My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I could NOT put down this book. Finished in two days. It was fast paced, well written, and believable. I like that there is danger, violence, and strength. Dystopian pieces are hard to do well, but Ms. Roth nailed it. I don’t give 5 stars lightly. Great romance, drama, and anticipation. I highly recommend this book.
The above is my brief review on Goodreads of the book Divergent, by the talented Veronica Roth. Here is a more in depth review:
This book has everything I look for in literature…great pacing, adventure, suspense, action, romance (that’s not cheesy), and a sense of hope no matter how dark the plot becomes. In this story, the main character, Tris, must decide what faction to belong to. This is a tradition and necessary rite of passage in her society. Every teen who is sixteen years of age must choose to either stay with their “home” faction, or choose another–another that will be their place of belonging for the rest of their lives. The five factions, Candor, Amity, Dauntless, Abnegation, and Erudite are the only factions in dystopian Chicago. Tris, formally known as Beatrice, is from Abnegation, a faction that values selflessness above all else.
As the story progresses, Tris changes her mindset while figuring out how to belong–belonging being something that every faction member desires. She makes friends and enemies and faces many fears. As she faces danger, she must look deep inside and find the person she wants to be. Through every chapter and scene, Divergent is a book that is hard to put down and will keep you on your toes at all times.
So…what are you waiting for? If you like YA and Dystopian novels–or books in general–give this book a try. I can’t wait to read the next one!