Divergent – Veronica Roth
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 1st May 2011
One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs and determines your loyalties...forever.
When sixteen-year-old Tris makes her choice, she cannot foresee how drastically her life will change. Or that the perfect society in which she lives is about to unfold into a dystopian world of electrifying decisions, stunning consequences, heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected romance.
One choice can transform you.
Divergent is an original and thrilling debut that is sure to be a hit dystopia fans. I loved it!
Veronica Roth has created a startlingly original and intriguing dystopian world that I got lost in easily. The idea of the five different factions – Dauntless, Abegnation, Amity, Erudite and Candor – is fascinating. I was desperate to know how they were formed and why. Although it wasn’t explicitly explained, it was casually slipped into the narration in a way that didn't take you out of the story that I loved. It was brilliantly and very cleverly created.
Tris is such a fantastic heroine. She is nearly on par with Katniss, to be honest. There isn’t a hint of perfection in her; she is flawed and very human. She doubts herself and her world, she agonises over her future and she’s strong and courageous. Honestly, heroines like Tris don't come along very often so I’m incredibly exited to see how she changes after the events of Divergent.
Other than the general awesomeness of this book, one of my favourite elements of Divergent was the chemistry between Tris and Four. The sexual tension between these two sizzled off of the page. I was desperate for something to happen between them every time they met and I began to look forward to their exchanges. I really loved the two of them together.
The use of present tense keeps the tension and the suspense of the story at the frontline. I was sitting on the edge of my chair for most of the novel and then I don't think I took a single breath for the last hundred or so pages! Veronica Roth throws you right into the heart of the action and doesn;t let you free until days after the last page has been turned.
I loved Divergent so much that it will easily make my Best of 2011 list and I’m now dying for what I’m sure will be an epic sequel.
For my 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a copy to review.