Details: Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Pub. Date: May 2011
- Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
- Format: Hardcover , 496pp
- Sales Rank: 295
- Age Range: Young Adult
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.
After hearing Veronica Roth talk about her book at The Dark Days of Supernatural Event in June, I was super excited to read this book. Listening to an author talk about their process and how they went about gathering ideas and writing the books always seems to pull me into the story more.
The story itself is about a young girl, Beatrice who about to go through the selection process to select her faction. She does not want to let her family down but she knows that she cannot stay with them. This is especially true when she goes through her test and finds out that she is something called divergent, but cannot tell anyone this. She leaves her family and goes through an almost crazy initiation. She meets Tris and begins to struggle with who her friends are and who is against her. It also seems that there is a bigger problem out there and she doesn’t know what it is.
Veronica Roth build an outstanding world for this series. I was impressed with the complexity of the different areas of town, some very familiar as present Chicago, but always with a twist. I like her ability to take familiar things and make them different to fit what she needs at that point in the story. For a debut author, this story was extremely well written without many gaps in story line or character development. Relationships were a bit difficult because there was no relating to those of different factions. I did feel in part that Beatrice did not “mourn” the loss of her family like I expected rather just jumped into her training head on.
My favorite story element in the story was the factions. What an interesting way to take what we view as driving morals and turn them into a way to govern people. I thought that this was a really creative take.
Great Story – sitting on pins and needles waiting for book 2
*I purchased this book. All opinions and view are my own
Praise for Emily Kimelman’s “Unleashed”“Emily Kimelman is fun. She is a clever young woman, who has re-imagined a traditional genre for a new generation. She is witty and insightful, and writes with a wisdom, care, and diligence beyond her years.” —Mark Bowden author of “Black Hawk Down” and “Guests of the Ayatollah”Description:Joy Humbolt is not a huge fan of people and after getting fired from her latest stint as a barrista she is becoming dangerously close to unemployable. So when Charlene Miller offers Joy her dog walking business on the Exclusive Upper East Side of Manhattan after knowing her for 15 minutes, Joy is happy to accept the profitable, low maintenance route while ignoring the suspiciously quick transaction. However, when Joy discovers a mutilated corpse on her route and realizes that Charlene has fled the city, the price of her new business starts to become clear. Joy is left answering the questions of an aggressive Police Detective who swings from telling her she is the next victim to insinuating that Joy is the killer. Following in Charlene’s footsteps, Joy discovers that her powerful clients have more in common than just their dog walker. As she is lead deeper into their world of power and influence Joy realizes too late that only one kind of justice makes it this far uptown: vigilante. When Joy let’s go of what little respect she had for the human race…
This book was not at all what I thought it was based on the cover. My guess was that it was a werewolf book but it was so much better than that. Joy has lost everything in one day, her boyfriend and job, but in the midst of all that she bought herself a dog, Blue. A huge dog at that. Her neighbor, Nona, tells her about a friend of a friend who is selling her dog walking business and Joy jumps at the chance to start again. Little does she know that she is going to be come involved in murder and cover ups and putting those she cares about at risk.
Emily Kimelman has a fun writing style that brought Joy, Nona, James and the rest of the characters to life better than I have seen in most mystery books I have read. The level of detail and attention was marvelous. The story line was written well. I liked that the book started in the future and then took us back to where it all started. The end was a bit confusing and I am hoping that it will be explained more in the next book. It felt like it was just more deception. I also enjoyed the dogs in this book, they really brought something interesting to the story. There were so many options for how Joy could or should figure things out. Overall, I enjoyed the story and the outcome and will be looking forward to the next story.
4 penguins: a good story if you like a mystery that could really happen
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*I was provided an ecopy of the book for review from Nurture Virtual Book Tourz.. There was no compensation and all opinion are my own.