Divergent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
WHAT I THINK:
lots of love for DIVERGENT.
YET AGAIN,ANOTHER BOOK I’M PROUD TO HAVE READ. There are usually good books, badly written books,uninteresting books, o-kay books, unique books and there are the EPIC ones. DIVERGENT belongs to the latter. It belongs to the category I have for Hunger games, TMI, VA, Fever series, Unwind, twilight-among my favorites in short, the ones I would happily read again.
At first, I was hesitant in believing this book was worth reading as many reviewers said, but still I gave it a try, and let me just say, I DID NOT REGRET SPENDING FOR THIS HARD-BOUND copy I bought.
The story in itself is unique. 5 factions. Dauntless, Abnegation, Candor, Amity and Erudite.(reading the summary made me scratch my head and ask ‘how the hell could i memorize this?’but after a few chapters, i have them embedded in my brain,lol). I’ve learned how to love Dystopian novels. What they all seem to have in common is CRUELTY. Cruelty of the main story. Not that I’m sadistic, but I just find them interesting and it keeps my brain working. It’s not just any other “pass time novels” but it actually makes my mind think of the possibilities that human intelligence can lead to our destruction (I know, deep right? haha). But, God, I felt FEARS I’ve never thought existed and gosh the TORTURES made me feel alive. I also learned that being different (in Tris’case-Divergent) is not at all negative, by pure choice we can make it into a positive one, and in the story’s case, her being what she is saved them all. In my case, I realize that I’m selfish, but I also know that when being selfless is to be applied. therefore, I am both selfish and selfless. haha. (probably I will choose to be in Amity faction to lose the risk of losing myself☺)
The book is about discovering who you are, and whether we like it or not, it is a PROCESS. We undergo grief and all those emotions, after being thrown into the fire, we come out shining and real. IN the midst of trials and difficulties, we know what and who we really are, and who are true to us.
Divergent made me think, made me cry, gave me that adrenaline rush (again. I LOVE), my heart went ‘pump pump pump to the nth level’, made me laugh, made me shout with irritation, made me feel, made me realize, MADE ME ENJOY ANOTHER EXEMPLARY WORK OF ART!
***Veronica Roth is a Christian? just got me thinking because of her acknowledgement. YES, I read the first parts of her acknowledgement in hoping additional paragraphs,haha.
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