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.
Look at that beautiful cover.
I loved this book. 4.3 stars. This is really a book about self-discovery and owning up to who you are, what your talents are and what you’re going to use them for. After this book, I was really disappointed. Unlike Prodigy, the sequel to Legend, both by Marie Lu, I felt like Veronica Roth didn’t make a sequel to beat the first book. She made a sequel to follow up on the first book, which isn’t enough.
I had a great time reading this book, but on a deeper, more psychological level, there’s a lot to be said about this book. Alan Moore said in V for Vendetta, “People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” And that’s true. There’s a lot to be said about what governments everywhere. When governments start taking things away, when does that stop? Who decides that that gets to stop? Can we even stop it? But then there’s the people. The will, hope and strength of the human mind, body and soul never ceases to amaze me both in stories and real life. This book is a representation of why governments fear special people. Because they’re special, while some people will sit around and let the world go by, those people are leaders. Those people are heroes, and they will never stop fighting for something better.
My teacher had a problem with the violence in this book, but she thought it was necessary to prove the point that the book made. About heroes, war, discovering who you are, why the government fears people who think outside the box, part of the violence in this book pushed that. It was really insightful, and I’m really glad I read it. It was like I wanted something, and Veronica Roth just handed it to me. A truly enjoyable read that was action packed, a ton of fun and highly recommended. Exactly what I was looking for at the moment. Very satisfactory.
pg count for the hardcover: 487
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