Thursday, November 15, 2012
Divergent by Veronica Roth (Guest Post by GlitterGirl)
Description by Amazon.com:
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, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
I really wanted to love this book, I really did. But the truth is it isn't my favorite. Many aspects of the story were excellent and all of the characters were very well developed. There was just something missing in this book for me.
The plot was set up to be very exciting and fast paced, and in the beginning it was, intense and had quite a bit of action. Then Beatrice chooses (not really spoiler) Dauntless and it felt like the train had come to the station. I felt as though WAY too much time was spent in the Dauntless orientation and training, and everything just kind of got repetitive. I don't want to give away the ending, but what I will say is its a major cliffhanger. I have finished the second book, and I think that one is better than the first, it to ends in a cliffhanger, but in a good way.
For characters, as I said they were well developed but there was one side of them I thought was missing. I was missing the heart and emotion from the characters, especially Tris, the main character. She seemed very cold and uncaring at times, which was unpleasant.
Overall I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't my favorite. I would recommend reading it to most anyone though.
My final rating is...
3.5 out of 5 stars