Series: Divergent #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on April 25th 2011
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.
Short & Sweet: I know, why haven’t I read Divergent until now? Was it the movie that finally prompted me.. maybe, but I finally read it. I’ll be honest, I enjoyed it, I really liked Tris and Four and I’m a little worried about seeing the movie since I didn’t picture either of them looking anything like they do in the movie. Divergent didn’t blow me away though, maybe I’m a little dystopian-ed out. I liked Tris and her growth in this book, though I worry for the relationship she is started with Four in the next two books. The action is also great, moving a rather thick book along quickly and making for a much quicker read than I initially thought it would be.
Final Verdict: I’m a bit weary moving onto the next book because I hear they are not as good from here on out, but I will have to see for myself. I hope Insurgent still focuses in on the overlying plot without too much focus on the relationship. Overall, Divergent delivered what was expected – a dynamic plot with dystopian elements and a blooming love plot with a dreamy and rough around the edges love interest.