Divergent by Veronica Roth
Narrator: Emma Galvin
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
Date Read: 2012
Genre: Dystopian, YA
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.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Series: Divergent #1
Also by this author: Allegiant, Divergent br> br>
Also in this series: Allegiant, Divergent
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50
First thought when Finished: Things are just starting to get interesting….where is the next book!
What I Loved: I need to hug Veronica Roth–she created a YA novel without a love triangle and with parents that care. I seriously find this amazing! I appreciate when the mold is broken and done well. I also loved the last 1/3 of the book! I can’t really talk much about it because I don’t want to give anything away (though I think I am one of the last people on the planet to read the book). Let’s just say that the action/suspense/intrigue were finally starting to fall into place. I started caring about the characters and what happened to them.
What I Liked: I thought the factions were a really interesting idea. I mean there has to be “fall-out” when you place one attribute above all others—you become corruptible. I thought that it was interesting look at how something that shouldn’t be cause for alarm can be the center of it.
What made me go Huh?: It took awhile for me to buy into this world. While on the surface the idea of how the factions are divided up is intriguing–I just didn’t get to see enough of each faction to buy it. How does being on of the 5: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), or Erudite (the intelligent)) lead to wide spread corruption. I just needed to see more of the faction interaction to buy into the world. I never quite got (till the end) why being Divergent was bad. Even in the end, it explained now why Divergent was bad but in the beginning why was it? If you chose a faction and live by the rules, I just didn’t see it being different that being a transfer. Maybe I am over-thinking it.
Final Thought: I did enjoy the book despite my problems with not connecting to the world.