Dystopian / Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica RothTITLE: Divergent (Divergent #1)
AUTHOR: Veronica Roth
PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books
RELEASE DATE: Feburary 28, 2012
PAPERBACK: 487 pages
GENRE: Dystopian 
FOLLOWED BY: Insurgent

SYNOPSIS: 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.
(Source: Goodreads)

5+ starsREVIEW: Wow…I didn’t realize how good this book was going to be. I mean seriously, it was awesome! :O I fell in love with the characters *snaps fingers* just like that!

Theme:
Divergent deals with Identity and Family. It is about how people always want to fit in, and this makes it hard on a person to be themselves because they will feel like the outsider. Divergent shows the strength, courage, perseverance, and determination a person can/should have in life.

Plot:
In Beatrice Prior’s life, society is grouped in five factions–Abnegation, Erudite, Candor, Dauntless, and Amity.

When kids turn the age 16, they must take an aptitude test that will tell them which faction they belong to. Next, they must decide whether they will stay in the faction they were born in or switch to another faction.

When Beatrice Prior takes her aptitude  test, there is an error. The test does not pick one faction but three for her to decide from. This is not normal, and now Beatrice is what they call…Divergent. Now she must decide what she is going to do. Stay in her born faction? Or risk switching to another faction knowing she can be caught as being a Divergent.

Beatrice chooses Dauntless and changes her name to Tris. New life, new identity. But being Divergent comes with consequences. Did she make the wrong decision in choosing Dauntless?

Characters:
Tris→ Tris is different. I love her personality and how she is so curious in life when she shouldn’t be.

Four→ Okay, I will admit…I have fallen in love with Four. He is so..mmm! I love everything about him! His looks, his personality, his demeanor..everything! I seriously fell in love with him when he first made an appearance in the book.

Everyone’s personality is different from one another. You can really see the difference in every character’s personality. They seem like real life people who struggle to fit in.

Style/Setting:
Divergent takes place in Chicago. Veronica Roth’s terminology for the factions are interesting and fun to learn about. To me, she picked the best five identity traits to group in factions because they are the most popular traits most people want to have in life—Knowledge, Fearless, Selflessness, Peace, and Truthful. The simulation test they take at age 16 is similar to a personality test. It decides where you belong and how you should act.

I love the romance in the novel. It isn’t love at first sight. The love between the two characters grew slowly as they learned more about one another.

Although, the book may seem a little slow, it has this constant pace where you are always learning new information and becoming  more and more suspenseful with every page you turn.

Lesson Learned? It is okay to be different.

Be sure to check out Four initiation “The Transfer (Divergent #0.1)” and a scene from Divergent in Four’s POV, “Free Four (Divergent #1.5)”.

Check out the Divergent trailer; movie premiering March 21, 2014.

**Highly Recommended

Rating:
Book Cover: .5
Character Development/Plot: 3 out of 3
Interest: 1 out of 1
Imagery: 1 out of 1
Total: 5+ stars

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