Divergent (Divergent #1) - by Veronica Roth
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
I should start by saying that until now I had resisted the pull of this book. For some reason, I avoid books that everyone seems to read, because there's politics involved and everything, but once pretty much every one of my friends who reads had told me to read it, I could no longer resist. And thank GOD they did. Now I have to go and read TMI, Twilight and PJ, but I'm sure I'll get to those!!
Ok, so for those of you who don't know about this book, it's a dystopian book. It's set in a world where, to avoid war, people decided to break up into 5 factions. These factions are: Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, Erudite and Candor and each faction stands for a different thing. Abnegation values selflessness above all (a group of selfless people, so people who put others before them selves), Dauntless values bravery, Amity values peace and compassion (i think...), Erudite knowledge and Candor honesty. In this world, when you turn 16 you have to choose which faction to become a part of. Leaving your faction is pretty traitorous, tbh, so it's kinda decided for people. But Beatrice chooses a different path - she chooses to leave.
This book is fast paced and really really good. I love the idea of it, and the whole book I was questioning which faction I'd be in. Every twist and turn and when you see what each faction involves, it kinda made me want to be a different person. I could really identify with Tris (as Beatrice changes her name) and I found that really useful. It was very good, kept me on my toes with all of the turns.
The end is also nice - it leaves the story at a nice point in time, and I could easily go away and read another book if I wanted to. To be quite frank, one of the only reasons I'm writing this is because I promised a friend that we'd read the second and third ones together so I'm waiting for her to be ready (you know who you are!). But in all seriousness, if you're like me and stay away from the books everyone tells you to read, give it up for this one!
This book is actually quite simple. By simple I don't mean that theres no twists or its a simple story line, it just means that I feel like I know as much as all of the characters I've been introduced to. It's not like I've been given a glimpse at the web that lies beneath the characters, which are only on the top layer. I feel like I'm in the perspective of someone under the web, who can see it all but still has to unravel it, you know?
Anyway, this book is good. Lot's in it that you could take. I've learned from Tris and the other characters a lot, and I hope that I can apply those things to my life. I've learned much from them and hope that you have too!
Hope you enjoy, and let me know what you think!!
Queen of Reading,
Keep on reading, forget the dreaming!