Friday, 20 May 2011
Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Format: Trade paperback
Released: May 3rd, 2011
Grade rating: A
In sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior’s world, society is divided into five factions – Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) – each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a “perfect society.” At the age of sixteen, teens must choose the faction to which they will devote their lives. On her Choosing Day, Beatrice renames herself Tris, rejects her family’s group, and chooses another faction. After surviving a brutal initiation, Tris finds romance with a super-hot boy, but also discovers unrest and growing conflict in their seemingly “perfect society.” To survive and save those they love, they must use their strengths to uncover the truths about their identities, their families, and the order of their society itself.
Divergent is the most exciting book I've read so far this year. It was so good that I sat and read it in one sitting, not even moving when I got hungry. Roth's vision of society fascinated me, her writing was compelling and her characters utterly addictive. I'm so, so glad it's the first in a series, because I want more as soon as possible!
In Tris's world, society was divided into 5 factions: Dauntless, Erudite, Candor, Abnegation and Amity. When teenagers hit the age of 16, they must then be tested to find out which faction they'll choose to belong to. Tris chose differently to how everyone thought she would, and soon started a new life in a new faction. Do you see why this book was so brilliant?! Dystopian fiction is one of my favourite genres, but lately nothing has stood out for me. Divergent did though, and it's now on my favourite dystopian list with The Hunger Games and Matched.
Tris was a fantastic character to get to know. She was smart, headstrong and determined, and basically a strong told model for girls. She didn't let family pressures dictate her choices, and I loved her for that. She knew what she wanted and she went out and got it. Her relationship with super-hot boy Four, which comes later in the book, was also a highlight for me, and I will be shipping them all through this series. I doubt things will run smoothly, but I'm not expecting them too.
Divergent was full of edge-of-your-seat action, and had handfuls of twists just waiting to be discovered. It was gripping in the best way, in that I'm-not-moving way that eats up a whole day and leaves you breathlessly in need of the sequel. Finishing Divergent reminded me of when I turned the last page of The Hunger Games for the first time, and all I could think about was either re-reading straight away or ambushing Suzanne Collins' editor for the next book. If I could do that here, I so would. Veronica Roth has exploded onto the YA scene leaving a cloud of dust in her wake, and she deserves every minute of adoration that comes her way.