Divergent by Veronica Roth

divergent“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…”

Normally I don’t read books like this. I’m more into the Nicholas Sparks novels and books that involve a girl and a boy meeting, falling in love, and living happily ever after. But once in a while I like to read something that gets my heart pumping. A coworker of mine recommended this book to me about a year ago (I read it then) and with the movie coming out next week I decided to reread Divergent to refresh my memory. This is definitely one of those books that is extremely difficult to put down. I started it Wednesday evening and just now finished it (I’m actually surprised that I was able to read it this fast, what with my classes and other responsibilities). I would like to let anyone out there know who has not read this book or series, and would like to, to read it on one of their free days because once you start it it’s very hard to put down (almost impossible). Veronica Roth captures her readers into the story right away. As you’re reading you can just see all of the action unfolding. It’s amazing! It’s like watching an action movie but better since you get to choose who portrays each character. Throughout this book you experience the same fears, happiness, sorrows, etc., that Tris does. When I read this book the first time I was flabbergasted with the revelations. Throughout the whole book I found myself cheering Tris on constantly, even though she is just a fictional character. For someone who is so small she sure is courageous. We all like to think about the “what-ifs” and this book does an extraordinary job showing us a version of one of the “what-ifs” that we occasionally dwell on. This book is one that many readers would enjoy.

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