Thursday, June 2, 2011

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by 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.

Divergent by Veronica Roth had me reading and reading all the way to the end.I just couldn't put it down. The  basic premise of the story  is a girl who does not fit in with what her parents expect of her and wants to go her own way. She knows the path she has chosen is difficult but she is willing to go through with it even at the cost of never seeing her family again. Tris world is set in a dystopia world  controlled by a government who never wants a war. Everyone is divided into 5 factions : Abnegation,Amity,Candor,Dauntless, Erudite. Each factions stands for trait that fits your personality. But there is a problem with that  Tris  is Divergent and know one must know. 

I felt as if Beatrice as well as Tris has grown on me through out the novel. Beatrice has  expreinced hardships and reshaping of her ingrained ideas of the world. Everything has changed now and has become  Tris a but kicking tough Dauntless. She has learned to loved, cry, fight, as well as survive.

 I think personally the reason why this YA read is riveting is because we too as young adults face these challenges. Perhaps not in the setting of a dystopian world but in a world where  we try to figure out who we are and what we plan to do in the future. 
 I feel like someone breathed new air into my lungs. I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent. And I can't be controlled...
I learned something from Tris. You are who you are and you should follow your dreams. 

  • Divergent is the first book of the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth. The second book should be out late 2011 or early 2012. 

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