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.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
I was pleasantly shocked by this book! I usually stay away from the violent, dystopian books, but when you meet the author in person and really like her sense of humor, the book can't be half bad. Truthfully, it was a whole lot better then I thought it would be.
The cover interested me from the start. It has a way of drawing the reader in, seeing what is underneath the surface. It was beautifully crafted and I enjoyed looking at it.
Now to the characters. I really enjoyed Tris's personality. She had a war raging on inside of her that no one would expect. Every little decision she made, she thought about. Even leaving her home to go and see some foreign faction, was Dauntless of her. Tris was the first jumper, and will always be to the Dauntless faction.
Then there's Four, *squealing girl moment* I LOVED HIM!!! Yeah, okay maybe that was a little dramatic, but hey, its the truth. He was the brave, quiet, trainer. Who was always there, standing in the background, watching you improve on your movements and fighting skills. He was a mysterious person from the start and I loved getting to know him throughout Veronica's book.