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.One of my most favorite things as a reader is finding good books. One of my least favorite things as a blogger is finding good books. Why? Because for one star books, I can rant and complain. For five star books, it is impossible for me to find bad things. Or its really difficult.
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.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series--dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
Divergent is one of those books that I can find bad things if I try. But I really like the premise of it. Compared to most of the YA dystopians, this is really good.
I like Tris. At first, I thought she would be one of those wimpy heroines that were being "tough". (Running around swooning over stalker guys.) But she actually learned how to fight and wouldn't be pushed around by anyone.
I really enjoyed the world building. It seems well thought out.
Four is very interesting to read about. Aside from the fact that I don't really think the name "Four" is that sexy or dangerous, Four is a great character. The build up between Tris and Four seems real and not hurried.
The writing flowed smoothly. Everything seemed very vivid.
The plot moved well. There was actually a high point to the story, unlike so many others.
The ending was really good. It wasn't a cliffhanger, thank God, but it left me wanting more.