Thursday, August 4, 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth

        
Divergent
(Divergent #1)
by Veronica Roth
Summary from Goodreads:

"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. 

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance."

Rating:

*Sigh* I think I’m in LOVE!

I’m utterly speechless after reading Divergent. Experiencing Divergent is like finding a rare gem. It’s unique and untainted, truly one of a kind, and so worth the effort of finding… or rather reading. 

At first, when I read the excerpt, I was confused about why this book had such a high average rating on goodreads when it seemed like just any other dystopian novel. But as soon as I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. Talk about a gripping book!

The characters were amazing, distinctive and well shaped; the plot was not what I expected, but in a good way; the action, romance and adventure were all profound and the scenes were all in good pace; EVERYTHING was in-sync. Like gracefully dancing in perfect rhythm; or like cooking a meal that has the right blend of ingredients making it so delectable that you’d ask for seconds. 

That’s why I said I think I’m in love. This book is beautiful. It’s not hard to feel such admiration. I had to hold myself back from reading when I was only less than a hundred pages ‘til the ending. I was thinking of savoring the goodness of this book because I know it would pain me to wait for the next book. 

A great debut, Veronica Roth! Congratulations! Divergent has tattooed itself, genuinely, on my heart.

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