Divergent by Veronica Roth
Snynopsis from Amazon:
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.
I was a dystopian virgin prior to this book. I think I've found a new niche! I can't think of a word to describe how incredibly awesome this book was, okay so maybe incredibly awesome will have to suffice. I fell right into the life of Beatrice; she was such a well-rounded character that it made it difficult not to understand her, feel her emotions.
I'll admit that learning the different factions was a bit daunting at first, but the author did a great job with the characters of said faction and their personalities complemented the beliefs of that faction so thoroughly that it made it easy to understand once you get through the first couple of chapters.
I was engulfed in this very suspenseful, lengthy novel. It was 487 pages of action, life lessons, love, and daily struggles of a girl that is different than her peers. I adored the relationship between Four and Tris. It was a nice, slow-building romance for YA with the potential for more in the sequel.
I think the reason I was so enamored with this book was because of how the author took the morals and fears of the characters and made them so upfront and center that you couldn't help but take away valuable life lessons with you once you finished. I also liked the twists and turns; just when you think you know somebody, you find out something unexpected about them.
I cannot wait to read Insurgent!
It's darn near impossible for you to pick this book up and not get sucked in!
My Rating: 5 Stars