Rating: YA 14+
First off, let me just say that I honestly cannot believe that I waited this long to read this book. Probably because I was a little skeptical about how this book was going to turn out as it was Veronica Roth's first novel. However, picking up this book from the library shelf was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Okay, I might be exaggerating a little bit... but I seriously loved it. Like, love love loved it. There are many books out there that one might read and think, oh, what a good read. But there are only a few books that make an impression on you, and stand out... books that you will probably remember a long time after you have read them, because you can relate to them... reading the book is like reading your life story. Or maybe it's because you fall in love with the characters... or maybe you just loved the book. A lot. For whatever reason it may be, the book is going to stay with you for a long long time. I hope I'm making sense... or is it just me who feels like this sometimes?? Whatever the case, I absolutely loved Divergent. My only critique is that it should have been longer, because that's just how much I loved it. I know I'm repeating myself a lot but there is just no other word to describe how I feel about this novel other than the word love. L-O-V-E.
I tore through the entire 487-page book in an afternoon -- an afternoon when I was sick with a cold and supposed to be napping. Instead, I was locked in my bedroom reading. (Shhhh. Don't tell.) I had so much fun!
Divergent is set in future-day Chicago. Beatrice (Tris) is going to take the aptitude test, a test to determine which of the five factions she belongs in. The choice will be hers, she will decide the rest of her life, and whether she stays with her family or abandons them. The five factions are: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). *SPOILER ALERTS* To everyone's surprise, including herself, she chooses Dauntless. *gasp!*
I have to admit, one of the main reasons I liked Divergent so much is because of Four. Four is one of the trainers Tris encounters in Dauntless. Tris describes herself as being 'drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her.' Four, in my opinion, is the perfect guy. He is brave and fierce, yet at the same time he has a very vulnerable and soft side to him. Tris is also one of my absolute favorite characters of all time. Unlike most female book characters these days, Tris seems real. She is real. I think that the worst book characters are the ones who are unrealistically brave and self-sacrificing... characters whose personal thoughts and opinions sound planned out... fake characters. It's impossible to relate to those types. This book was most definitely not the case. Roth made Tris raw and open when she needed to be, and brave and strong when the time came. Every single emotion... every word that Tris spoke was believable. As the reader, I went through every up and down, every high and low with Tris... and I felt every heart-break and every joyful moment with her. *SPOILERS OVER*
I have to admit I am a little nervous about how Divergent the movie is going to turn out. Some books, I think, are better to just be left as great books. However, it is understandable why there is going to be a movie based on this book. Full of action and adventure, a heart-stopping romance and a killer plot, Divergent keeps the reader captivated till the very end. The next book in the trilogy, Insurgent is coming out soon and I can't WAIT to get my hands on it!
5 Muffins- Positively Enticing!
If you like this, try:
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games trilogy #1) by Suzanne Collins
Delirium (Delirium trilogy #1) by Lauren Oliver
Legend by Marie Lu