The Bookanistas: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Goodreads Summary:

One choice

One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs, and determines your loyalties . . . forever.

Or, one choice can transform you.

In Veronica Roth’s debut novel, Divergent, a perfect society unfolds into a dystopian world of electrifying decisions, stunning consequences, heartbreaking betrayals, and unexpected romance.

What I Loved About It:

Jeez, where to start.  Okay, the cover.  I COVET that cover so much.  The coloring, with the blues and the panorama and the flames…it’s absolutely gorgeous.  In a year that’s FULL of amazing covers (seriously, have you seen some of the 2011 covers?), Divergent stands out for me because it’s got the total package.  I love the font, and the wisps of wind.  I love it all.

Now let’s talk about the book.  First off, the choice of setting is inspired, because the idea of a dystopian Chicago is totally interesting.  What would a metropolitan city look like in the aftermath of a Big World Change?  And let’s be honest, if you were thinking about a post-apocalyptic big city, you’d gravitate towards New York or LA before Chicago.  So in a way, it’s refreshing. Plus, I kind of love the idea of Chicago basically being retooled for a wholly different society than the one that inhabited it at the dawn of the 21st century.

Then there’s the actual setting itself.  Everyone in the world of Divergent has divided themselves up into one of five factions, or become factionless (which is comparable to being homeless – although the stigma of being factionless is even worse than it is for our homeless).  At the age of 16, you have to choose whether to stay with the faction that raised you, or go against everything you know and join the faction that resonates in your heart.  This choice defines your life.  Your entire life, boiled down into one choice.  That’s heavy stuff.

The main character, Beatrice, is fascinating, because the book is tempered by her internal struggle.  She literally strains against the binding ties of her society, much like many of us do when we’re teenagers.  Except she’s in a completely foreign environment.  But she still feels REAL.  That was one of my favorite parts of Divergent.  Beatrice definitely wasn’t your typical teenager, but she’s the type of teenager that I’d want my little sisters to be friends with.  That I’d want to know.

There were a lot of things that surprised me with Divergent, and it made me love the book even more because it wasn’t predictable.  Most of my favorite YA books are the ones that you don’t see coming, and Divergent was definitely on that list.

Divergent will be released on May 3rd.

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7 thoughts on “The Bookanistas: Divergent by Veronica Roth

  1. I can’t wait to read this! I love books that are unpredictable. Not always easy to find. And Chicago is one of the best cities in the world, so the setting is like icing. But a dystopian Chicago? Way cool. Great review, Scott!

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