Monday, 30 January 2012

Review: Divergent

 Divergent (Divergent, #1)   
Author: Veronica Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Synopsis: 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.


This book is far better than what I expected.

I loved the plot, I loved the twist, I loved the voice and above all, I love the character development. I love how Tris became fearless yet remained compassionate. As far as I've read, she's a perfect in Dauntless. The Dauntless before Eric corrupted the meaning of the faction.

I love how some parts of the book talked about the character's fears and how they struggled to conquer them. I like how these fears balances the Dauntless' personalities and make them more human.

I love how Roth makes me want to experience what's happening to them in the book. It's exciting and exhilarating to read.

To those who's skeptical because it's compared to The Hunger Games, fear not. It may have some similarities (factions/districts) but the plot is totally different and the characters are definitely different.

Among all antagonists I've met whilst reading dystopian novels, Jeanine topped the list. I never hated a character no matter how evil he/she is like I hated Jeanine, and I applaud Roth for that.

Definitely one of the best dystopian novels I've read.