Divergent (Book 1) by Veronica Roth ****
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, 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
YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian
thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals,
stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
I found this a little slow to get into--actually turned it back in and read it the second time it was on hold. The book picks up after the first several chapters of setting.