My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . .or it might destroy her.
Divergent made it’s way to my wishlist after I committed the ultimate bibliophile sin and watched the movie first. I was very excited to see the audiobook available at my library and found Emma Galvin to be the perfect voice for Tris.
The faction system in this dystopian world really is fascinating. I can’t help but wonder if without the corruption and deception it could have carried on harmoniously for years. That being said, I always like place myself in these fictional worlds and I really can’t say which faction I would choose. Maybe I need my own aptitude simulation.
I didn’t expect to like Tris as I didn’t like her in the movie, but I really enjoyed the insight into her character and found myself supporting her choices. The author does a convinceing job of describing Tris’ emotions when she’s faced with challenges and blossoming romance. I actually couldn’t get enough of the Tris and Four romance and found myself with a huge smile on my face after every interaction.
Divergent has made its way onto my favourites shelf and I’ve kept the box set on my birthday wishlist. I’m already eyeing off some of the Tobias narrated ebooks.