Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review of Divergent

My review of Divergent by Veronica Roth is based on an ARC that I won in a giveaway. The following review is my honest opinion of the book and has been in no way influenced.

Goodreads Summary: "Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances."

Tris was wicked. You'll know by now that I have a thing for heroines that can take care of themselves. The kind that have brains, know how to use them, and don't always need to be rescued. Tris was so this type of heroine. She was brave, strong, and knew what she wanted (or at least had a pretty good idea of it). She made her own decisions based on her own opinions and wasn't easily influenced by those around her. And she kicked some serious butt when fighting broke out. You know, once she learned how. Even better? She wasn't fearless. She was truly brave because she worked through her fears rather than not having any at all. And I'll confess that I totally share one of her fears...but I will so never tell you which one it is.

My breath caught the second that I was introduced to Four. After all I have heard of him how could it not have? I was afraid that he wasn't going to live up to the expectations I had set after hearing certain bloggers rave about him but he put all of my fears to rest. Well. This fear at least. If I had to pick one thing that really makes him stand out in a sea of fictional crushes is the fact that he realized Tris was strong and never let her believe otherwise. He never treated her like a damsel in distress. They were total equals. This I loved.

The relationship between Tris and her Mother reminded me a lot of that between me and my own Mom. That constant struggle to find something in yourself that reminds you of her in the slightest. My Mom is a lot like Tris' mother in that she always puts everyone ahead of herself, in fact I can't think of anyone in the world who would be a better fit for Abnergation than her. And I am so not a fit for that faction by any stretch of the imagination. I always feel guilty for this. Like I'm not living up to her or my potential. Much like the emotions that Tris struggles with.

I devoured this book. Literally DEVOURED it in a single sitting. I foolishly flipped to the first page knowing that I had a library book due the next day along with two books that I really should return to my cousin that I hadn't yet read. Foolish I tell you! I could not stop. I read the first page, then the second, and so on until I realized the book was done. With only occasional tweet breaks to gush to friends about the amazing-ness that is Divergent. It's action-packed, thoughtful, and yes there is romance. Yummy, yummy romance. I'm giving Divergent by Veronica Roth a five out of five stars review. This was an amazing read and an immediate add to my favorites shelf. Oh yeah, it was that good.

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