Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Paperback: 487 pages
Book summary from goodreads:
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 am in love with this book. It takes you away from real life and transfers you to the world that Tris lives in. I found it interesting that the book was placed in Chicago. Veronica used the popular structures of the city and created a well rounded story where the characters benefit from the structures.
One example would be the ferris wheel from Navy Pier where Tris and Four used it to their advantage to win a competition. The train was important throughout the story. The train is constantly moving and taking the Dauntless to and from the Dauntless compound. You can see the transformation of Tris by reading how she gets on and off the train. In the beginning of the book she struggled to get on and others would help her, but by the end she can easily jump in and out of the train without any help. She becomes more fearless or at least better at hiding her fears. As you read the book, Four mentions that she is more brave when protecting others and that is when her Abnegation side comes out the most, when she is being selfless and protecting others.
The characters came to life and even when you didn’t read about them often you can still imagine what they would be doing. Tris’s character is very interesting because she is not the typical person. Most of the characters fit into one Faction but she could fit into three of them. That is not the norm and she is considered a Divergent, which happens to not be the best thing. That is because there are people out there that will kill them, if found out. Tris’s whole lifestyle changes when she becomes Dauntless. She gets several tattoos, she learns to smile and laugh, and she feels alive. Her Abnegation lifestyle is completely different because she has to be selfless, does not touch or hug others, and blend into the background. So as you can see complete opposites. Becoming Dauntless she becomes physically and mentally stronger. She makes friends and falls in love. Four helps her along the way by giving her pointers and words of advice. He sees the bravery in her and also knows what she is and warns her to find a way to hide it.
This book blew me away. I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. The complexity of this story was amazing and kept you wanting to read more to find out what happens next. I definitely recommend this book if you have not read it already.