Divergent by Veronica Roth
BUY IT RIGHT NOW.
Buy it, build an altar to it, and worship Veronica Roth’s breakout novel. (While praying the new one comes out sooner than expected.)
There isn’t a single thing in this story that I don’t love. Well actually, I wish it hadn’t ended, but that’s about it.
Divergent takes a twist on the new dystopian fad hitting the YA genre by setting it in a city that’s recognizable–barely.
We have all the hallmarks of today’s Chicago (my hometown) but none of the functionality. The L (elevated train, for you non-locals) can’t stop, cars can’t drive on the broken roads, and the people are divided into factions.
Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (peacefulness), or Erudite (intelligence) are the only options these teenagers have once they turn 16.
Tris begins the story in Abnegation, but when she chooses to join the Dauntless she is forever split from her family. (It’s one thing to say you’re brave, but quite another to actually be brave.) We see quite clearly the difficulty of not only being brave all the time but the danger of the faction-split society.
The story focuses a LOT on the trials the new initiates have to pass to be a Dauntless. They’re nerve-racking, both mentally and physically, and so diverse that you can’t even guess what the next one’s going to be. And many of the kids can’t handle it.
And that’s the biggest problem with the society Veronica’s built here–a lot of the kids don’t make it. They end up factionless and alone. There’s no going back to your family once you become factionless–there isn’t any leaving the city.
Then there’s Four, our hero, whose general badassness throughout the story makes you wonder what made him so good at being a Dauntless. If I get started on Four I’ll never stop, so we should just say that he is one o
f the most well-developed, tortured, tall, dark, handsome, ass kicking, beautiful–and here I go.
Not only is this book filled with the classic dystopian violence and mayhem, Veronica has a mystery at the foundation of this series.
Something is happening to the factions. Something big. But we don’t know what. And It drives you crazy. (In a good way.)
Get excited for Insurgent which hits shelves May 28th, 2012!!! (Or sooner, if we all pray really really hard.)
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