Sunday, March 29, 2015

From the shelf: Divergent (Divergent #1)

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopian, YA
Date read: March 20-21, 2015
Dawn Rates:  (4/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

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.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

Why haven't I read this sooner? 

Once again, I was captured with the dystopian genre and most especially the premise of this story. I know that this would be compared to the "Hunger Games", well that's what all dystopian books suffer, but I liked this book. The post-apocalyptic world is divided into factions. Factions that everyone thought would be the solution in having a peaceful community: Candor (honest), Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (brave), Amity (peaceful) and Erudite (intelligent). Though this may seem like the perfect world, there would always be something missing, questions will be asked and someone will always be curious; that is human nature and Tris kind of represents that. No one can be just one thing, there would always be something missing. No one can compartmentalize and solely be that one thing because although that would seem like the perfect solution, there would always be cons and conflicts attached to it. I liked the movie but the book is so much better. Will I read the next installment? Hell yeah.

Till the next read..

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