Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Sci-fi, Romance
Format: Paperback from Powerbooks
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”
Better late than never right? I am gonna assume everyone who will read this review have already read or watched the movie adaptation of this book and skip the summary part and just tell you my thoughts. I read this book before the movie was released and I honestly think I read it haphazardly that I decided to re-read it again. I was glad I did it and it did brought out a lot more feels this time. Maybe it’s because I can’t help but picture Theo James while reading lol
“Then I realize what it is. It’s him. Something about him makes me feel like I am about to fall. Or turn to liquid. Or burst into flames.”
I was really not into dystopian or sci-fi books and I am very much in love with the contemporary genre. But sometimes you get tired of the same thing and look for some excitement that will spice up your life, and this was what Divergent was to me. Veronica Roth didn’t just made me swoon over the characters but she also made me feel like I was there there, like I was in the book. I felt my imagination kicking in and I can’t help but imagine what if it was real. I was out with my dad, and while passing by places, sometimes I’ll imagine them connected to factions. See schools have Choosing Ceremony, imagined city halls governed by Abnegation, big buildings that contain a lot of Erudite doing research, hectares of farm land tended by Amity and pictured this courthouse near our house having Candors debate. See what I meant?
But just like Beatrice or Tris, I had a lot of conflicting thoughts about this book, especially the character’s personality. I liked Tris’, but I was thinking if this were another YA book I would be really irritated with her. I just let her have the excuse that she is “divergent”, therefore she was allowed to have a LOT of conflicting thoughts, towards her faction, her actions and her feelings. Any female kickass character is bound to fall in love and this is where the hot and swoon worthy Tobias or Four enters. He was the usual guy character carrying a bad guy façade with a lot of muscles and of course a very handsome face. I liked that his character was a consistent one and although he revealed his feelings for Tris he never became a softy, he was still badass Four. It wasn’t a case of instant love, but they did have an obvious attraction to each other when they first met. Ok, maybe it was destiny, whatever. Roth didn’t leave any character behind and although the story revolved on Tris’ survival in her new chosen faction and her being divergent. She made sure readers will also enjoy, love and hate every person Tris have met. Every character on this book was relatable in some ways. This might have been a sci-fi book but if you look deeper into ourselves, we’ll discover an Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite deep within us.
“You think giving you a hug would give away too much?” he says.
“You know,” I say. “I really don’t care.”
I stand on my tiptoes and press my lips to his.
It is the best moment of my life.”
Overall, I enjoyed this book more after reading it again(or listening because I tried the audiobook too). This was the first dystopian book I really enjoyed a lot. It had the right mixture of action, friendship, romance, betrayal and family. Ok, I think it had everything, just like how each characters, major or minor, had their own moments. If it wasn’t for my regular church duties I would have finished this book in less than a day.
“Who is he when he isn’t Dauntless, isn’t an instructor, isn’t Four, isn’t anything in particular?
Whoever he is, I like him. It’s easier to admit that to myself now, in the dark, after all that just happened. He is not sweet or gentle or particularly kind. But he is smart and brave, and even though he saved me, he treated me like I was strong. That is all I need to know.”