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Monday, February 3, 2014

Review: Divergent

Divergent (Book #1)
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher:  Harper Audio
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Series: Divergent Series (Book 1) 
Audiobook: 11 hours and 11 minutes
Narrator:  Emma Galvin

Source: Purchased from Audible.com
http://amzn.to/UV90QO

Book Description

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.

Review

This book was on my radar because everyone and their mama read it, reviewed it and completed the series.  So it was kind of on my TBR list, but not really since I am trying to stay away from the YA hype books.  But since the book club selected it as the January Book of the Month my reason for reading it changed.
The story of 16 year old Beatrice Prior takes place in a post-war Chicago were society has been divided into 5 groups based on individual characteristics.  The characteristic based groups determine what they eat, wear, where they sleep, how they should or should not think as well as careers.  Now it's Beatrice's time to be tested to see where she fits in and to pick which group she will be with for the rest of her life.  With or without her family?
I know the YA formula and I don't understand it.  The formula is a young girl, two boy interest, zero parents, all equal life threatening situations and love.  When I was 16 years old I had one boyfriend, two parents involved and zero life threatening situation and love.  Hmmm... Where do they get this from? 
 With that being said I really liked this book.  I thought the idea of factions and how they came to be was well thoughtout and written.  I would have liked the author the give more detail about the history of each faction but since it's YA I think I understand why she didn't.  If I was 16 and read this I would be a Divergent fangirl 100%.  I would wear my faction color everyday and I would not even think anything of writing my faction symbol on my jeans, notebooks, backpack and postering my room with Four's posters.
One thing I really loved was how the author makes all the character diverse without telling you their race.  She is excellent at this and I wish other authors did this as well.
The narrator of the audiobook was good too!  With so much emotion running in and out of this book she did a great job.  
The main reason I gave this book only 4 stars is basically for the absent parents yet again.  Beatrice's mom was a really interesting character and the author didn't develop her at all.   But outside of that the book is a good read that will hook you in and hold you to the end.

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Recommendations

I recommend this book to older teens due to violent content.

Other Books in the Series

http://amzn.to/1cLAp5r

Challenges

This book is number 3 in my New Author Reading Challenge
This book is number 3 in my Audiobook Challenge
This book is number 5 in my Goodreads Reading Challenge
This book is letter D in my Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 

Mocha Girls Read Book of the Month

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