Friday, June 15, 2012
Book review: Divergent
Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews. Linking up with Blonde... Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday.
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.
Oh man, did I love this book. I rated it four stars, but I might eventually go back and give it five. Really, you should read it.
So I was talking with Amy recently about how a lot of these futuristic, distopian (utopian? I'm never sure what the difference is) books are starting to be similar. And I think books definitely hit trends (vampires, amnesia, and zombies, recently).
This one is not like any I've ever read.
There were constant surprises, and I was sucked into the story the whole time. I loved the characters and found myself rooting for them, which is so important in a book, for you to want the characters to succeed.
I have no list. Just, go read it.
So excited for the next book, Insurgent. Now I just have to wait out the 20-some people who have holds at the library before me...
Have any of you read Divergent? Did you love it too?