My Thoughts: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait just one moment and focus on what I'm about to say:
Published: Katherine Tegen Books (May 3, 2011)
Series: Book #1
Source: Received from publisher
GoodReads Summary: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Now let us commence in a celebratory squee, because how incredible is this idea? I'm here to elaborate upon the wonder that has taken the book blogging community by storm: Divergent. It's been compared to The Hunger Games in some reviews I've read. I see that. And yet I don't see it. Divergent is one in its own, and I'm 100% certain that Divergent will be a book over which men, women, children, and teens will be all atwitter in 2011.
Roth does a bang-up job of establishing herself in the elite clique that is YA Dystopian. Beatrice, Tris, is a strong, FIERCE woman. I love that she got all up in fate's face and blasted it with a sucker punch. I did not get annoyed once being inside her head and seeing how her mind worked as she stepped outside her comfort zone and adjusted to becoming all that is her chosen faction. She's so fearless that it's inspiring, though if I were to encounter a fraction of the things she did, I'd cower in the fetal position somewhere high and dark where no one could get me. This is a seriously fast-paced, RIVETING story, you guys. There's so much danger and so many thrills that you cannot help but keep the pages turning. This book lives up to the hype, no question about it.
I got so excited about all the emotions I felt. When a book can rip out my heart and throw it into busy traffic like this one did IN THAT ONE PART*, I actually get happy because it takes a LOT to make me feel like absolute crap. Like someone had just taken my cats away from me and offered them for lunch to a bison. I don't know if bison eat cats, but I'd rather not find out.
Then there's Four. Oh, Four. What a gorgeously developed romance. From the moment he made his cameo, I thought to myself "okay, we are going to have something veeeery special to read about with these two." They feed off each other beautifully and Roth must be some sort of literary love chemist because she puts together some deliciously tingly scenes. I cannot wait to find out more, more, MORE about Four (and Tris, I guess.)
This is not a book you'll want to miss. If you haven't read it already, hurry up and pre-order it. If it doesn't get to you in time, then rush out to the store on May 3rd and give it a nice big hug. This series is the real deal and Veronica Roth has only just begun. BRANG IT!
* = Yeah. THAT part. YOU WILL KNOW.