Series: Divergent #1
Published by Katherine Tegan Books on February 28, 2012
Genres: 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.
What I Thought…
I read this book in one day. I read this book when I should have been doing other things. I read this book into the night when I should have been sleeping. I gave it 4.5 stars is because I had a few minor issues with the book.
I loved all of the characters; major and minor, good and evil. Tris’ struggles with who she is and what she will become were well written as well as her initiation into her faction. Some of the choices she has to make are hard, and remind me a little of Katniss in The Hunger Games. The simulation scenes for both Tris and Four had good detail and kind of creeped me out at times. There was a lot of action at the end but there was a fair amount throughout it as well.
Why I only gave it 4.5 stars: I wanted to know more about the world. The factions are located in Chicago, but what about the rest of the country? The world? Outside of Chicago is never mentioned. I also wanted to know more about the other factions. Amity and Candor are only mentioned briefly and Erudite only slightly more than that. I also wanted to know more about why the factions were created in the first place. I know that they were created for a better world, but what more happened that they needed to be created in the first place? Hopefully Insurgent will answer these questions.
(Off topic, but I just discovered via spellcheck that “creeped” isn’t actually a word. Who knew?)