Divergent by Veronica Roth
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.
I was given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
We first meet Beatrice in the lead up to her assessment. She tries hard to be what her Abnegation family want her to be.
When she goes through her assessment, she finds out that what she is may kill her. She is a Divergent. The Dauntless woman that did her assessment tells her that she must keep this to herself.
As the choosing ceremony draws closer, Beatrice realises that she has another option than Abnegation. She is drawn to Dauntless, the faction known for their bravery. But she feels that she must stay with her family. This confusion pulls at her until the choosing ceremony. Then the unthinkable happens – her brother Caleb crosses over to Erudite. Before she knows it, it is her turn and her blood is falling into the fires of the Dauntless bowel.
We are given, at this early stage of the book, a glimpse into Tris’s character. We realise that she is made of sterner stuff than we first thought. As we advance through Dauntless initiation with her, we learn that she has great strength and courage.
We discover that Eric, one of the sadistic leaders of the Dauntless is not what he appears to be, and he is a greater threat to Tris that was first thought.
Tris takes some risks that almost cost her dearly, and a surprise intervention is what saves her.
As the story progresses, several of the characters prove to be not what you think. The story picks up so quickly and has so many twists and turns, it left me breathless.
I’m profoundly grateful to Netgalley for my copy of this book. A 5 out of 5 star read. Check it out!
Divergent by Veronica Roth