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, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
It’s been a few months since I read this, and I was not doing my blog yet, I enjoyed it greatly so thought it deserved a mention.
I was instantly hooked, I do like dystopian books but this one blew me away, it was well thought out and extremely clever. It was more than just people put in a situation and have to fight or survive, it was a whole new government that made sense and since it had flaws it was more realistic. I loved Tris and thought she made a loveable but realistic character, you could imagine her being your friend. Four was interesting, he was not what he seemed , in a good way, everything he did was with an agenda, (mostly good). I am not wanting to give too much away as I think if you have not read it, you should.
It is being made into a film for 2014 and I am looking forward to it, hoping they can do it justice. I’m not sure why but my favourite character is Will. Hope they can get a good actor for him, because he plays a crucial role (in my view anyway). Since I cannot remember where this one ended and the next began I do not want to say too much, looking for to the third one coming out in a few months.
I am away for a few days so the Top Ten Tuesdays post will be done on Wednesday or Thursday this week. Until then bookworms.
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- Divergent and the virtues: a review of sorts (alexanderschimpf.wordpress.com)
- Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth (memyselfandboston.wordpress.com)
- Divergent and Insurgent – Veronica Roth (whatshesreadingnow.wordpress.com)
- NEW Divergent Still From USA Today! (iamdivergent.com)
- Review: Divergent (2011) by Veronica Roth (booknerdglaze.wordpress.com)
- Divergent by Veronica Roth (chey560.wordpress.com)