Thursday, December 29, 2011

Best I Read 2011: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Over the next few days (the last of 2011) I'll be posting my top ten favorite reads of the year, in no particular order. They're not necessarily books released in 2011 -- just books that I've read in the past year. I'll be giving the synopsis and linking to my review (if it's been posted) and telling why I love these books so much. Feel free to share your own favorites -- I'm always looking for a good recommendation!

Release Date: May 3, 2011
Series: Divergent #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

First Line:
There is one mirror in my house.

Why It Was The Best: It's the day of Hunger Games comparisons and awesome heroines. Tris is another heroine up there with Katniss and Katsa. Tris could handle herself and never backed down from a challenge. I loved the concept of the factions, and the way it played out made for a very exciting read. I can't say too much without giving away spoilers, so I'll just say this is a must-read for dystopian fans!


piksea said...

Divergent was a tough read, in the sense that The Hunger Games trilogy was difficult to read. I know that Suzanne Collins wrote The Hunger Games series to shine light on children living with violence. I'm not sure that's Veronica Roth's goal, but I'd like to believe that she is making an important point about our world.

Shellie said...

I got this for Christmas & cannot wait to get into it. I have heard so many great things about it. I'm currently working on my Best of 2011 post that will go up this weekend!
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lisa [the nerd] said...

I loved this. LOVED IT.

And, like you, it was mostly due to how amazing Tris is.

Can't wait for book two! HOLLA.

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