My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Oh my goodness! I can't believe it took me so long to read this book! A few of my friends told me that it was really good, and that since I love to read so much, I just had to read it. But I kept putting it off, and putting it off. Then I put a hold on the Divergent/Insurgent ebook in my local library, but had to wait forever because I was like eighty somethingth on that list. Now that I read it, I get why so many people loved it, and I definitely liked this book a lot more than I thought I would.
I thought that the society made up of factions was very interesting, and the discoveries that were made throughout the book were very intriguing. Some I saw coming, others I did not. Let's just say that not everything is as perfect and clear as it seems.
Tris wasn't perfect and she made mistakes, but who is perfect? She was very brave, and not afraid to be herself and choose the faction of her choice. Though she was small, she could throw knives, fight, and be daring with the best of them. There were honestly some times during this book when I didn't completely like Tris very much, but I realize that everyone makes mistakes. There were also many times, and overall, that I respected Tris and thought that she was brave, and where she did the right thing. The things that I would hope that I would have the courage to do if in a situation like that.
Four. Four was a really great character. He had secrets, and though he had a tough exterior, he really was caring and brave. I loved learning about Four, from his real name, to how he got his nickname, to his past, and how he was willing to tell Tris some of his secrets. He was always there for Tris and saved her more than once, but the same can be said for Tris. They really are perfect for each other!
I liked the fact that Tris was Divergent, what it meant, and how we learned about it's meaning slowly. Sometimes I like to try to figure things out!
There were many complex and diverse characters in this book that I liked and disliked. There were some very sad, cruel, and unjustifiable occurrences throughout this book where I cried or almost cried, but I won't say anymore about that.
The end of the book had some really good parts, but also some extremely sad parts, and definitely made me glad that I could delve right in to Insurgent (though I did wait a few hours).
I could say a lot more about this book, but in case I wasn't the only one and there are still some of you who haven't read this book, this is all I'm going to say.
(Though I could really talk about some of the injustices in this book, to anyone that has read it).
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