Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Review: Divergent by 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. 
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
My review:

Sixteenyear-old Beatrice is going on special occasion where she must decide which particular virtue she will be cultivating for the rest of her life. Beatrice grew up in Abnegation where live only selfless people. But she never assess herself as unselfish person, she have always been different from other family members. On ceremony, Beatrice suprises with her choice even herself. She thinks that everything will be alright now. But at first, she must survive the initiation - become neither dead nor factionless.

I must say that I love dystopian novels. I think that dystopia is my favourite genre at all. But recently, there are many new releases in this genre and many books are not even worth reading. There were rumors about Divergent, even before the book was published. The rumors were saying that new dystopian series by Veronica Roth may be better than The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. And everybody who reads frequently know that THG are the best books which have been ever written.

I enjoyed reading Divergent. It was different from books I usually read, better - I can say. Veronica Roth really knows how to write. The writing was excellent and reading it was light. I like character of Tris (Beatrice) - heroine of the book and character of Four as well. Veronica Roth created strong heroes, faced them with various circumstances and let them act right. There were moments where I can not put the book down. Divergent contain smiles and tears, harshness and love, vigour and tension. 

But I must admit that there are few hollow places which make the book not so amazing. Sometimes, it just seem to be strange. Some parts remind me of other dystopian books. For those who have already read this book, it was part about being controlled - reminds me Possession by Elana Johson and dangerous scene near the chasm - reminds me The Host by Stephanie Meyer.

Despite all negative facts, Divergent is really enjoyable book and I recommend it. I have desire to read this book again right now.

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Book trailer:

Divergent has also many beautiful and meaningful quotes. You should really read this book by yourselves.


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