Saturday, June 4, 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. -

This was one of my favorite books that I've read recently.  Obviously I love the fact that it's a dystopian, but not all dystopians are created equally.  This one had just the right mix of action, sadness, romance, and political oppression that I love.  Beatrice was an awesome character.  I was interested to see how she was going to handle her training in the group she chose and I was so pleasantly surprised by her inner strength. 

I loved, loved, loved the boy that was her love interest.  I've always had a thing for this type of romance, and so I was totally on board to discover that the guy I liked was also the one she liked too.  He just a quiet something that you just had to love.  Kind of like Dimitri in the Vampire Academy novels.  Very well done there.

The story was smart, suspenseful and enjoyable.  I think this is the first of a new series, and I am so happy to hear that, because I'm definitely not done getting sucked into Beatrice' world.  I was sad when the story finished because I so wanted more!  The mark of a good book there!

I think Veronica Roth has a very bright future ahead, as she did a phenomenal job with this debut novel.  She had me at the first page and didn't let go. 
What a fabulous debut! I'm very much looking forward to the sequel!

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