Sunday, October 23, 2011

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

"Somewhere inside me is a merciful, forgiving person . . . " 
"I swear she exists . ." 
"But if I saw her, I wouldn't recognize her." 

This was so very close to being a 5 star book. I'm embarrassed to admit that there were numerous occassions where I had to place my hand over the opposite page because I continuously tried to glance ahead in an anxious attempt to see what would come next. 

The idea of the varying factions was unique and thought-provoking. It's obvious that in reality the complications with a similiar arrangement would be overwhelming, but it was entertaining when applied to this story. It would have been nice to receive some additional background explaining what led to the creation of the factions, but I have to assume that will come with future installments. 

It was easy to understand why Tris deviated from her previous faction (which won't come as a surprise), but difficult to truly understand how she fit in to the other. It was also difficult trying to see through to what made them more than a collection of wreckless imbeciles. It seemed like her new faction was based around acts of senselessness and irresponsibility. Thankfully, as the story developed, my skeptism was abated and shortly after I was able to lose myself within Tris' endeavors. 

Although the storyline has only a few similarities, I can see how this would be enjoyed by readers who were pleased with The Hunger Games. There is no Gale or Peeta, but that hardly matters once you're introduced to Four. 

The reasons that prevent me from giving this a solid 5 star rating are the events that occur prior to the ending. The change was so abrupt that it was jarring. I honestly was waiting for the moment that Tris would snap awake from a bad dream or realize she was in another simulation. That never happened. Of course, this complaint won't make sense until you've read the story. 

Overall, this book was lengthy, but extremely entertaining. It also gives me the ridiculous urge to jump from a speeding train ;) 

"I never used to understand why people bothered to hold hands as they walked, but then he runs one of his fingertips down my palm, and I shiver and understand it completely." 


Mariya @ Mystifying Paranormal Reviews said...

Easily one of the best books of the year! I loved this book and finally on board with the dystopian genre! =DDDDDDDD

Addicted2Heroines said...

I need to find more dystopian reads. I've heard that "Blood Red Road" is a really good one too.

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