Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Review- Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent 
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian
Publisher: Harper Collins
Date Published: 03/05/2011
Rating: 5/5

Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place her in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

The story focuses on Beatrice Prior who lives in a society divided into five factions.Candor ( honesty and frankness), Abnegation (Selflessness), Dauntless (Bravery), Amity (Friendliness) and Erudite(Knowledge).
Beatrice is born into the Abnegation faction and following the theme of many dystopian novels when people turn sixteen they have to choose whether they will stay in their faction of birth or decide to join another one. Each sixteen year old has to go through a simulation which will determine which faction's are suitable for them, but for Beatrice the simulation gives a rare result, she is Divergent. This is something that is unheard of in the society.
She finally decided to leave Abnegation and pursue her life with a different faction Dauntless.

I loved how fast paced I found Divergent. Especially when Tris (Beatrice) decides to join Dauntless. Dauntless are renowned for fearlessness and there were many parts of the novel when the people in Dauntless had to do crazy stuff which kept me on edge. An example of this is train jumping which was just plain mad but so exciting to read.

I loved all the characters in Divergent, and how they each had their own story to tell. I liked the development of Tris as a character. From the obedient daughter to a fearless leader figure, you get to explore a daring and courageous side of her. She does things that she would have never imagined doing if she stayed in Abnegation.

Tris slowly starts developing feelings towards her Dauntless trainer Four ( Strange name I know, but you find out why he is called that). I loved Four's character and to see his relationship with Tris develop. Four isn't your typical male lead. He does not show the fact that he is head over heals with Tris instead he is hard on her which helps her become stronger and more brave.  The book doesn't primarily focus on their relationship which was refreshing to read and it did have a great plot outside this relationship.

Divergent is one of the most exciting and thrilling books I have read. There wasn't a moment where I was bored. I loved how Veronica Roth developed her dystopian world, the characters, the plot line and the romance was perfect! I honestly cannot wait to read Insurgent. 
A definite must read!

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1 comment:

  1. I LOVE this book!! Veronica Roth is made of pure genius!


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