Divergent by Veronica Roth
So I read this a while ago because it was only $5.99 on BarnesandNoble.com and the summary sounded interesting, so I bought it. BEST. DECISION. EVER. This book is seriously phenomenal. I even pre-ordered the second book in the series, Insurgent, and was freaking out when it didn’t immediately download onto my Nook on May 1st like it should have. That’s right, I’m obsessed.
If you like: The Hunger Games series, dystopian societies, science fiction, the future, Chicago, thrillers, action, surprises, romance, danger, girls kicking butt, the Matched series, or anything similar, you will like this book.
Beatrice Prior is 16 years old, and she’s about to make a choice that will change the course of her life forever. She has lived in Chicago her whole life, where people are divided into one of five factions: Abnegation, the selfless; Candor, the honest; Dauntless, the brave; Erudite, the intelligent; and Amity, the peaceful. Beatrice has been following the selfless ways of Abnegation for the past 16 years, but feels like her life isn’t complete. And to add to her stress, her aptitude test revealed that she is not suited for just one faction, but three: Dauntless, Abnegation, and Erudite, making Beatrice “Divergent”. Choosing Day finds both Beatrice and her brother Caleb choosing factions other than Abnegation, making them “faction traitors”. But Beatrice’s decision will make her stronger, wiser, and will allow her to fall in love. Of course, that is before the war begins.
Okay, even just writing that summary made my heart race. I adore this book. Seriously, like to the point where I may just cry for days if the movie adaptation isn’t casted/directed well…or if a movie adaptation isn’t made at all. Beatrice is a seriously excellent narrator, especially during the Choosing Ceremony (where I literally got the chills while reading). Though she constantly criticizes her own bravery, I can tell that I would never be so brave if I were to be put in the same situation. Rock on, Beatrice!! And the romance side of it…sigh. Tobias is my new favorite number (you’ll get what I mean when you read this lovely book!). In a time where it seems like every new YA book is a dystopian thriller, this book definitely rules over them all.
Genre: Science fiction, young adult, dystopian
Sequel?: Yes; Insurgent by Veronica Roth, and a third book to come out in 2013!
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