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I just realized it’s been ten days since my last post. I think I’ve been reading so much, I haven’t had the time to catch up on my reviews! Since the 16th, I’ve read four books and I’ve more than halfway through the one I’m reading now. At this pace, I can easily read surpass my goal of sixty books this year, which is super awesome.

Anyway, I stumbled across Divergent by Veronica Roth after researching what other books people bought with Mockingjay on Amazon. So random, but this book (the first in a trilogy) is written by someone my age and it’s part of that subgenre of young adult dystopian literature (which I’m totally into right now), so I was instantly intrigued. (On the note of young adult dystopian literature, I also read Delirium by Lauren Oliver, which is also the first of a trilogy. My review of that will be up soon!)

Divergent is set in a dystopian Chicago, where society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to a certain virtue: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). At the age of sixteen, people choose the faction they will belong to for the rest of their lives. It’s a big deal if someone chooses a different faction than the one they were born into.

Therefore, the main character, Beatrice, has to make the tough decision to either stay with Abnegation (her family’s faction) or another faction. I won’t give too much away, because I think everyone should read this book. I will say where the title of the book comes from. Before sixteen-year-olds pick their faction, they go through a series of tests that help narrow which faction they should belong to (even though the decision is ultimately left to the individual).

After her tests, Beatrice is told that she is Divergent – meaning that she could belong to two or more factions (the tests narrow it down to one). In this society, being Divergent is the most dangerous thing to be, as it is difficult to control and indoctrinate people who are Divergent. Therefore, they are seen as a major threat.

This book was fantastic – the plot was set at a nice pace, the characters were relatable and strong, the love story just knocked me off my feet, and the ending….Let’s just say I can’t wait for the next installment.

The author made the main characters go through so much, both physically and emotionally. Beatrice was a character who could kick ass, but when it come down to it, she could also make extreme sacifices. She knew what she wanted and didn’t apologize for it. I also adore her love interest – Four (Tobias). They fell in love for the right reasons, and despite their flaws, they love each other deeply. I just love that!

I absolutely recommend this book (the second one is set to be released in May), especially if you liked Hunger Games. There’s no weird love triangle thing, like in Hunger Games, which I actually prefer. There’s lots of action, and I liked the themes of individual identity vs. community identity vs. society identity.

Look for my next review on Mindy Kaling’s Are Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

Rating:
{  } Pretty bad
{  } Tolerable
{  } All right
{  } Exciting
{x} Enthralling

Book 10 out of 60