Monday, October 10, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Published: May 3, 2011 by Harper Collins Children's Books
Format: Hardcover, 489 pgs
2011 Debut Author Challenge
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 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.
Mini-Review: An exciting debut full of adventure and intrigue that's set in a magnificent world brought to life by Roth's imagination.
In Veronica Roth's debut novel, the citizens of Chicago are divided into factions, each group dedicating their lives to a particular virtue. At the age of sixteen every teenager must decide whether they are going to stay with their family or leave the faction they grew up in to join another. Although she doesn't know it, the choice Beatrice makes will have consequences for everyone.
I was hooked immediately by the idea of the factions and what it would mean to give up your family forever because your instincts didn't coincide with theirs. Beatrice struggles to make up her mind and doesn't choose until it is her turn at the ceremony and she absolutely has to decide. And then things get really interesting. We're thrown into the world of a completely different faction, and we, like Tris, are exposed to an entirely new way of life. It's exciting. As soon as she makes her choice, Tris moves from one challenge to the next just to prove that she deserves to be a part of her new faction. She makes friends for the first time, experiences quite a few new things, and meets a boy she's drawn to: Four.
I love Four. He's wonderful, good looks and hot tattoos aside. I love his character. He isn't perfect or always nice. He's real and he's damaged and I absolutely love him. Veronica Roth has a way with creating real characters that you can't help but get attached to.
Everything about this book was fantastic: the plot, the world building, every single character (including her parents and brother!). Regardless of how you feel about dystopian books, you need to check this one out. I will be waiting
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