This is, without a doubt, one of my all time favorite books. Even more impressive is the fact that this is a first book for a new author. I’m very impressed, and cannot wait for the rest of the series. I have read this book several times over, and I like it more every time. I loved this book, and I think anybody who liked the Hunger Games series, or really any dystopian fiction will too. In fact, even if you don’t like dystopian stories (or haven’t read much) you will still be impressed by this book. I recommend this book to every Teen or Young Adult reader.
Beatrice lives in a world of five factions. Which faction you chose to continue your life after 16 in decides everything. Your friends, your enemies, even your family is affected. “Faction before Blood” is the saying in all the history books. The actions are supposed to make everything easier to live life the way you want. For Beatrice, she finds herself choosing between 2 factions: Dauntless, the Brave, the one she feels she belongs to, and Abnegation, the Selfless, and the one she was born into, the one she has her family in. Her logic is that it would be truly selfless to stay in Abnegation, yet also truly brave to switch from Abnegation to Dauntless, something only one person has ever done before. As Tris makes her decision and struggles to live life the way she really wants to, she fights with herself, and everyone around her. She tries to remain loyal to old friends and family, while also trying to be truly Dauntless, as opposed to the vicious aggressive faction that Dauntless has seemed to have become. Along the way, she also has to deal with Four, one of the Dauntless initiate teachers. Who he is, how she sees him, and most confusing, how he sees her. Her dangerous secret only confuses things more for her. While dealing with everything else, she also has to deal with the dangerous truth of what she is: Divergent. Not fit to follow only one faction’s ideals, but more than one. What this really means, is that Tris is not afraid to be who she feels she is and wants to be, no matter how dangerous that might be for her.
This book was amazing. Divergent had a gripping yet unique plot, incredible characters who you really can understand and relate too, great descriptions of almost everything you could want to know about what is happening, and overall, it all fit smoothly together. No lose ends that you don’t expect to be finished by the rest of the series, no rough edges or seams between two different plot threads. Everything fit together perfectly. I would be hard pressed to find something I really didn’t like about Divergent. This is an incredible story, and I loved every single moment of it.
— Amber, age 14
About the Book:
Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: 05/2011