Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent (Book One)
Who’s it for? Teens
What’s it about? To save the people their land was split into five groups, each group with its own lifestyle choices and ways of living. On their sixteenth birthday, each teenager is expected to choose which of these groups they will live in forever. But for Tris, her choice will have consequences she could never have imagined as society starts to crumble around them.
What’s good about it? Tris is awesome. She’s such a likeable and daring main character, I found her easier to like than I thought I would. Oh and her mum? Best. Character.
I quite liked how differing each faction was – the shock of the one Tris chooses after being in the austere Abnegation is like a punch to the face in just how different it actually is. The world building (and yes, I am a total sucker for good world building) is great in this – there is a sense that all details, right down to the most mundane, were worked out so nothing makes you stop and think ‘wait, that can’t be right’.
There’s a high level of tension in this and it really kept me guessing. It’s a world full of hard choices and I loved that everything had a consequence, things didn’t just happen for no reason.
What’s bad about it? There wasn’t anything that niggled too badly, just a slowing of the pace here and there.
The verdict? This was a brilliant dystopia that kept me hooked from the get go. Tris is a fantastic main character and there are such massive themes in this regarding choices and their consequences, control, love, and just how far people are willing to go to hold on to what they treasure most.
If you loved the Hunger Games you’ll love this. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel!