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Review, Teenage Musings, Young Adult / September 23, 2013

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Teenage Musings: Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Date: May 2011
496 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Dystopian
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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.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

I have been planning to read this for a long time, but I was always so broke when I visited a bookstore. When I heard that they’re making a movie out of it, I was eager to read it, so I didn’t hesitate in buying it, since I have this rule that I wouldn’t be watching an adaptation if I still haven’t read the book.

Five different factions and a ton of 16 year-olds choosing where they belong. Beatrice Prior originally belonged to the Abnegation faction, but she was just as surprised as all the people watching when she chose to be somewhere else. She had to do the best she can to pass the training and then she met Four, and everything changed.

A fast-paced book, which I loved since I mostly get bored when a book seems… slow. I loved the unique way it was written, and while almost everyone said that it’s almost like The Hunger Games.. Well, it’s not. It’s far from it, in a good way. The story caught me off-guard!

I loved Tris’ determination and belief. Despite all the obstacles she’s been through in the initiation, she manages to stay strong and prove to all the people around her that even though she’s a girl, a Stiff and small, she can still be brave and courageous. I learned that selflessness isn’t actually far from being brave.

For Four.. Oh, Four!! I fell in love with him. He just seems to be… swoon-worthy. I loved how he was able to open up to Tris and how he seems to be always there whenever Tris is in danger. I also liked how they developed their relationship and how they managed to come up with ideas together.

Also, the other characters in the book were great, except.. Well, how bitchy Peter is! And the world-building! Jeez, it’s just.. I didn’t understand it at first, but it was so cool! And I hate how the different factions fought when they should be helping each other. But well, yeah. The story wouldn’t turn out that good if they all agreed to help each other. Ha!

I loved Veronica Roth’s writing style. It was easy to read and straight to the point. I loved how she came up with a world like that, how she made every reader imagine all the things written in her book and the words she used were just perfect!

5 Stars

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