Published Date: February 2nd 2012 (First Published March 2011)
Finished Date: January 30th, 2012
Source: Gifted from Publishers - 2012 TBR Reading Challenge
The Blurb from Goodreads: 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.
<The Review: “I might be in love with you." He smiles a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though.”
I’ve been on a huge Dystopian kick the last few days and what better to finish it off by reading Divergent. All I’ve heard for the past 6 months is how good this book is and I’m so glad I’m one of those people that agrees, because Divergent was everything I could have wanted from a book and more.
This story follows the life of a young girl named Beatrice, who lives in a society that is divided by five factions; Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). With Beatrice living in Abnegation – the selfless, she is always suppose to put everyone else’s needs before her own but she always gets mixed feelings about what’s right and wrong. So when she and all the other sixteen-year-olds within the factions get the opportunity to move factions, Beatrice has the choice to make.......stay with her family or finally take control of her life and start a new life somewhere else. But what will she choose?
Veronica Roth has created an interesting, imaginable and fascinating world with Divergent, one that was very complex and very well written. From the get go I was able to imagine myself in Beatrice’s world and was able to go through her struggles and her good times feeling all her emotions. The factions that were created was also done very well, especially with each faction having a completely different way of living and their own set of rules. I loved how they have their own symbol to represent their factions and how unique each one is. But what truly stands out for me in this book was that, I can see how much detail has gone into this story and not once did I feel overwhelmed or felt there was too much information….it was just right! And the author gets an automatic win from me, because Divergent was just fantastic!
I loved all the characters; even the bad guys! I loved the romance; it was just the right amount! And I loved the ending; PURE AWESOMENESS and I cannot wait to see this novel on the big screen.
Divergent has won me over, now let it win you over. If you haven’t read it then READ IT because it’s a MUST READ!!!
"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." - Tris & Four
"He turns toward me. I want to touch him, but I'm afraid of his bareness; afraid that he will make me bare too.
"Is this scaring you, Tris?"
"No," I croak. I clear my throat. "Not really. I'm only afraid of what I want."
"What do you want?" Then his face tightens. "Me?"
Slowly I nod. - Tris & Four
"You nearly died today,' he says. 'I almost shot you. Why didn't you shoot me, Tris?'
'I couldn't do that,' I say. 'It would have been like shooting myself.'
He looks pained and leans closer to me, so his lips brush mine when he speaks. - Tris & Four