Thursday, May 29, 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth | Book Review

Throwback Review!

Continuing with "housekeeping" I noticed that I'd posted a review of Allegiant without having ever posted reviews of Divergent or Insurgent.  What a great, emotional, adventure-packed trilogy!  I might have to re-read someday.  I am so looking forward to these movies!  (Yes, plural: I'm optimistic that they'll make movies of all three!)

Checking on Goodreads, I see that I read Divergent in August 2012 and that I gave it 4 of 5 stars and that I didn't bother to write anything.  :/  Apparently I wasn't feeling chatty in 2012.  Here's Goodreads' synopsis/review so that you're up-to-date on the plot before I post my Throwback Review of Insurgent:

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.

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