Sunday, August 28, 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth


Divergent (Divergent Trilogy #1)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Teagan Books
Pages: 487
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstance.

Let me just start by saying Veronica Roth was brilliant in her decision to make this book. Divergent was well written and a definite page turner. I originally got the book to have for a camping trip. I wanted something to read on those dull moments and on the car ride there and back. Once I started it I had a hard time putting it down. My parents had to continuously tell me to "put it down and come socialize." Honestly it started off kind of slow but only because it took the time to explain everything on how the world worked and the descriptions on the different factions which in the end I appreciated. I absolutely loved it. The end was unexpected and brilliant!

Beatrice (Tris) is such a strong willed character and I loved her because of it. Often the main girl character tends to be so weak and emotional it gets rather annoying but not for Tris. She knows what she wants and will try her very best to accomplish what she needs. She was willing to give up her own life for the ones she loves. It was action packed and emotional (it made me cry). Of course there was some romance (what kind of book would a YA book be without romance). Four was in my opinion very attractive. The book ,unlike most, didn't revolve around Tris and Four's romance. Their love wasn't well known but, in its own way, was cute and romantic. All in all I absolutely loved it and can't wait for its second installment which the title has recently been released. The second book in the series will be Insurgent. *Stay tuned for more updates!!

*Me, being a helpless romantic when it comes to books (just so you know) will almost always have a favorite love quote 
**WARNING: Content might contain spoilers:
"'I have something to tell you,' he says.
I run my fingers along the tendons in his hands and look back at him.
'I might be in love with you.' He smiles a little. 'I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though.'
'That's sensible of you,' I say, smiling too 'We should find some paper so you can make a list or chart or something.'
I feel his laughter against my side, his nose sliding along my jaw, his lips pressing behind my ear.
'Maybe I'm already sure,' he says, 'and I just don't want to frighten you.'
I laugh a little.  ' Then you should know better.'
'Fine,' he says. 'Then I love you.'"

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