Monday, August 4, 2014

Divergent

Divergent is a YA dystopian thriller and the first in a trilogy written by Veronica Roth - as you probably well know.

Yes, yes. I know word has been out on these books for a while – but cut a girl some slack! There are too many books and too little time, people!!

In a futuristic Chicago, society has been split into factions that define your outlook, beliefs and the loyalties that will define you forever. These factions were originally established to create a peaceful life and to right the wrongs done in the past.

At a predetermined time every year, that year’s sixteen year olds have to choose – choose the faction that they will spend their life in.

It’s a choice that separates family and friends and defines who you are.

When Beatrice makes her choice, it will transform her…

Okay, I did not give away much AT ALL. Because if you, like me, haven’t read it until now the less you know the better!

Because: Divergent is AWESOME.

Immediately Veronica Roth presents an enthralling world with this thought-provoking custom – a custom that started with good intentions but over time has become, like everything in life tends to, distorted.

She provides a layered, strong, flawed, sympathetic, inspiring heroine in Beatrice/Tris. A character that I simply adored to follow.

The plot itself is disturbing, suspenseful and emotional – Divergent is nearly impossible to put down. I was reading the last 100 pages at work and had to keep stopping – end of lunch break, etc., - and oh my gosh I was going CRAZY!

At times Divergent is gory and violent – but with an undercurrent of depth and intimacy. Plus, there’s a slow-building romantic tension that I LOVED. Four – yes there is a character named Four, read the book bibliophile! – is HOT, plain and simple.

I, as I was reading Divergent, wrote the note: loving, loving, LOVING IT!!!

Stunned by the plot twists, pulled along by this gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, exciting, thrill-ride of a novel – by the end I was slightly exhausted!

The morning after I finished Divergent? Yeah, I ordered the next two books in the trilogy. They should be here shortly.

Uh huh – if you haven’t read Divergent, that needs to change - in my opinion.

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