BOOK REVIEW – Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica RothDivergent (Divergent #1)
by Veronica Roth
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Synopsis:

This first book in Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy is the novel the inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. This dystopian series set in a futuristic Chicago has captured the hearts of millions of teen and adult readers.

Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series, Divergent and its sequels, Insurgent and Allegiant, are the gripping story of a dystopian world transformed by courage, self-sacrifice, and love. Fans of the Divergent movie will find the book packed with just as much emotional depth and exhilarating action as the film, all told in beautiful, rich language.

One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior's society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she's determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.

Review:

This book will forever have a place in my heart. Tris’ courage, Four’s mysterious sexy self and the spellbinding storyline are making me kick myself that I didn’t read this sooner. I became enraptured in Tris’ world and every time I had to put this book down I couldn’t get it out of my head. It contained all my favorite things and I think I felt every emotion under the sun. I laughed, I got butterflies in my stomach, I held my breath, I had sweaty palms, and I cried. I cried not only because I felt Tris’ sadness and pain but also because I was so over the moon happy. I don’t think I’ve ever cried because I was happy while reading a book. Can you tell? I LOVED Divergent.

Abnegation is what I am. It is what I am when I’m not thinking about what I’m doing. It is what I am when I am put to the test. It is what I am even when I appear to be brave. Am I in the wrong faction?

This storyline makes you forget that the world exists around you. The city is Chicago and the all of the people have been divided into five factions. It’s such an interesting concept because depending upon what you believe caused chaos in the world is what faction you belong to. Amity blames aggression, Erudite blames ignorance, Candor blames duplicity, Abnegation blames selfishness and Dauntless blames cowardice. Tris belongs to Abnegation but since she just turned 16 she will now undergo a mental stimulation test which in turn tells her which faction she should belong to. When Tris undergoes her test her results come back as inconclusive. She is shocked to find out that she is now something dangerous, she is Divergent. Not only that but she is now faced with the tough decision of whether she should stay in her faction or permanently move to two other factions that she could very well be suited towards. And from here is where I start to become VERY attached to the book. I loved the way the story progressed, I loved how my questions kept getting answered and I loved how Tris grows throughout all of her trials and tribulations.

It will be difficult to break the habits of thinking Abnegation instilled in me, like tugging a single thread from a complex work of embroidery. But I will find new habits, new thoughts, new rules. I will become something else.

Honestly, I didn’t connect with Tris in the first few chapter. She seemed so meek and timid and that turned me off. The fact that she was trying to comply with such a foreign selfless lifestyle rubbed me the wrong way. I definitely was clueless in the beginning because I missed to see the good in her. The good of what her faction believed in and how that would help mold her into the person she would become throughout the book. And I came to love that person she slowly emerged into! As each chapter progressed THAT Tris was slowly merging into a NEW Tris and the combination of those two personalities was BEAUTIFUL. She was still selfless but she started to become someone more sure of herself, someone not afraid to show her stubbornness, someone not afraid to stick up for others and someone who asked questions when no one else was. She struggled with the decision of what was right and what was wrong but at some point it just all clicked for her. She became someone I admired and while I didn’t agree with every choice she made along the way she became a force to be reckoned with. The trials and tribulations she had to endure were at times suffocating and the lack of choices had me screaming at the unfairness of life, but then again even though this is my least favorite saying EVER, who ever said life was fair.

Suddenly he presses a hand to my stomach. His fingers are so long that, though the heel of his hand touches one side of my rib cage, his fingertips still touch the other side. My heart pounds so hard my chest hurts, and I stare at him, wide-eyed.

Four was, sigh, he was everything I love – tough demeanor, calculating mind, capability to be authoritative and lead, a secretive past and an ability to completely melt someone into a puddle. He had an innate way to keep me constantly intrigued and constantly asking for more. While I didn’t always understand his actions and even if he was seeming to act like the biggest jerk on the face of the planet, I knew that I could trust his reasoning behind each action and all would be forgiven. He also had this wonderful way of putting people in their place. There were a few times when he verbally slammed one of the people I hated into the ground and you couldn’t knock the smirk off of my face! And going back to the melting someone into a puddle, well, this is kind of silly but there is this one scene that had me smiling SO huge that I swear I fell asleep with a smile on my face!View Spoiler »

“People tend to overestimate my character,” I say quietly. “They think that because I’m small, or a girl, or a Stiff, I can’t possibly be cruel. But they’re wrong.”

But truly, I loved the characters, the plot, the setting, the unknowns, and everything in between about this book. I know people either love or hate this series and I’m desperately hoping I won’t be in the latter group because this book has definitely become one of my favorites!

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Divergent #1
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Chelsea
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Insurgent #2
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Allegiant #3
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*Four's Story*

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