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Review: 66. Divergent by Veronica Roth...

May 21, 2011
I said I was on a roll, right? Well, I was not wrong! If you liked Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, you'll love Divergent!

Title: Divergent (#1 of a trilogy-to-be)
Author: Veronica Roth
ISBN-13: 9780062024022
Hardcover: 487 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2011
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Waukesha Public Library

drey's thoughts:
Beatrice Prior is about to turn sixteen, and has to make a choice--one that will define her life, her friends and family, her future. Growing up in the Abnegation faction means the first part of her life was spent being selfless and serving others. Not that she's great at it, but still. The other four factions are now open to recruits, as it is. And Beatrice has to decide whether to stay in her faction with her family and friends, or find a faction that is a better fit for her.

She chooses. And the next part of her life becomes extremely complicated--nobody's ever told that there's an initiation process to survive. Yes, survive. Because initiation is really just a nice label covering a dangerously competitive hazing ritual.

Renaming herself Tris, Beatrice now has to figure out who's friend or foe--which isn't too hard to do, actually--and remember to hide her true nature. As initiation progresses, Tris finds out that her faction isn't all it's cracked up to be and that some of the faction leaders are planning to stage a coup against Abnegation. By the time all the pieces fall into place, it's almost too late to do anything. But she's Tris, she loves her family, and she'll do anything she can to save them.

Tris reminds me a lot of Katniss Aberdeen. They grow up in a future society where your faction/district determines your whole life. Here, you at least have the option to switch factions, but most don't. The government isn't covered much here, but it seems to be more benevolent than the Capitol. And while she's not fighting for her life à la the gladiators, there are still those who'd kill her, just for being her.

There's no triangle here (sorry guys, no team buttons). Just a girl and a boy figuring out who they are, who they want, in the midst of all the chaos and danger. You'll be shocked to see where the danger leads, and what losses Tris must face, before you get to the end of this story. And if you're like me, you're anxiously waiting for the next book, and hoping it's every bit as good as this one.

drey's rating: Excellent!


bermudaonion said...

I'm not sure this one's for me. Can you believe I haven't even read The Hunger Games yet?

holdenj said...

I've been hearing good things about Divergent, can't wait to read it. It also had a little blurb in the recent EW!

drey said...

lol Kathy! What do you mean, you haven't read The Hunger Games?? :P

Julia--Did it? I don't read EW, and I'm afraid I'm hopelessly not plugged in... :)

ChrisS said...

Thanks for the review. I just got Divergent in the mail today and can't wait to start it.

drey said...

I hope you like it, Chris! :) Happy reading!

Julie said...

If all of the wonderful reviews hadn't already sold me on this title, the comparison to Katniss definitely would have! Thanks for the great review!

holdenj said...

Drey you always seem terribly plugged in to me! Always enjoy the reviews and authors of the month!

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