My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
*An incredibly fun and entertaining read!*
As someone who is fairly new to the dystopian genre, I must say that I’m loving the genuine escapism that these creatively constructed alternate worlds present. Divergent was a fun, addicting, action-packed read that hooked me from page one. Its unique and imaginative concept is thickly layered without ever becoming difficult to follow. It wasn’t at all plausible, but it also never became over-the-top or silly. It was a perfectly formulated source of enjoyment and a captivating read!
I can’t touch on plot details because there is too much mystery to potentially spoil, but I will say that the story revolves around an alternate world that has been divided into factions representing five honorable human traits. The people who inhabit these factions follow rules and stick to their “group”. But even a carefully constructed society contains individuals hungry for more power; those who will go to any extent to obtain it.
I loved the deeper meaning generated throughout this story: how these human virtues are singled out and thoroughly defined. We see the good and bad of each, as well as the consequential aftermath. We are shown the impact and power of these values combined. Although this book represents a dystopian world, there are universal truths to be found within its pages.
“I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”
The characters were perfection. Our Heroine, Tris (Beatrice) is strong, independent, and quick to adapt. She endures an honest struggle to define herself and her worth.
Four displays honorable traits and was incredibly easy to love. He’s a gentle hero, with a fierce determination. I enjoyed the slow build-up to his relationship with Tris, and the fact the he wasn’t quick to fawn all over her—yet the way he defended her honor was admirable. Their romance was youthful, and sweet—very realistic for their tender age.
Although this story finishes with some resolve, it is far from over … and I cannot wait to see where this intriguing plot is headed. Amazing read!
▪ Genre/Category: Dystopian
▪ Steam Caliber: Clean
▪ Romance: Slow-burn. Gentle and sweet.
▪ Characters: Strong and protective hero. Strong and determined heroine.
▪ Plot: An alternate world where people are divided into factions representing human virtues.
▪ Writing: Engaging, fresh, and unique.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Heroine
▪ Cliffhanger: Moderate
▪ Next Installment: Follow up (published)