Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: YA / Dystopian
Source: Book It Forward ARC Tours
In a dystopian Chicago, the population is divided into factions: Candor, Erudite, Amity, Dauntless, Abnegation and those who refuse a faction... the factionless.
Beatrice Prior has grown up in the Abnegation sect. She's led a life of selflessness along with her brother and Abnegation leader parents. But now at 16, she has the opportunity for change. By undergoing an aptitude test she can truly find out what faction she belongs in - yet ultimately it'll be her choice whether to remain in her own faction or leave the life she's known (including her family) behind and choose a different one.
Each faction represents a different philosophy or virtue: Dauntless- the brave, Abnegation- the selfless, Candor- the honest, Erudite- the intelligent, and Amity- the peaceful. She'll have to choose the faction that she best fits into since her choice is lifelong. But what if you didn't fit in? What if you were something else... a Divergent?
Fans of The Hunger Games will rejoice when they get their hands on Divergent. Beatrice or Tris as she is later called, is one badass girl. She originally doesn't come off that way since she is this skinny, little thing who gets her butt handed to her on a few occasions. But she is sturdy and resilient and really becomes quite the hero. Her growth and maturity throughout the story are captivating as is her ability in confronting her fears. There are also a slew of characters that make the story entertaining. Four, her trainer and romantic interest, her trainee friends, faction members and even the bad guys that you love to hate make this unputdownable.
All in all, Divergent was a perfect read for me. It held my interest the whole time and didn't let go for one second. I was reading this book everywhere and was actually saddened when it ended because who knows how long it'll be for the next in the series to be released. Full of political tension, action, adventure and a lot of extreme sports - you will not find a dull moment in the dystopian world you'll find in Divergent. Highly recommended.