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Divergent (Divergent, Book #1) – Roth, Veronica

10/10

Divergent

Synopsis

Beatrice Prior is on the brink of a decision that will change her life. In a society divided into factions all are forced to choose where they belong. And the choice Tris makes shocks everyone. Including herself.

Once decisions are made, the new members are forced to undergo extreme initiation tests with devastating consequences. As their experience transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends are – and if the man who both threatens and protects her is really on her side.

Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those Tris loves… or it might destroy her.

Overview *Contains Spoiler*

I’m not going to lie – this is probably the twentieth time I’ve read Divergent and it never ceases to amaze me how Roth manages to keep me hooked each time I re-read it, even though I know what is going to happen. Each time I read it, though, I discover a little detail that I hadn’t noticed in the previous read-through.

Very rarely do female characters have such a strong personality as Tris does; so often, they fall in love and turn into that stereotypical silly, giggly girl. Tris doesn’t which is what I love about her character. She falls in love with Four but she remains a ‘badass’ female lead, and remains true to herself throughout everything that she is put through. This makes her a role model for so many readers. She goes against the Status Quo when she transfers from Abnegation to Dauntless, she is determined not to be cut from her new faction, she doesn’t try and deny her feelings for Four, but underneath what every girl wants to be she has that vulnerability which makes her so relatable as a main character. I mean who doesn’t want to Dauntless when you’re following Tris as a lead for 480 pages?

Overall, I loved this book and I would highly recommend it to any teenager/young adult as a must-read book. You don’t have to love dystopian books to get something out of Divergent. This is one book, whose movie I loved on equal terms with the actual book.

If you enjoyed this book, read my reviews of the other two books in the series:

Insurgent

Allegiant

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Amazon: Divergent (Divergent Trilogy, Book 1)