❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎
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.
I saw the movie first, so I cheated. I just want to get that out of the way.
I loved this book. I only come across one or two books a year that I love. They have to be fabulously written, immersing, surprising, visual, and perfect. To me, Divergent is.
I don’t want to compare it to the movie here, so I’ll just tell you what I know.
The main character, Beatrice, is strong, resolute, and brave. She’s well-rounded and different. I am so tired of the stereotypical heroine, I could tear my hair out. I loved Tris. I rarely even like the protagonist, so this is a big deal.
Minor characters? They were great. Different and infuriating all at once. The love interest both is and isn’t tall, dark, and handsome. There are no love triangles. 10 points to Gryffindor.
The world is richly detailed, but leaves plenty for the imagination to fill in. It follows the traditional feel of a post apocalyptic world, but there’s more to it, as though it’s just a bubble. It feels familiar, and leaves you wanting to know more.
The plot – it’s pretty original, although it follows typical dystopian lines. It won’t be very surprising, but it is engrossing.
I am left wanting more.
Needless to say, I’ll be reading Insurgent.
Love, love, love.
I have a paperback copy I purchased from Amazon.
“There is one mirror in my house.”
Some of My Favorite Quotes
“Then I realize what it is. It’s him. Something about him makes me feel like I am about to fall. Or turn to liquid. Or burst into flames.”
“He told me once to be brave, and though I have stood still while knives spun toward my face and jumped off a roof, I never thought I would need bravery in the small moments of my life. I do.”
“A chasm reminds us that there is a fine line between bravery and idiocy.”
“His absence will haunt their hallways, and he will be a space they can’t fill. And then time will pass, and the hole will be gone, like when an organ is removed and the body’s fluids flow into the space it leaves. Humans can’t tolerate emptiness for long.”
“We believe in bravery. We believe in taking action. We believe in freedom from fear and in acquiring the skills to force the bad out of our world so that the good can prosper and thrive. If you also believe in those things, we welcome you.”