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.
When Divergent came out, everyone was all like, “OMG Colleen! You HAVE to read it!” And I was all like, “Yeah, okay, when I get around to it.” Well, I put it on my Christmas wish-list and the hubs got it for me. I was about three pages in when I realized that I had been a twit to wait this long to read it. Because guys? It’s full of the awesomesauce.
The thing is, I can’t really talk a lot about the plot or story without ruining it for those why haven’t read it yet. So this will be a sort of vague review. What I can tell you is that I LOVED the layering of Tris’ story. There are different elements and lots of things going on that just made me so freaking happy. I love when things that seem to have nothing to do with one another come together for that “OH!” moment. That happens a few times in Divergent and each time made me giggly.
Okay, I can’t do my review without mention one of the other characters, Four. I’m not one to get crushes on book characters. It just doesn’t happen. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I thought a male character in a book was swoon-worthy (I think it was Gilbert Blythe about a zillion years ago when I first read Anne of Green Gables). With that being said, I just love Four. The boy made me sigh quite contently a few times during the book. I can’t even put my finger on why I kinda fell for him. He’s just a great character.
Speaking of great characters, they are splattered throughout Divergent. And bad guys! Jeez, there were a couple of characters that I had a great time hating.
I think this is one of my favorite dystopian reads. And to say I am impatiently waiting for the sequel would be putting it mildly.