Divergent by Veronica Roth
Rating: 5 out of 5
Summary (From Back Cover)
One choice, decides your friends.
One choice, defines your beliefs.
One choice, determines your loyalties - forever.
One choice can transform you.
There are a handful of books that I will read over and over again and even fewer series that I will read more than once. However, I've read all three of these books twice, and as soon as I get them back off my friend I plan to read them a third time. The Divergent series is one of my favourites, it's thrilling and heartbreaking, it will make you laugh and the third book with may you cry so much you'll think you'll never stop. Then there's the fact I think I'm madly in love with Four, to the point where i'm worried no non-fiction boy will ever compare.
So here's the idea, when you turn sixteen you have to choose where you're going to spend the rest of your life. Who you're going to be. The cities divided into factions, each faction believes the key to surviving is different. The Dauntless believe you have to be brave and strong. The Abnegation's believe you should be selfless and serve others. The Erudite think knowledge with solve everything. The Amity values peace. The Candor tell the truth and that honesty is the key to survival. In this society it's not an option to be more than one thing, and if you are, your Divergent. If your Divergent your life is in danger, because the one thing all factions believe in is that the Divergent are unpredictable and above all else dangerous.
The story follows Tris, an Abnegation transfer now working her way into Dauntless. She's moved from her family, her home, into a violet and cruel faction. She has to prove herself as one of them and not the 'stiff' they all believe her to be. Because if they found out about her Divergent status, they would kill her.
There are so many twists and turns in this book you'll get dizzy. It constantly keeps you guessing and will shock even those of you who always know what's coming. The character's are vivid and real, you'll hate them and love them. You'll want to give them a hug when things are going badly and want to smack them right in between the eyes when they're being idiots. I have nothing but praise for this book and think that anyone who is into the YA genre would be missing out if they DIDN'T read it.
Oh and did I mention Four? AKA the man you'll fall in love with? He isn't the stereo-typical heart throb, he's broken, with a haunted past that makes your hearts ache. You know that he'll do anything to protect Tris, that he'll do anything that he believes to be right. He doesn't care about the chains that bind the fractions, he wants to be kind, smart, honest, brave AND selfless. But the question is, whether or not that's really a possibility. I think that's why he's drawn to Tris, he see's all these things in her. It should scare him, I think it might, but not because she's a threat but because she might just be the one person to see beyond his Four facade.
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