“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.” http://www.amazon.com
So I copied the description of the book because I wanted to get to the important thing about this series. The thing that will make it one of your favorites, that will get reading it again and again. The reason why I am completely obsessed…
Obviously, the books are now movies, and they cast the hunky Theo James, so its easy to see why I have this infatuation. But even without the provided mental image, I would have fallen in love with this character. He is everything a fictional boyfriend should be; strong, brave, caring, sweet, smart, maybe a little scary, jawline and cheekbones of a Greek god, protective, but believes in you, and most importantly tortured. No fictional boyfriend is complete, without a dark past that only my love can cure.
And if we have to talk about the other characters in this series, I suppose I should mention Tris. I actually really liked her character and I am hard on female leads. She was kick ass. Smart, independent, confidant, got the guy, but didn’t need him. All the females in this book were strong characters. Even the female villains were strong women that I couldn’t help but admire. Yeah, they wanted to take over the city with unethical methods, but at least they were motivated and took care of business….
Divergent is often compared to The Hunger Games. And I can see why, Dystopian YA, dark future, a revolution led by teenagers, strong girls, being made into movies. While I still think the Hunger Games is better overall, Divergent has things that other series of this genre do not. First of all, I thought Tris was way more relatable than Katniss was. Tris was more vulnerable, had more insecurities, opened herself up to love. I also enjoyed the romance between Tris and Four much more than the whatever you would call the relationship between Katniss and Peeta. I am a sucker for a good love story and Tris and Tobias were beautiful together.
Without giving too much away, the ending of this series broke my heart. As much as it hurt my feels, I don’t mind the ending too much. The ending has been a common criticism. But the truth is that life isn’t always perfect. We love and we lose. I don’t think the TRAGIC close of this series takes away the rest of it. These books are about making decisions, finding out who you really are, how to be a good friend, that family is thicker than blood. It’s about learning how to the kind of person you want to be. This book was written for an audience of teenagers, but me at 26, mother of two, had important life lessons reinforced.