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.
YA fiction is a genre that I don’t normally read however I decided to step out of my comfort zone in 2011 and I am glad I did. Divergent is an amazing novel that should be read by everyone not just YA fans.
I was instantly transported into dystopian Chicago and felt like I was watching all the events as they happened from within the novel.
All the characters were interesting and well thought out. I instantly disliked some characters while I fell in love with others. I loved how the relationship between Beatrice (Tris) and four evolved. It seemed perfectly believable and not at all rushed, which I have found to be a downfall of many novels.
Divergent was one of my favourite books of 2011 and I highly recommend it. If you have this book sitting on your tbr pile, you should move it to the top; you don’t know what you are missing. I am so glad that I decided to step out with my comfort zone. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.