Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Divergent - Veronica Roth


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.

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.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.


This book came out nearly a month ago. If you haven't read it by now...well...why the heck not?

Like many people, I was a little hesitant to pick this one up. Not because it was getting bad reviews, but because of the opposite. It was getting AMAZING reviews, and sometimes when that happens, I get my hopes all up, and then I read it only to find that the book just really isn't for me at all.

If this senario sounds familiar to you, take heart. Muster up your courage. Be brave.

Read this book.

For the love of all that is good, READ THIS BOOK. (I cannot stress this enough).

Take my hand.  Let me show you the way.  You will not regret it.

Veronica Roth (who is only like 23, and I am super-jealous of her writing ability...I want to capture her brain in a jar and make it tell me all its literary secrets...that's not creepy, is it?) has crafted an incredible dystopian landscape of a post-war society. The society has split off into five factions, each one holding one ideal (selflessness, bravery, honesty and so on) above the rest, and essentially shunning the others.

But when you turn sixteen years old, you are given a choice. Well, first you are given a test. The purpose of the test is to tell you which faction you are most suited to as a person. And while, in the end, the choice is entirely up to you as to which trait you devote your life to, there is a catch...you can't belong to more than one.

When Beatrice's results come back that she is a Divergent (a person torn between two or more factions), she is told to keep it a secret and move on with her life as quietly as she can, or else face exile.

Divergent is the story of the choice Beatrice makes, and how the results of a single choice in your life can change everything.

The characters in Divergent are amazing and beautifully complex.

There is action and adventure, heartbreak and romance, family and the pressures of society.

You have to read this book.

geekgirl demands it.

That is all.

<3 geekgirl

3 comments:

  1. I already read it, but you almost convinced me to read it again :) No, I agree, this book is amazing and deserves all the hype it gets. I see you are reading Ashes, Ashes now. Can't wait to get my hands on that one!

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  2. It is on my wishlist!

    I'm glad that someone else also gets cautious when a book has received so many amazing reviews. I'm not often disappointed, but I have been once or twice. Once I've bought a book I also don't like reading too many reviews on it until I'm done and my review is finished. Maybe I'm just odd that way...

    Shelagh
    The Word Fiend

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  3. I bought this book on my nook the day it came out and I still have yet to read it! I don't know what's wrong with me. Everyone says this book is amazing! I think I will make it my next book no matter what!

    Great review!

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