Friday, August 30, 2013

Divergent by Veronica Roth : Review

Sixteen-year old Tris is forced to make a terrible choice. In a divided society where everyone must conform, Tris does not fit.

So she ventures out alone, determined to discover where she truly belongs. Shocked by her brutal new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her.

The hardest choice lies ahead.

           Star Rating

So here we have it, my first ever five star rating! I had heard so many good things about this book and had high hopes before reading it. Thankfully I wasn't let down; it really did live up to the hype. 

Divergent is a dystopic novel based around an imagined universe where humans are divided into different factions. Each faction holds a different value which it's members must live by. The Dauntless (brave), the Erudite (intelligent), the Amity (peaceful), the Abnegation (selflessness) and the Candor (honest). 

Anyone who loves dystopian tales will adore this book as Veronica Roth creates a haunting vision of the future perfectly. 

The story centers around Tris, a 16 year old Abnegation girl  who, upon coming of age, must choose the faction she wants to spend the rest of her life in. Ultimately, it is this decision that sets up the action for the rest of the book and the reader becomes aware of the rights and wrongs of Tris' decision.   

This story reminds us of the value of belonging to a group - a family, a club, a class, a society. As Roth explains, "To live factionless is not just to live in poverty and discomfort: it is to live divorced from society, separated from the most important thing in life: community." However, as the story progresses Tris' view on society changes and thus raises questions about divisions in our own communities and how, even in today's world, humans are unable to live as one united society. 

The characters in 'Divergent' are very real and their personalities change as different events unfold. Intertwined with the dystopic events, Roth manages to include subplots of bullying, friendship and romance - always a recipe for success in a YA novel. The chapters are short and, like many other successful books, leave the reader wanting to read on and discover more. 

The ending of this story is superb and leads on well to the next in the series. I personally can't wait to read 'Insurgent' which has been waiting patiently on my bookshelf for a while now. And with even more exciting breaking news, 'Allegiant' (the third book in the series) should be on it's way to my flat courtesy of Harper Collins very soon!


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