Series: Divergent (1)
Kindle Edition: 501 pages
Published by: HarperCollins, Children's (May 3, 2011)
My Copy: Amazon UK (November)
Before I start I just want to say, that yes I may compare this book to 'The Hunger Games', and yes I know they're totally different books but the sad truth is 'THG' was my first proper experience with dystopia, therefore all novels I read from now on will be compared to it no matter how hard I try not to. Okay so enough of that, to my review...
This is a dystopian novel at its best. Beatrice (Tris) lives in a world where you either conform to the acceptable behaviours of the five factions or you become factionless, living in a wild part of town, having to depend on the kindness of others to get by. Originally from Abnegation, Tris freely admits she's anything but selfless, but can she overcome her fears of the unknown and leave her family behind in order to not feel like a fraud any more.
I'm finding it extremely hard to review this book without any spoilers, so just beware there may be little plot giveaways but I'll try to keep them to a minimum.
Let's start off with Tris. She's got kind of a mixed personality, sometimes she's willing to stand there and save her friends from certain punishments, yet at others she's acting like a complete self-centred thug. She just can't seem to find a balance with her emotions, I don't know maybe its the Divergent in her, maybe its not, I don't really know but I do know it just didn't make me want to like her at all. But you know what for some reason unknown to me, I did find myself empathising her. I liked the way she was always supporting her friends, even if they did seem to ditch her at a certain point, and she's always sticking up for herself, which is amusing because no one really ever takes her seriously except maybe Four. (I have to admit I liked Katniss a whole lot better than Tris)
Talking of Four, now he's your typical dark, brooding guy with a glint in his eye and trouble in his past. Who can really blame me for having a complete book crush on him? Seriously, who doesn't love the whole bad boy angle? This boy has secrets, but I don't really understand why some of them are secrets, they didn't seem that bad to me. Anyways He's described wonderfully and I was literally drooling at the mouth over him. One word. Yum!!
None of the other characters really made that big of an impression on me, they all seemed to be stuck within the typical stereotypes which I'm not a fan of. The only other character who I loved hearing about was Uriah. He's definitely my fav, even better than Four. He should really have received more face time in this book as I'm seeing him as being some kind of underdog in the coming books.
The story as a whole wasn't as action packed as THG but there was a lot of tension and suspicion to fill the void. I felt this book could have focused less on the initiation and more on the events in the final chapters. The way this book totally tops THG though is there's no pathetic attempt at a love triangle. Tris does have some interest from other boys but she quickly shoots them down, which just goes to show there is some girl power left out there. After all the indecision Tris may have over which faction to choose she is totally straight minded with who she wants, which is so refreshing. This book is totally awesome and totally DIFFERENT from other dystopia books I've read. I'm officially in love with this series and I'm currently hunting down the next in the series.