I finished reading Divergent by Veronica Roth early yesterday morning.
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.
This is the first time I've ever seen a movie and then read the book right after. Usually it's the other way around or there will be years in between. So it felt a little weird to be reading the book and having the images in my mind already formed from the movie I'd seen.
In any case, I really enjoyed both book and movie. I went into the movie not having any kind of idea what it was about--at all! And after reading the book, I think the movie kept to it pretty well.
I got so engrossed in Tris's choices. How she went from one extreme to the other and overcame so many odds against her. I think I liked her relationship with Four better in the movie, maybe because you could actually see the connection.
The factions also really intrigued me. As I was reading, I kept finding myself trying to figure out which one I would choose and couldn't figure it out. So I went to the Divergent movie website to take the aptitude quiz...and my results sounded about right!
I would be a mix of all of them!
Anyways, I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Insurgent! I have absolutely no clue what it's about and I intend to keep it that way!
I gave this book a rating of 4.5/5.
*FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from a friend.