- Reading level: Ages 14 and up
- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; Reprint edition (February 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062024035
- ISBN-13: 978-0062024039
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, 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 YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance. (Synopsis taken from Amazon)
WOW! Just, wow! What a book! I absolutely devoured this book in one sitting. I am still amazed at this story. I am now among all of the crazy Divergent fans anxiously anticipating Insurgent May 1. It cannot come soon enough.
Beatrice or Tris as she wishes to be called was awesome! She's tough and vulnerable and believable. She isn't confused and silly; she's a lot more than that. While she does struggle with her choice she only does because choosing otherwise affects her family. I loved her bravery that she shows when she chooses. I actually teared up at the choosing ceremony. It was done so well. One of my favorite parts of the book, but believe me there are so many favorites in this book.
The world that Veronica Roth has created is creative and the concept is so different. I was very much expecting something close to The Hunger Games and it just isn't that. It is so different! I actually enjoyed this so much better than The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games to me did not have romance, Divergent does and it is soooo good! I love Four. He's so enjoyable to read about and their romance was so good! It isn't forced or pushed on you or rushed at all, it just happens and as it is you're pulled into it and you find yourself giggling for Tris and Four.
I did have a few issues with this story that I don't understand why they were put in but I'd have to spoil it so lets just say I'm going to trust the amazing Veronica Roth with this story and I am willing to go into it wherever she may take it! Amazing book, go read it now!