One choice can transform you. The tagline for this book could not be truer.
Summary from the Roth’s site:
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…As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are…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.
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of DIVERGENT, and I must say, I have not read a novel so quickly since THE HUNGER GAMES. I flew through this book. It sunk its claws into me and kept me reading late into the night.
Quick paced and full of action, this book is near impossible to put down. Tris’ dystopian world is well defined and unfolds fluidly. As a reader, you have no trouble understanding the magnitude of the choice she faces and feeling a sense of dread as her initiation progresses. The novel has its fair share of fighting and violence and if THE HUNGER GAMES made you squeamish, this read likely will too. But to balance out the blood, strong friendships are formed and tested, and an unexpected (and surprisingly charming) romance springs up partway through the book. It is certainly not the primary plot point of Tris’ tale, but you’ll find yourself rooting for her nonetheless.
I think the most interesting thing about this book though, is the idea of a single choice transforming who you are. Can you truly commit yourself to one virtue and one alone for the rest of your life? Is it even possible to be just one thing? People are often shades of gray, and yet in Tris’ world, citizens are expected to make a single choice and put that choice above all else, even their families. Faction before blood. It is a painful idea, one that Tris struggles with over the course of her initiation, and one that readers too will question alongside her.
I will certainly be rushing out May 3rd to pick up a hardcover version of this for my bookshelf. And since I’ll be purchasing my own copy, I wanted to pass along this ARC to another reader (who will hopefully buy the hardcover in due time as well). So…
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Tris is one tough cookie. She jumps to/from moving trains, packs a punch and follows her heart. She is fearless in more ways than one, and this has a big impact on the outcome of her tale. So tell me, what is the most fearless thing you have ever done?
- Leave a comment answering the above question to enter. Remember, there are many different kinds of bravery. Think hard! :)
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- Available to US participants only. (Sorry folks!) Contest is open until 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday 3/30, so enter quickly! Winner will be announced by 4/1.
** NOTE: I approve comments before they appear on this site, but rest assured that if you submit your comment at 11:59 or earlier on 3/30, it will qualify as an entry (It may just take me until the following morning to approve it and push it live)
** UPDATE 3/31: We have a winner! I so enjoyed reading everyones’ bravest moments. Thank goodness Random.org picked the winner for me, because if I had to do it myself I wouldn’t have known where to begin! Random.org has informed me that the winner should be my first entrant, so congrats to Katy. Katy, send me an email (erin at embowman dot com) with your mailing address and I’ll make sure I get this fantastic read to you. To anyone and everyone else: go pick up this book when it hits shelves May 3rd. Trust me, you want to read it! :)