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.
An amazing read that you will gobble up in one sitting. It is a book that is always in crescendo and we can't help but delve deeper and deeper into the book to find out more. I loved, like absolutely loved it and I can't wait to go to the bookstore to get Insurgent because I need more!!!
It starts by introducing us to the lifestyle that Beatrice, she became Tris later, comes from, her family's values and the constant nagging in her head that she isn't like them and that she doesn't belong, well wholeheartedly anyway.
Tris makes a choice at the Choosing Ceremony, that pretty much shocks and thrills her. The Choosing Ceremony is the ceremony in which they choose their faction for the rest of their lives.
However if you think that, that, was the big challenge you guys are in for a shock. Although many people are against her from the beginning she has allies to support and guide her as they are all put through one intense trial through another. These trials test them physically, emotionally and mentally.
Although Tris feels like she belongs there are times when she feels like she doesn't belong as well and that is apart of her big secret.... shhh it's top secret!. Although the book might feel very political at times it is not without its share of drama as it is a YA novel after all and the guy that Tris is falling for is tough, sweet and powerful and seems to love Tris's sarcastic humour (he isn't hard on the eyes either, in fact he is totally swoon-worthy).
I never really felt like buying the Divergent series but when I the different cover and different summary at the back, I was pretty much drawn to like the the awesomeness of the book was calling to me. Yeah sure it sounds weird but this was like a black hole that will suck you in and trust me when I say you will not fight to escape. It captivates you and in the end you will be shaken to your very core.
In conclusion this was a mesmerising and haunting debut that leaves you gasping for more.
Rating: 5 stars