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 thought:
First of all, yes, this book is similar to Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins in a few different ways, but honestly, I didn't feel like it was a repeat at all. I was engaged in the novel from cover to cover and it only took me a little while to read. The ending drove me CRAZY, since it was sort of a cliffhanger, but overall I enjoyed the character development of Tris. She was strong and I enjoy reading books where the central role is a strong female character. I also loved that she had flaws...
I could have done without the romance. Why do all novels have to have romantic ties in them? It's a little overdone, but um...I would enjoy Four's company. :) And the romance part of Divergent wasn't overdone to the point that it annoyed me. I cannot wait until the second part of the series comes out. I have to see what happens. Why do authors do this to us???