One choice. One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs, and determines your loyalties . . . forever. Or, one choice can transform you. In Veronica Roth’s début novel, Divergent, a perfect society unfolds into a dystopian world of electrifying decisions, stunning consequences, heartbreaking betrayals, and unexpected romance.”

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.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Divergent is a brilliant début novel, and the best part of that is that it’s the first in a trilogy. Veronica Roth has taken the YA world by storm with this stunning book. Divergent has it all, edge of your seat thrills, death-defying stunts and non stop action. Fast paced, gritty and at times disturbing Divergent is a fantastic new book from a writer that I am personally very excited to have discovered. I started Divergent and I didn’t stop reading until the last page. I was completely hooked, I got drawn into Tris’ world and I did not want to leave. I put everything else aside, I couldn’t help myself I just had to keep reading it. Divergent is the reason the term “captivating page turner” was coined.Be prepared to do nothing else except read until this book is finished.
Tris is the ultimate female protagonist, gutsy, determined, fearless and yet vulnerable and inherently feminine. She will appeal to readers over a huge age range and better yet she will appeal to male readers as well as female. Tris in short kicks ass and she does it all without being a whiney pain in the ass like so many characters in YA fiction. I really love this character and had to keep reminding myself that she is in fact just a character. She is just so real!
You simply could not write a review of Divergent without a mention of the other protagonist in this book. Four is a startlingly brilliant character and for anyone who doesn’t enjoy a female lead Four will make up for the focus on Tris. He is amazing, completely three-dimensional, infinitely believable and strong. He is strong, fearless, and at times frightening. Male readers will want to be him and female readers will want to date him. He really is that good.
I really could go on and on about Divergent it is a fantastic book that will have readers hooked. I am already counting down the days until book two is released.