This Is Why I Love Dystopia

Hi there!

Today’s post is about Divergent, which I said I would talk about but never actually did.  So this is my attempt at a review.  Here goes.

Such a pretty cover.

Divergent is the story of Beatrice Prior, who lives in a post-apocalyptic Chicago.  The city is closed off from the outside world, and within the city there are five factions.  Each faction values a certain character trait and thus its citizens model their entire lives around that trait, sometimes to extremes.  The factions are: Amity, which values peace; Candor, which values honesty; Abnegation, which values selflessness; Erudite, which values intelligence; and Dauntless, which values bravery.

At the age of sixteen, each citizen is required to choose the faction in which they will spend the rest of their lives.  In steps Beatrice.  She has been raised in Abnegation, but ultimately chooses Dauntless.  In the initiation process that follows, the newly renamed Tris must make some difficult choices and, ultimately, learn what bravery really means.

This book was A-MAZE-ING.  I’m not kidding you.  It’s by far the best new fiction I’ve read in a long time.  I’ve always had a soft spot for dystopian post-apocalyptic fiction, but this really knocked it out of the park.  Everything is so fresh and unlike anything else on the market.  I applaud Veronica Roth for her ingenuity.  Speaking of the author, I’ve put up a link to her personal blog over in the AUTHORS’ BLOGS section of the sidebar.  (Did I mention this is her FIRST novel?!?!  Apparently she wrote this in COLLEGE.)

There were a couple of really surprising parts in this book, I’ve gotta say.  Ms. Roth shows a definite knack for plot twists, if you want to call it that.  I can’t wait for the next one, which is called Insurgent.  It won’t be out until May, but we already have the cover, and I, for one, can’t wait:

This one's pretty, too!

The movie rights have already been purchased, before the book even came out according to this article, but I’m not expecting anything much yet- the possible film is still way in its infancy.  That being said, I think this book would be absolutely incredible and engaging as a film, and I hope the people at Summit see that.  It’s such a richly imagined world.

Here’s the book trailer: (And may I just say how much I LOVE book trailers?  Because I do.  A lot.)

Also?  Whole bunch of cool stuff on the Facebook page.  Just in case you’ve read it.  Even if you haven’t, there’s an aptitude test for what faction you would be in.

Anyway.

Happy reading!

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