Author: Veronica Roth.
Published: February 2nd 2012 (first published April 28th 2011)
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
ISBN: 0007420420 (ISBN13: 9780007420421)
Sort: Part one of ‘Divergent’
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.
Rating: 5 out of 5. Favorite.
”It must be because you’re so approachable,” I say flatly. “You know. Like a bed of nails.”
Beatrice Prior lives in a divided society. There are five factions, each based on a virtue, and they have their own responsibility. You have Candor (honest), Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (brave), Amity (peaceful) and Erudite (intelligent). 'Years ago, people realized that it’s not political ideology, religious believe, race or nationalism that is to blame for a warring world. They determined that it was the fault of human personality, so they divided the world into factions that sought to eradicate those qualities they believe responsible for the world’s disarray.'* On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select a faction they will stay for the rest of their lives. You can understand that it’s a hard choice.
Beatrice, her brother and her parents live in Abnegation and she doesn’t feel like she belongs there. It’s her turn to choose a faction. During the test, she is 'inclonclusive' and that makes her a 'Divergent.' (Which means that her test doesn't point to one faction, but more). Nobody must find out, because it's dangerous. At the Choosing Ceremony, Beatrice chooses for Dauntless. She must pass different tests before she is allowed in the faction. That's how she meets Four, an intruiging boy who is their instructor. But soon, he is becoming more for her.
When Tris finds out that Erudite and Dauntless are planning a war, she wants to know more about it. How will they persuade the Dauntless to fight against Abnegation? But the people from Erudite have everything covered and it’s up to Tris and Four to safe her old faction and to stop a war. Will they succeed?
Let me tell you this, the ending is filled with action. The book build towards it and it certainly delivers. I couldn’t put it down.
I’m not going to make a list about the things I liked and disliked, because there is nothing I didn’t like about this book. It has everything in it. From a sweet, developing love to a lot of action and dead people. Roth certainly doesn’t spare our heroin. Tris is a tough, brave girl. She is far from perfect: she is selfish and she makes some stupid mistakes, but that’s what I liked about her. It makes her real. She makes some amazing friends and of course the mysterious Four. From the moment they met, there was a certainly chemistry between him and Tris. He is a great character.
The storyline is wonderful. The world-building we get is great. You get the history of the factions and I find it fascinating. From the beginning you understood that something was going to happen. A society based on factions is doomed to fail. This tension, combined with the action we get in Dauntless, makes sure that the book never gets boring. This book really lives up to the high expectations I had.
There is so much more I want to tell you! There are so many things going on, like the different tests Tris must pass in order to become a Dauntless member and the secrets in her family. So really, if you haven’t read this one, buy it and devour it. It’s so good.
*This line is almost similar as the line in the book.