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Monday, November 18, 2013

Divergent by Veronica Roth - Book Review

This review contains no spoilers.

Beatrice Prior is sixteen, the age where all teenagers in dystopian Chicago must choose which of the five factions to align themselves with for life. Each faction represents a virtue, Candor values Honesty, Abnegation values Selflessness, Amity values Peace, Dauntless values Bravery and Erudite values Knowledge.

Beatrice has grown up Abnegation, her parents are proud Abnegations and, along with her brother, they are among the most selfless people she knows. It was going to be an easy decision, Beatrice would choose to remain Abnegation, as almost all Abnegations did. But in her aptitude test to reveal which faction she is most suited too, all her plans fall apart. She learns a personal and dangerous secret about herself, she is Divergent.

She is told to keep the secret, to never reveal it to anyone or her life will be in danger. Divergents are suited to more than one faction and they are rare, almost unheard of. Divergents don't survive.

At the choosing ceremony, Beatrice becomes Dauntless and is exposed to a new world of risk taking and danger. She is forced to face fears that she never even knew she had. The secret of her Divergence isn't easy to keep and she is constantly under threat of exposure, especially when she realises that she is part of a much larger plan.

Divergent is fast paced and exciting. It's in incredibly fun book with characters that you can relate too. I picked it up just to read a few chapters one night and became trapped in the story, I've even gone back and read my favourite parts again.

It's a turbulent ride of danger, risk-taking, love and self-discovery. When reading the book you can tell that something big is building, the adrenalin builds as the story goes on and the final third of the book switches to an action packed adventure and moves so quickly you almost feel like you've been slapped in the face (in the best way possible).

Divergent is an absolutely thrilling ride and is suited to readers of all ages. I would class it as an action/adventure novel that is set in a Dystopian world, rather than a full blown Dystopian novel.

I give it 5 stars, I can't flaw Divergent. It was fantastic from beginning to end.

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