By Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books, 2011
487 pages, hardcover
Date Finished: 15/6/2011
Genres: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Fantasy, Futuristic, Action, Romance
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.~First Line: "There is one mirror in my house."
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.
~Last Line: "I suppose the now, I must become more than either."
Review: I heard so many good things about this book in the one month before I started reading it. I wasn't surprised that it was amazing! Every book this week was the same exact way. :)
The main character, BEatrice, grew up learning to be selfless. But she's nowhere near having a selfless character. When it comes time to choose which divisioin she wants to live in for the rest of her life, it comes down to Abnegation (the selfless center she grew up in) and Dauntless (the home of truly brave people). Things officially become hard for her the moment she makes her choice. Dauntless.
The characters in Divergent were absolutely marvelous. Beatrice, who changes her name to Tris, always knew what she wanted and worked hard to get it. Tris's eventually boyfriend, Four, is pretty cool, too. He cares so much for Tris and is always there to help her when she needs it. You're probably wondering why his name is "Four" of allt hings; that's not actually his real name, only a nickname. Discovering his true identity was something I was not expecting.
Overall, this book really is amazing. If you haven't had a chance to read it, hopefully you'll win the giveaway so that you can! :D
Quotes from the book:
"Four [this is a person] leaving makes me nervous. Leaving us with Eric is like hiring a babysitter who spends his time sharpening knives."
"Christina tucks her hair behind her ears. . . . She cracks another knuckle. She looks nervous, and no wonder -- who wouldn't be nervous after watching Will collapse like a rag doll?"
"No one who would want to hurt Peter has the authority to, and no one who has the authority to punish him would want to."