Summary: 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.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series--dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
Review: A hard to believe dystopian world with an unsympathetic main character and a romance.
I just can't. I just can't buy this world. Why five factions? And where is there even a choice to join another faction than the one the person grew up in? The factions appear to be very good at segregation and keeping everyone separate It seems like it just causes a lot of problems by allowing people to choose their faction. And how would they manage to keep people from being divergent since I cannot believe almost everyone seem to have no other strong personality types except the one of the faction they grew up in.
Beatrice was a character who I quickly grew to dislike. She was somewhat sympathetic at the beginning of the book, but once her initiation began, I found her to be cruel and heartless. The initiation into Dauntless took why too long and of course there was the obligatory romance. Beatrice mentioned a few times that she found Four scary, but still became attracted to him. She has the body of a pre-pubescent child and was an asshole. So why the romance? Then there was so melodrama at the end of the book. I'll probably read the second book eventually, but it will take a while.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that are fans of young adult dystopian novels.