moment and drag my eyes away from the page at midnight. Its mysterious, gripping plot-line is remarkable and and the compelling characters make me eager to know more.
What struck me as most brilliant in this book wasn't the amazing idea and alluring settings. It was the characters. Specifically, Tris' relationship with her friends. It wasn't we-met-and-we-already-had-everything-in-common-perfect-and-daisies-yay-friends-for-life. It was rough. The extreme situations they were thrown up against would have manipulated a person's personality in real life and this book stuck to that. It made SPOLIER Christina, Will and Al turn against her in her times of strength and I think is exactly would have happened.
As most dystopians do, this book made me ask the question "Could this really happen?" Because, really, who knows? At first I thought: "Hey this society would be alright! I'd be Eritude for sure." But as I got understand the depths and corruption in this 'perfect' society I thought: "Screw Eritude! I'm all Dauntless, baby!" And when you start imagining yourself in that world, you know you've read a good book.
All in all, a remarkable book. Outstanding idea with brilliant morals and undercurrent. I highly recommend to fans of dystopian YA lit for a thrilling, powerful and THOUGHT-PROVOKING read.
Thanks for reading!