Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Review of Divergent, by Veronica Roth

Release Date: May 3, 2011. (HEY! It's my birthday!)
Amazon Says:
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, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
I Say: 
Get your hands on this book. Pet it. Worship it. Do NOT under any circumstances take it to school, because you will NOT do your work. I literally read the first chapter and forced myself to leave it home from a debate tournament. It is THAT good.
Beatrice's world has been split into factions. There are the selfless people, the happy people, the truthful, the knowledge seeking, and there are the courageous. (They're called differently in the book -- Amity, Dauntless, Candor, such and such.) Beatrice has been raised to be selfless. However, she's 16 now. She's 16, and it's time to choose what she will be for the rest of her life.
One choice. One life. The rest of her world is on this one choice. 
And the choice she makes? Yeah, it turns into one heck of a book.
I can't really say that much about this book without giving away too many awesome bits and pieces. But there is so much excitement. There is ROMANCE. And dude, it's a good one. It's a great one. There is familial drama, and political intrigue, and moments of breath-taking danger. 
Guys, I haven't wanted a sequel so badly since I first read Hunger Games.
You LIKE Beatrice. She's such a good character, because she's flawed, but you still really, really like her. She might be one of my favorite characters of all time. Her supporting cast is full and realistic, and -- just AGH. The guy, the guy, the guy! I love him so. And I can't say who it is.
Bottom line.
Read this book.
Read it as soon as possible. 
I promise, it will DEFINITELY be worth it.


Cipherqueen said...

*starts crying* Is it under $20? Can I FIND it at my crummy library?

*Grabs gift card and storms out the house*

And so the worshipping begins...

Sam said...

You should be able to find it once it comes out. It isn't out for a while, though. :P
-worships with you-

FloeticFlo said...

Recently finished this and agree with you 100%!