Sunday, March 25, 2012
Author: Veronica Roth
Length: 487 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young adult, Fiction, Dystopian
Synopsis (from Goodreads): In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
My Review: This is not just a story about Beatrice Potter having to choose from one of five factions. It is also about expectations, family loyalties, fitting in, coming-of-age, determination, bravery, and romance set in a future dystopian society.
This book is by no means anywhere close to the genre of book that I normally like. However it was being talked up on an message board that I frequent and I decided to give it a try for a change of pace. I was very pleasantly surprised by Divergent. It was a fairly quick read, well written, with interesting story lines and engaging characters. I enjoyed comparing the different factions and trying to decide which one I would pick. I also must admit that I was a little taken with the, as others would say "swoon worthy", male lead, Four. This book also has a very strong female lead. I can see how this book would be quite popular with the "young adult" crowd and am not at all ashamed to admit that I enjoyed it, being slightly older than a young adult. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy, Insurgent, when it comes out May 1, 2012.