In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
Divergent is an amazing action packed book that everyone should read. It is a great story put into three books with everything that a story needs to be amazing. Everyone should read this book, if they don't they are truly missing out on something great.
I wanted to read this book because i had seen the movie and wanted to compare the two. There were a few details in the movie that weren't present in the book. I love the main character of Tris and how her and Four help each other out. I would recommend this series to any young adult readers out there that want a challenge.
I really enjoyed the book, and the teaser chapters for the next one have lured me in. I'm concerned about the movie adaptation however - I fear they will focus on the violence (and perhaps the romance) at the expense of the ideas.
(After reading Insurgent and Allegiant, I must say that this was the best of the three. If you never get around to reading the others, you will be fine.)
This book follows the trend of young adult dystopian novels, and does a pretty decent job. The plot moves quickly, characters are interesting if not predictable, and most important for a summer read, leaves you wanting more!
I've heard A LOT of stuff about this book before I read it. So, I jumped in thinking that it was going to be a good book. Now, I've read a lot of dystopian novels before, and this one was definitely a dystopian novel. Choosing ceremony, scary alternate reality, etc. I was actually very interested in the world that Roth created. The factions had specific characteristics that caused them to act the way that they do. The factions reminded me of humans and their opinions and what could or couldn't happen if they all came together. There would be war...and there is. That's the MAIN reason why I chose to continue reading it.
I actually didn't really care about Tris at all because I found the writing bland. The story is what gripped me, not the writing. At all. In fact I found myself annoyed at the prose so much because the prose sounded choppy at times. Sometimes enough to make the story uninteresting. So if you're passionate about decorative, elaborate writing, don't read this book. You'll be surely disappointed. If you're tired of dystopian novels with choosing ceremonies and stories about trying to fit in, then don't read this book. If you DO like The Hunger Games, then read it. You won't be disappointed.
I think this is the only book that I've read where I cared more about the world. I hope as I read the other two books I'll get a better feel of the factions. It's a pretty good premise, but with bland writing. But I would recommend this a good read for dystopian lovers.
Another fantastic teenage "discover yourself"/coming-of-age novel in another dystopian society. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm sure it'll be great. Veronica Roth did a wonderful job with this one!
In a dystopic future, society is split into five factions with five different values--kindness, truth, selflessness, courage, and knowledge-- and when residents are 16, they have to choose with which faction they will align. When Beatrice discovers she is equally suited for three factions, she must make a life-defining choice.
Roth's action-packed page turner will draw in even reluctant readers, as the story and plot move forward from the very beginning. The first-person present tense narration gives the book a sense of urgency, and the unpredictable plot will keep readers engaged throughout. The book is reft with graphic descriptions of violence and death, so the faint-hearted or squeamish should steer away.
However, reading like a combination of The Hunger Games, and The Giver, Divergent is set to become a favorite of teen readers. Recommended.