Divergent: by Veronica Roth
Genre: YA Dystopian Sci-Fi
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
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My ThoughtsFirst book down on my Blogger Summer Reading list! Woohoo! And my first time trying a personally formatted review post. Let me know what you think about it in the comments. =D
Anyway on to the review. For those looking for a more traditional rating system I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads but would have preferred being able to give it 3.5.
Overall I enjoyed the story after suspending disbelief about the overall premise. I didn't question too much the fact that society would decide to divide the population into five factions. I went with it pretty easily and decided that it had been in place for over a hundred years and thus the majority of the population could be conditioned to live in such a fashion.
Our protagonist Beatrice or Tris as she later calls herself, is likable enough. There were moments I felt she was a bit too "damsel in distress" but later I accepted it. She was brave when she needed to be and I've read female leads whose badassness is dialed up to 10 for the majority of the story and that gets old fast. In the end it really is more realistic that she would need help from time to time instead of being able to handle everything on her own all the time.
The evolution of the friendships and the romantic subplot advanced at a pace I was comfortable with and enjoyed. It didn't take away from the overall story and I became fond the main characters and hated the ones that were meant to be hated.
The writing style was typical YA; first person from Tris' point of view. It was easy to read and engaging throughout the story, nothing too fancy or overly simplistic.
Would I recommend this book? Yes. It's one of the better YA books I've read lately and I liked it well enough to read the sequel.
Have you read Divergent? What did you think? If you haven't read it, would you?