Friday, June 7, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #1)

Publication Date: May 3, 2011
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.



Since Hunger Games and Shatter Me I haven’t read other dystopian novels. I’ve heard a lot about this book since it came out because it caught some hype in the blogging world.

Someone gifted me last Christmas the second book which is the Insurgent but it took me a long time before I went ahead and buy this. And I’m so happy that I finally decided to read this!

This is a story of a world wherein people are divided into 5 factions, Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Candor and Amity. Every faction has their distinct traits and contributions in the society. As defined in the book:
So every citizen with the age of 16 has the choice to choose which faction they will join to, either the faction they came from or other faction. Before the choosing ceremony, they will be subjected into a simulation where they are helped to choose.

In Beatrice’s or Tris’ case, her results were inconclusive which means her traits are not exclusively of one faction but several of them. People like her are called Divergent.

From the beginning, I already liked Tris. Usually, I don’t like tough, hard-headed heroines but in her case, it’s different. I totally love her personality. I liked how she’s being herself. She may be stubborn at times but she definitely learned to adapt and appear to be weak when needed.

On the other hand, there’s Four or Tobias. Since the first time he came out in the book, I already know that he will be Tris’ love interest. Like Tris, he’s so tough and strong on the outside but he has his soft sides and he’s even humble. I liked how their love story developed.  

The plot and the flow of the story are very good. The world building is also good. I have a wild imagination so it brought me into a unique world of fantasy.  The action and drama the book made me super excited for the movie! Hope they'll make the movie as good as the book.


Memorable Quotes:

“A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.” 

“It must require bravery to be honest all the time.” 

“Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.” 

“Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.” 

“Maybe there's more we all could have done, but we just have to let the guilt remind us to do better next time.” 

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