Author Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Publisher Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date February 28, 2012
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.
Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
I originally decided to read Divergent because of the impending film release in March and thus jumped on the Divergent bandwagon. I am so glad I did. All the characters are well-developed and the inevitable teen romance between Tris and Four, while predictable was well done and like Eric to Ariel all I could think was “just kiss her already!”Veronica Roth excels in the attraction and the budding young love to these two star-struck characters.
“My family would never approve of me firing a gun. They would say that guns are used for self-defense, if not violent, and therefore self-serving.” ~ page 78