Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent
Series: Divergent , #1
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: February 28, 2012
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.

Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

There are some books that fail to amaze me especially if it’s a dystopian plot. This book was surely among the books that surely made my reading enjoyable. When I watched the movie, I regretfully asked myself why I haven’t read it before the movie comes out. With all the feedbacks comparing it to “Hunger Games” made me so skeptical in reading it and I guess I was wrong with my assumption at all. It was indeed a good book after all.

The plot was set in a controlled world where people are being classified according to their most dominant character/behavior; ABNEGATION – the Selfless, ERUDITE – the Intellectual, AMITY – the Peaceful, CANDOR – the Honest and DAUNTLESS – the Brave and Fearless. On the day of Choosing, an aptitude test is made for all sixteen year old to identify which factions they are best to fit to contribute in their society. Instead of having one trait (which they assume as normal), Tris has an inconclusive result of more than two traits that made her life complicated and dangerous, and they call her… DIVERGENT.

I loved how the Author set very brave main characters. Tris and Four are surely a great tandem, although there is a minimal and very light exposure of love interest with the two main characters, the romance is still well plotted. There are also unexpected revelations for the main characters past. A betrayal among allies, and sudden revelations about their families are what the readers should watch out in this book. Set in a world of controversy and greediness for power and influence, this book will surely capture your interest that it will be hard for you to put it down.  Great book!


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