11 Apr 2013

Book Review: Divergent

So I finally read Divergent by Veronica Roth after meaning to read it for what seemed like a year and I cannot believe I left it that long. Seriously it was the best book I have read all year (and I read a lot of books). There was never a dull moment and every page I turned I was filled with emotions from shocked, to sad to dam right angry!

Summary of Divergent by Veronica Roth:
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together, they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes-fascinating, sometimes-exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly-perfect society, she also learns that her secret might be what helps her save those she loves . . . or it might be what destroys her.

I really enjoyed reading this book and found that I could relate to the main character (Tris) and found her to be a very likeable character something thats not easy for an author to do especially for a female lead role. She was seen as a strong female protagonist but at the same time she was also seen as weak and a bit frantic at times but thats what I liked about this character. Also the alliances and enemies she creates through this story play a key role and create strong dynamics that at times become very intense and forced me to read on.

I would go as far as saying this book is on par with the Harry Potter series ! Yes I did just say that dont shoot me please! Its just my opinion and in no way a stamped fact but if I had my way I would make it be!

Divergent is the first in a trilogy of books, the second called insurgent and the third due to be realsed later this year (2013).

I also created a video review if you want to check that out I will leave it below ! 

Thanks for reading my review! 
See you next time,
Rachel Ward

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