Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Book Review # Dos: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Okay, so I had been hearing alot about Divergent before I got to read it. A lot of people were saying that Hunger Games had finally found its match with this book, so i had pretty high expectations. Lets just say, it wasn't what was expecting. At all.

And I loved it.

Here's the synopsis:

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.

Wow, so yeah, this was a great book. I love books that have me question things like my values and priorities and basically get me really thinking. And this was definitely one of those. Big time. Haha, I once stayed up till almost 2 in the morning reading it (shh.... don't tell my mom that...), it was so hard to put down. I loved the plot and characters, even though if I'm honest, it was sometimes frustrating to see the way that Tris' society was beginning to affect her... which got me thinking again about the above again :)

Also, I especially loved the theme that bravery is also selflessness, and that it is not the absence of fear, it is acting in spite of your fear.

But other than that, it was an gripping story with romance, action, amazing characters, and some mystery to boot :) I'd definitely recommend this and can't wait for the sequel, Insurgent!!

1 comment:

  1. I actually haven't read the Hunger Games because they didn't sound very appealing to me, but this premise sounds a lot more interesting. My goodness, I have so many books to read...