Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Book of the Moment: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Hardcover: 487 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Source: Library
Interest: Media Buzz


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, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.


My Thoughts:

The first time I had ever heard about this book was when I was reading Seventeen Magazine and I came across the Editor in Chief's note about young extraordinary women doing things beyond their young ages. One of those women was Veronica Roth and how it said that Divergent was the next Hunger Games . Coincidentally, I was reading Mockingjay at the time and was happy to hear about a new book series that was in the likes of the Hunger Games! Ever since then, I had been anticipating the release of this book and when it did, I was eager to get it in my hands. I finally did two days ago and I finished it in less than a day, it was that good!

When I wasn't reading Divergent, I was thinking of Divergent. When I was reading Great Expectations for my school summer reading, I was thinking of Divergent. Hell, I don't think there was a time when I WASN'T thinking of Divergent. THIS is the kind of reading experience I long for in books. When I read a great book, I always have to think about it. It will be there, hidden right in the back of my mind. So, obviously Divergent was one of those spectacular reading experiences. This book is by far the best dystopian book I've read and I think it will remain that way! Divergent took me through all levels of surprise, intrigue, and anticipation. This book was hands down,  a killer.

Tris in so many ways impressed and awed me. There is nothing like a tough heroine placed in the middle of a huge revolution. That girl was baaaddd asssss! At first she wasn't so much of that because she was still coming into who she was but by the end she had found who she truly was and with that, she brought down the house! Tris is now up in the ranks of Katniss from the Hunger Game in the bad ass factor!

My only retort is that the ending was not satisfying. I felt like it stopped abruptly like the author didn't know what else to say. But I guess Tris's journey will continue on to the next book in the series, but until then, I will have to ponder on what will occur!

This book was crazy, crazy good and is now one of my favorite books. I can see now why so many people have fell in love with this book! Go to your local bookstore and buy this book now so that you may have the Divergent crazy good experience too!

P.S.- I'm STILL thinking about Divergent.

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1 comment:

  1. So glad you liked Divergent. I enjoyed it too. I agree that Tris is a badass but I am still on the fence about whether I actually like her. I think Katniss is a winner for me :)


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