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Monday, July 11, 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent
Series: Divergent #1
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: Paperback 487 pages
Rating: 4 - Excellent!

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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, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.


Chicago is divided into Five groups. The Candor (the Honest), The Amity (the Peaceful), The Dauntless (The Brave), The Abnegation (The selfless) and last but not least The Erudite (The Intelligence). Our heroine belong in The Abnegation. But not until she turned sixteen that she was able to attend the choosing day. And that means she can be part of one of the group and leave her current in where she grow up and was born to. But she found out something. Something different. Something that (can) changed her life.

Divergent is like another THG in some aspects. The story is divided into action, mystery and romance. Which I really found interesting especially how Ms. Veronica blend it. I really felt the emotions that was running through our heroines mind and so does the action. Just awhile ago I was nervous and wanted to skip that heart pounding situation and later I am happy and giddy.

As for the Characters. They were great. They put up to their role perfectly. The supporting characters was lovable. The villains are good and glad to say I hate them so much. As for heroine Tris is great. I love her guts and will. I was a bit worried about how will she be able to face the trials that will thrown at her. At first I really thought that she is weak and just like some characters in some books. A miracles will appear and someone out of no where will show up to help her. But it sure proved me wrong. Despite knowing that the trials was out of her hand to control and her opponents are way too stronger than her. She tried and tried to catch up with them if not by strength then by speed and brain. And her pride, guts and will didn't fail her. It did not only shocked everyone. But her opponents and comrades thought that she's a threat to their success.

People compares Divergent to THG and so does their characters. All I can is. Yes. THG is good, it’s remarkable. But Divergent’s characters are…real. you can see them struggle to survive their mission. The characters starts from zero as in they don't know what to do in any kind of situation they were thrown in to. They brought me to the last book because I felt them there, their situations, emotions and so does their actions. But that being said. It didn't give me contentment. I crave for more action and romance. I want to feel them more. It's like yes, I feel them. But it's still lacking.

The plot is thrilling. You can't help but guess and predict things or people and feel disappointed if your predictions was wrong. I was a bit carried by how the characters cares and acts esp. through how they stick to each other when the plot gets more entertaining or serious. There are some surprising and expected twist at the end of the story. And some shocking scenes that left me devastated. I hate and love this story.

Well as I have said above. The first book didn't give me satisfaction. So that also means that I will surely read the next book. Insurgent ?. There are a lot of things that needs improvement. Over all. It still entertain me til the end. Looking forward for the sequel.




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