“I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”
Yes friends of the internet, I have finally entered the Divergent world. I refused to start Veronica Roth’s best selling series until it was complete and since the final installment was released in October, I decided it was time to start.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this series (as there are about 83 million Dystopian style YA books out there), but I figured it had to stand out to get a movie deal and be so popular.
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.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
So what’s my vote? I enjoyed it. I think the way the society is divided up is an interesting take on humanity and what people deem as the most valuable attributes of a person and how easily something “innocent” can be corrupted. Roth’s writing keeps you intrigued and is fast paced. There’s surprises in the plot, like what happens to characters (talking to you A & W) and even the main characters themselves. I’m not only interested to see what happens, but also looking forward to seeing even more character development.
I’ve heard a handful of people say they enjoy this one more than The Hunger Games, but I think I’ll finish the series before making up my mind. So far, can’t say I agree, but I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series (and thanks to Cyber Monday, I got the other two for $10 – Rockstar status deal)!
So chime in friends! Have you read it? What’s your thoughts? Has this dethroned other series?