Monday, June 18, 2012

Unexpected Awesome-ness

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Rating: 5 out 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.

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”

Review: I can not explain exactly how good this is! WOW! This was an amazing book. Anyone who loved 'The Hunger Games' will love this book. I hadn’t read any reviews about this book, all I knew was that it was a dystopian novel. Other than that I knew nothing so I didn't know what to expect and what I got was excitement, mystery, danger & romance. It jumps right into Roth’s imaginative dystopian world with Beatrice’s voice coming through loud and clear. I really loved how the story built up and up until it exploded with the action packed ending. The only down side was that a few parts were a bit predictable like which Faction the main character will choose and a few things towards the end (which I won't mention because it will spoil it for those who haven't read it) but that didn't stop me from really loving this book. I think if I was to choose a faction it would be Amity because out of all five I think Peaceful would suit me best, if only there was a faction for “The loud” then i’d fit in there perfectly! A fantastic first novel from a new author, I’m really looking forward to number two!

On the cover: Like I said in my review I didn’t really know anything about the book and when I first saw the cover I didn’t think this or that about it, I did like the shiny holographic look though. Once I started reading I figured out what the fire symbol meant and realised that the cover is a perfect depiction of what’s inside the book, I hate it when a cover has nothing to do with the story.

What I’m reading next: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

What are you reading?

* Picture & Blurb taken from goodreads

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