Divergent by Veronica Roth
My Rating: 5 stars
In Beatrice’s world, when one turns sixteen, the ultimate choice is made. One choice decides your future, your friends, and your values. At sixteen you must choose your faction: Abnegation, the selfless; Amity, the peaceful; Candor, the honest; Dauntless, the brave; or Erudite, the intelligent. From that choice on, you leave your home, family, and past behind to create a new life within your faction.
Beatrice makes a choice that genuinely shocks everyone – even herself. She leaves her mother, father, and brother behind, departing from the world of Abnegation into the lives of the Dauntless. She shortens her name to Tris, and makes a few friends, a quite a number of enemies. After a while, Tris begins to notice that everything really isn’t what it seems, and the lies and corruption begin to show through the façade of perfection.
I am a sucker for dystopian societies. All dystopian books are so great and so different, that I could never pick a favorite, but Divergent is definitely up there. Divergent really just ruined my life in the best way possible, if that makes any sense). I really don’t want to give much away because it will ruin the reading experience but every chapter held something new and there were thousands of twists and turns that I would have never predicted. The whole plot is so original and unique and it still continues to amaze me. The whole time I was reading, I kept trying to decide what faction I would choose. (I have yet to actually make a choice – when I think about it too much I become extremely stressed and then give up.) I really love how this novel is not just about the choice that must be made. It’s mostly about the corruption of the factions separately and as a whole. I think Tris is an excellent main character. I love her mind and her way of thinking. She’s really strong and she always seems to try to do what she thinks is right. And when I say that Divergent ruined my life – I mean it. There were actually a few times I had to put the book down and just take a break. I became way too attached to the characters and the plot became too much for me to handle at some points. When I had reached the last few chapters, I actually avoided reading for a day because I needed time to prepare myself. Honestly. I need to order the sequel, Insurgent ………..now.