Divergent - Veronica Roth
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
This is my second time reading Divergent. I was surprised at how much I had actually forgotten about the book but it still didn't blow me away as much as I hoped. I definitely got a lot more out of it than I did first time round, but that could be because I took my time with it this time and didn't feel so much pressure to enjoy it - the first read was when the book catapulted and everyone was going insane about it. Poor book haha. I can definitely see why people love the book. It's emotional, action-packed, it has realistic and likeable/ detestable characters and plenty of suspense to keep your turning the pages.
“Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”
“There is power in controlling something that can do so much damage - in controlling something, period.”
Now I know it's weird to have spent the majority of a 4.5* review talking about the negatives, but I felt like I had to explain why this book just didn't work as well for me as I hoped it would. It's going to make a bloody god film though and I'm really looking forward to reading Insurgent and Allegiant. I loved all of the characters and I thought the creation of factions was genius. I really want to learn even more about them. It's a really clever concept - one of those ideas that you just wish you'd thought of yourself! I loved Tris. She is such a little fighter, but isn't perfect at the same time. A really great protagonist to read about. Reading about her internal struggle was emotional and captivating. It's going to be interesting to see how she reacts in the next book after the tragedies of Divergent.
Overall, I really did enjoy this book. Four is brilliant, Tris is great and I'm still making my mind up about the other characters. The characters which were born in the faction were great, but I'm still making my mind up about the transfers. I don't know how much of a role they'll play in the next book but I'm really excited to read it soon. Divergent is action packed, heart wrenching and beautifully written - a really good book despite a few flaws!