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Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Where to start? "Divergent" by Veronica Roth was absolutely fantastic. I can't believe that I didn't jump on this ban wagon three years ago when it first started. I know the reason why I didn't, I knew that I would want to binge read the series and if I had to wait for a year between each book, I didn't think I would be able to survive. Since "Divergent" is coming out soon in the theaters, I figured i needed to read the book as soon as possible.

How do I explain "Divergent" without giving a ton of spoilers away. The country is divided into factions. There is Candor: The Truthful, Abnegation: The Selfless, the Dauntless: The Fearless, Amity: The Peaceful, and the Erudite: The Knowledgeable. When a child becomes sixteen they have to take a simulations test to decide what faction they are recommended to go into, but in the end, the child has the option of choosing where he or she wants to be. When Beatrice's test results come back inconclusive, she is told that she is Divergent and that she must not tell anyone. Divergent is where you don't fit into just one faction. You test results come out to be less specific. Beatrice tests into three of the factions.

Beatrice decides that she is going to join the Dauntless. Beatrice's father looks like this at being a betrayal. Beatrice wonders if her mother will feel the same. Taking control of her life, Beatrice jumps right into her new life. As she begins training, Beatrice changes her name to Tris and learns a lot more about herself. Tris finds out who she really wants to be.

I really liked "Divergent." I thought the plot was great. I was hooked right away wanting to know what was going to happen next. I think "Divergent" was a successful debut for Veronica Roth. I think I am even more excited for the movie than I was before. I think the plot was the big attention grabber this time, just because I felt completely consumed by the book. I needed to know what happened, so it took a lot of convincing from others for me to put the book down.

I also think that the characters were absolutely fantastic. Tris I swear could be anyone's best friend. She is kind to everyone until they start getting on her bad side but if they ended up on her bad side, it was because they deserved to be there. Tris wants to be a little of everything faction, so she is thriving to be the best that she can. I think that makes a great human being. In a way it was heart breaking for her to leave the faction that she grew up in because she knew that there was a possibility that she would never see her parents again or her brother.

Four. Where to begin with Four? He is definitely swoon worthy. Four seems to be scary in the beginning but he is like an onion. Once Tris started to peal back the layers, she got to see different sides of him and she got to know him better. The reader got to see Four as an actual human being instead of just a drill Sargent. I have to say that Four seems to be the perfect guy. He wants to be the best person he can be. Not only is he a drill sargent to make the recruits stronger and fearless, but he also cares about what happens to them. He does the background work for when others need someone to help or care. I like that Four risks his job by helping the others.

I felt so many different emotions while reading "Divergent.." I think that if a reader can have many different emotions while reading, than it means that it is a great book. Actually I think "Divergent" is more than great, I think that it is fantastic. I will have to let my readers know what I think of the movie. I think I am going to go see it tomorrow, or technically it would be today once this post goes live.

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