Monday, 31 March 2014

Book review: Divergent - Veronica Roth (Divergent #1)


The Blurb.
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 threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

My opinion.
Where to start... I absolutely loved this book. Instant fangirl. Veronica Roth created an amazingly intriguing world. Together with the main character Tris, she takes you on a journey through her city, its inhabitants, customs and history. When we meet Tris, she's on the verge of making the most important decision of her life: will she stay with her family, or will she choose another faction... another way of life and another group of people to call "family".

I loved how open minded she was from the start, even though she was raised in what we would call a very "traditional" and sheltered way. She understands how every faction brings something good... and bad, and it makes her a better person and the perfect main character to introduce you to this world.
Four is the one responsible for her training. Closed off and strict as he is to most people, Tris never feared him. I guess she saw through him from the start. He's the typical bad guy who turns out to be sensitive and soft as well... except that there's nothing typical about Four at all. Nothing in their relationship feels rushed and it doesn't take over the story. Four has some definite "book boyfriend" potential ;-)
From the moment you start reading you feel this series is going to be something epic. It's about discovering who you are... about belonging somewhere. Forget about bookmarks, you won't be able to stop reading... and I suggest you buy the book box, 'cause there's no way you can wait to read the rest of Tris' story!


Movie books
I read this book as a part of my new reading challenge: "movie books". After reading the book, I went to see the movie. To see how I liked it in comparison (once I've watched it), take a look at my challenge -page here.

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