Divergent (Divergent #1)
by Veronica Roth
May 3, 2011: Katherine Tegen Books
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"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.Review
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." (Goodreads)
First, I would just like to say I seriously fell in-love with this book. I finished the book within a day. I was glad I read this at home and not outside because my face was making these funny contortions as I read. And I had to take a few moments breather because sometimes it just gets a little close to me. Hunger Games fans, we have a keeper here.
So what can I say that won't give away anything? As I read the book, I come to identify myself as Beatrice, who finds that one choice can change your life. She had everything and nothing to lose at the same time. I love her character because she's strong but is not afraid of showing and admitting her vulnerabilities. I simply love her.
The ordeals she will face is quite grueling. She will make friends and enemies along the way. She will learn that her perfect society may not be perfect at all. And that she's not the only one keeping secrets.
I won't even try to write down names here aside from Beatrice. Who's the guy? Who else to look out for? Ah. All part of the fun. The ending? I'm happy to say it's not the type of cliff-hanger that made me want to bang my head against the wall or scream out. I already screamed at some point while reading. I know you'll wait for the next book anyway. *wink*
So, before I thought I can be in the faction of Erutide (the intelligent). Every time I try to go into contests for this book that asks which faction I'll be most likely in that'll be my choice. But at the end of the book it's perfectly clear that I'm Dauntless! Hopefully after the book, you'll have yours too. I even took the quiz on the facebook page and it's official, I am Dauntless, baby!