Friday, January 18, 2013

Flashback Friday: Divergent by Veronica Roth

The first Flashback review in 2013. This time features the first book of NY Times bestselling dystopian trilogy by Veronica Roth. Divergent.


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.


I will always remember the first time I fall in love with the trilogy and the characters. This is probably the first awesome dystopian novel I read since I started my YA nerd times. With the factions, and the pressure in choosing your future, and the futuristic world with a peaceful appearance and chaos brewing underneath, not reading this book is... blasphemous.

The first time I read this book, I thought Tris is unlike everyone else I read in other novels. That was because I was not that nerdy when I first read Divergent. But now, 1 year after my first read, I still can't find a heroine better than Tris. She's extremely brave, and selfless at very important moments even if she claims that she's selfish at times. And she's deadly smart, like Four says. A intelligent dystopian girl with fighting skills? Definitely.

And the really sweet, really selfless and really brave guy is Four. Come on, with the strong, stunning appearance, it's hard to miss Four. And his secrets is just... really surprising. Who can imagine his true identity and his secret about his mind? He's truly Dauntless. He's not one of the bullies in Dauntless compound. Yes, he's really tough. And sometimes he's really cruel to Tris. But his intentions pretty much zero out the cruel part. He's surprisingly sweet, considering his tough to the core and... Stiff. Blue eyes and dark hair? He's irresistible. 

The threads of the book is sophisticated. And really fine-made. Factions leading to enemies and allies between factions. Thus creating chaos. And the emotional thread. Four's unwillingness to become a faction leader, leading to his childhood and his true identity and Divergence. Divergence intertwines with the war brewing between Erudite and Abnegation. And the war is about truth (at least, that's what the factions claim) behind the walls surrounding Chicago, which the information can be found in Insurgent.

This book is full of chaos and mayhem between factions. The lies and the truth are intertwined. There are half-truths. The society is destroyed and twisted. People are ignorant. And a girl, with intelligence and bravery, seeking a way to uncover the truth and set people free from ignorance and a society cage. Siding with a boy, who is surprisingly sweet and selfless and as brave as the girl herself. This is the perfect dystopian novel. It's hard to miss such bright star in bookstores worldwide.

Rating: 9/10

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