Divergent by Veronica Roth
Summary: 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, included 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 sve those she loves......or it might destroy her. (taken from book jacket)
First Line: "There is one mirror in my house."
My Critique: First of all, let me give another "Woot woot!" for another YA book that doesn't involve a love triangle. This is Roth's debut novel and it's part of a series. Her second book, Insurgent, is out now. Now, let me get to my critique. Did I love it? No. Would I recommend it? Yes. The book just moved a little too slow and didn't grab my interest as quickly as I like. By about page 320 I was finally interested. HOWEVER, that being said, I have a few friends (we read this for book club) who couldn't put it down and/or read it in one day. I felt the plot was a little too underdeveloped for my tastes and I just didn't care for it...as in, I've read much better dystopian novels. Without giving too much away, I feel like perhaps it would've been more interesting if, when babies are born they are assigned a certain faction and raised in a communal way...the entire faction raising all babies, etc. And then someone, as they are older, rebels against their assigned faction or something along those lines. But at any rate, it's still worth a read. I can see how many people would be interested in this book. And I'm not saying it was bad by any stretch of the imagination. I will read the second book but I have a few other ones to read first.
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, Divergent, are the sole views and opinions of the author and have nothing to do with me or my own views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with with afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas------------uh, nevermind...