Series: Divergent #1
Publication Date: 3rd May 2011
Book Source: Own purchase
Synopsis: 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.
Squeeee ... it's been a long time since I've no-holds-barred raved about a book but this is officially my favourite read of 2012 and the first 5 star read on my blog this year. What an adrenaline rush; it'll take something pretty darn special to knock Divergent off its illustrious perch.
If you're one of the last people on the planet to read Divergent (like me) or you've been living under a rock, (guilty) trying to ignore the hype (face palms) then let me assure you this book surpasses the hype, it's astounding, it's epic, it's squeeworthy and I'm kicking myself for waiting so long.
Divergent is both plot and character driven and the world building is second to none.
Five factions: Abnegation; the selfless, Amity; the peaceful, Candor; the honest, Dauntless; the brave and Erudite; the intelligent.
All 16 year old's face an aptitude test and the annual Choosing Ceremony where they make the choice to stay in the faction they were raised in or choose a new faction. Beatrice (Tris as we come to know her) is from Abnegation, she's a compelling character, courageous, stubborn, and resourceful enough to turn her weaknesses into strengths. Four is all hard edges with a vulnerable underside, tough and aloof, and hot without knowing it.
Divergent left me questioning; which faction would I choose? Which character traits define your worth? What's outside the fence?
Divergent is riveting, highly addictive and it left me desperate for more .... the upside of being late to the party, I ripped straight into Insurgent. Divergent is one of those rare reads that transcends age. Unputdownable, breathtaking originality, suspense, violence, tender moments. Divergent is Dystopian at its very best!