This is my very first book review. I have read hundreds of books and have always wanted to give my opinion on them to the world. Though I have read many books recently, I’d like to take this from the top and review exactly what I am reading at the moment.
First up: The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
I immediately fell in love with Roth’s beautiful style of writing. From the very first page, I was sucked into this fantasy world filled with unknown factions, young and untouched love, and a desire to be involved with each and every character.
I have already seen the movie Divergent so I went into this book knowing the story line and almost regretted taking on this series in the first place but with the first page turned, I quickly changed my point of view.
In Divergent, you learn about life after a great war that nearly destroyed everything on earth. In order for the survivors to live on, factions were created to begin civilization again without chaos, without judgement, and without human nature to repeat history.
Five factions were created in the name of virtue. Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Dauntless (the brave), Candor (the honest), and finally the Erudite (the intelligent). The factions were not only established for their virtue but also as acting units fully capable of maintaining a society. I loved how Roth brought in the idea of virtue in creating her community. In my opinion, the perfect person would have all 5 of these characteristics so to have people divided between them to create a utopia is brilliant and enticing to me.
The book follows one character in particular who life starts off uneventful and ultimately headed no where and ends up changing the course for everyone involved. She has no idea that the choices she will make will affect an entire society and that the future is solely in her unstained hands.
Beatrice Prior, 16 and determined, has to decide whether to stay in her unhappy faction or leave what she knows behind for something more. This decision isn’t an easy one. If she leaves her faction, she is also leaving her family. But if she stays in Abnegation, her heart will always crave more.
With her choice comes great hardship and requires unbelievable determination to survive. I find the strength this character has to be inspiring and definitely kept me intrigued throughout. Beatrice was described as a small and weak woman in the book but being able to hear her thoughts and the struggles she overcame almost made her look twice that in my mind. Beatrice Prior quickly became a heroine in my book.
I don’t want to give too much away in the first book of the 3-part series but to give you a teaser of what is to come, I am also putting a link to the movie trailer just to test your senses. Remember, no film can compare to the written words of the author themselves but a lick of the spoon to entice won’t spoil your dinner entirely.
Overall rating for Divergent Book 1 on a scale of 1-10 = 7