Series: Divergent #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 3rd 2011
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Ever since I caught a glimpse of the cover and summary for Divergent, I have been dying to get my hands on a copy. Not too sure what to expect, I went into this novel pretty blind, just hoping that it would live up to all the hype that I had been hearing.
Divergent focuses on Beatrice's world where there are five fractions. Each fraction representing a part of the whole: Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (peacekeeping), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (bravery), and Erudite (intelligence). For Beatrice, her life as Abnegation is nothing but black and white. So when she gets the chance to make a change in her life, she dives head first into transforming herself as a Dauntless. Here she can become Tris. The girl that she has always longed to be. No longer is she the girl always putting everyone first and herself last.
In a lot of ways, Divergent lived up to the hype. A fast paced dystopian novel that introduces a fresh plot and outstanding characters. Roth surprised me by just how enjoyable every aspect was. I really was expecting to be let down, but Roth completely made me a believer in her world. As for the romance, I am on the fence. Tris and Four have some incredibly beautiful moments and lots of back and forth. I loved their chemistry and bantor.. while becoming frustrated over Four's constant aloofness.
All in all, Divergent left me wanting me. And my oh my, what an ending. I love, love when I do not see the endings coming. Divergent completely surprised me with all those twists and turns. I simply cannot wait for more.