On the recommendation of a friend I read Divergent by Veronica Roth – and boy am I glad I did!
I’ve read a lot of good books lately, but none of them has gripped me as tightly as this one. I stared wide-eyed at its pages while I made dinner and kept turning pages too long into the night. 🙂 What a fantastic, suspenseful, thought-provoking, well-crafted read!
The story follows 16-year-old Beatrice Prior in a future, seemingly utopian society made up of five factions each based on the emphasis of one particular virtue. She is poised on the edge of a choice – will she remain in her family’s faction, or choose another. Her aptitude test is supposed to show her, but the results aren’t as helpful as they should be. Beatrice is Divergent – and all she knows is that being Divergent is dangerous.
I loved the story, the characters, the twists and turns. I love that Roth doesn’t shy away from the raw stuff of young life, and she doesn’t pretend to have all the answers. All in all I would recommend it to anyone.
I’ve already lined up the second book, Insurgent, to read, and I’m eagerly anticipating the movie coming out in March.