BOOK REVIEW: "Divergent" by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent
Author: Roth, Veronica
Published: May 3rd 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 0062024027
Edition Language: English
Series: Divergent #1
Source:  Borrowed from MHS library

From Goodreads:
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, including 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 save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.  Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series--dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Mrs. Beamer's Review:

As you know, I was dying to get my hands on this book!  My students LOVE it :) so I was expecting a great deal. Immediately I was hooked...both by the story and the characters.  The main character, Beatrice/Tris, is easy to relate to and I found myself routing for her fairly early in the book.  Roth creates viable adversaries for Tris and I enjoyed watching their story lines unfold.  The romance is dealt with in a sweet and innocent way...and it takes a back seat to the main action in the story.  Boys will not be deterred from the series...girls will eat it up.  This book touches on several moral issues (loyalty, trustworthiness, self-preservation, etc), but never in a preachy way.  I imagine teens are drawn to the action, mystery and romance.  Adult readers may find themselves reflecting on certain life choices and their consequences, as I did.  I very much enjoyed this book...and I'm eager to read book #2 "Insurgent"!

Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Language: 0
Violence: 3
Sexual Content: .5
Drugs/Alcohol: .5
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: middle school
Potential Controversial Topics: none

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