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.
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I was quickly inlove with Legend and for that reason, I tried to find another beautiful story in a dystopian setting and glad I never looked back when I read Divergent. Here we meet Tris, another young kick ass heroine and Four (Tobias), oh God, I love this guy and together they’re inseparable. Why? Here are my thoughts:
16-year-old Beatrice Prior (Tris) faces the biggest decision in her life along with the other 16yo’s as they are being tested and are taken into the Choosing Ceremony to either choose and stay with the faction they are born with or be a “transfer” as they choose a different faction their interests are leading them. After choosing, they will have to face and pass their factions’ initiations to be able to entitle themselves as full-pledged members of the society and serve the nation.
A faction is their so-called society the new Chicago is being divided into namely Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). These factions are responsible for training initiates and shaping them to be the nation’s new leaders who continue to balance this futuristic world.
Beatrice Prior proved to be the bravest when it comes to making the hardest decisions! You’ll definitely agree with me when I say she’s one small but terrible heroine. Despite being underestimated from the consequences of her choice and being an Abnegation, she went from timid to one hell of a fighter. Of course, fears will always be there but this protagonist barely feel it the more she manages to control it.
On the other hand, I also liked how antagonists and supporting characters surrounded Tris. Christina, Will and Uriah made a good company around her while Peter, Eric and Jeanine were just intelligently cruel (not as cruel as Voldemort) but they did a good job on making me flinch a bit.
Beginning of Tris and Tobias’ Journeys
Then here comes Tobias. Like Tris, you will discover mysteries behind his natural selflessness and leadership and somehow his cruelty in the training as one of the mentors. Him noticing Tris is expected but you will still enjoy them together. 🙂
Lastly, cliffhangers on what happened with Tris’ friends are to watch out for in the next installment. Divergent ended with a war between factions, I’m expecting a lot more action in Insurgent.