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Monday, January 23

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Title: Divergent

By: Veronica Roth

Series: Divergent Book #1

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (05/2011)

My Copy: Review copy from the publisher

BookWhisperer Rating:

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About the book:

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.

Reviews Plate Veronica Roth is a debuting author with some much potential it is frightening. Divergent has set on my bookshelf for months, and I just never really got around to taking a peek. Something yesterday struck me, and I just had to start reading it. This is a long story at just under 500 pages, but I managed it in a sixteen hour period. Please don't ask me how I accomplished this because I have absolutely no idea. All I can tell you is that once I started it was impossible to put down. Tris is a strong and courageous character that will instantly capture the reader’s attention. From the start she is young girl trying to please her parents and peers while feeling isolated, but as the story progresses it becomes more about her discovery and relentless courage. Her world is very unlike our own, and at first glance appears to be a peaceful and improved society, although, upon closer inspection this alternate reality proves to be a corrupted world that suffers from tyranny and segregation. An entire society is based on five virtues; that are extension of you. According to assessments your personality correlates to which faction you should belong. At the age of sixteen all children are tested, and this is followed by a ceremony in which they will chose where their future lies. Obviously, this causes some difficulty when children are raised in a particular faction, and their true nature proves they should belong with another. As Tris discover for herself this is a tragic and lonely journey when you must turn your back on your past to embrace an unknown future. This was a deep and emotional journey where each and every character is amazing. I was mesmerized by this story, and I continue to kick myself for not breaking this spine sooner. This is by far one of the best reads by The BookWhisperer for this year and last. I cannot wait to get my hands on Insurgent. BOOKWHISPERER FAVORITE!!!!

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1 comment:

maycee greene said...

What a fantastic review! I have heard a lot of positive things about this book. Your review actually just convinced me :) Thanks so much.

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maycee of Themed Gift Baskets