Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves ... or it might destroy her.

Mkay so another book I'm reading *after* watching the screen version ... I enjoyed this movie, and I think I probably would've even if I'd read the book first. It sticks pretty damn close to the book. I mean sure there are a few extra details that the movie tweaked, but after reading the book, I felt it was a pretty damn accurate portrayal.

I'm definitely adding the next one to my list of books to read!

* This book is part of the Divergent series: Divergent (2011), Insurgent (2012), Allegiant (2013)


Louisa said...

I've read the first two and quite enjoyed it. After reading a few reviews of number 3 on goodreads I decided not to read it because I'm scared it will ruin the series for me.

phillygirl said...

@Louisa - oh no :( That is *exactly* what happened to me with Hunger Games ...

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