4 out of 5 hearts
I checked this book out because I got caught up in the frenzy. Everyone was raving about it and I had to find out for myself.
Some time in future Chicago, its society is divided into five faction. Each group is dedicated to the specific virtue it is named after: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. Each faction has its role in society and live in separate neighborhoods. Children are born into one of these factions. But as a rite of passage at the age of sixteen, they have the option to select which faction they want to be a part of. They choose their faction and go through a rigorous initiation. Failure to succeed in the initiation will strip them of all faction ties and are left factionless - homeless, hungry, and worthless.
Beatrice Prior was born in Abnegation. The day has come she has to make her decision - does she give into her selfishness or follow the laws of Abnegation. She chooses, she follows, she lives. She is free. She changes her name to Tris. But initiation just began. It proves to be more extreme than she ever imagined, both physically and mentally, and it threatens to strip her of her sanity. Is this how she wants to spend the rest of her life? But nothing is worse than being factionless, so she pushes through. Throughout the process, she has to figure out her friendships and the mystery begin Four, her trainer. As soon as things start getting better, it all crashes down as her deepest darkest secret is revealed, but worse than that, the unimaginable happens: “Together, they would watch everything that was so carefully planned collapse, and they would smile at the beauty of destruction.” ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
I will admit that I was very skeptical about this book. I didn't believe the hype. I read it and it sucked me in. I was absolutely adsorbed in it. It is difficult for me to explain the reason behind its magnetism but there was always something happening. In some books, you can tell there are "placeholders", but Roth manages to fill each page with action - an initiation ritual, Tris's psychological turmoil, a discovery of secrets. She is able to do this without an overwhelming effect, even though a lot is happening, there is a balance of chaos. It is definitely not a literary read, but the score I gave it was due to the entertaining factor of the action in it.
Let me just say that Insurgent (book #2) is already on hold for me at the library.
“Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.” - Veronica Roth, Divergent
Paperback, 487 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published May 3rd 2011)
ISBN 0062024035 (ISBN13: 9780062024039)
Edition language: English