Goodreads Rating: 4.36/5
My Rating: 4/5
Goodreads Synopsis: In Beatrice Brior'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, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves...or it might destroy her.
My Review: Let me start off by saying this...I hate Harry Potter and I'm boycotting The Hunger Games. Don't ask me why...I just am. I was planning on avoiding reading these books, however, I went to the movies with some friends who were planning on watching Divergent. I decided to go - only to give myself something to do, rather than sitting at home. I'm so glad I did! I absolutely fell in love with the movie - so I had to come home and start reading Divergent immediately. Now, had I of read the book before the movie, I feel that my rating might have been slightly lower. There were some concepts/events in the book that I only understood because I had seen the movie. If I had read the book first, I feel that I would still have some questions following the reading of the book. Regardless, I'm loving this book and I can't wait to read the other two in the series!