If you tweet, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Veronica Roth’s debut novel, Divergent.
You guys—it’s out today, which means you need to get to the bookstore (whether physical or virtual,¹ it matters not) and buy this sucker. And then, put your to-read lists on hold and dive into it.
This book was incredibly good. Even after all the hype I’ve heard—and, like many people, I’m usually more critical if there’s hype—it sucked me in in a major way. Probably because of the hype, it was sort of a slow build for me…but it just kept getting better and better, all the way through until the very last sentence.
Of the many things I liked about this book, what sticks out most is Tris, the main character. I loved her. I loved several of the characters, actually. That’s all I’ll say. I think the less you know about this book going in, the better—I knew nothing except for the fact that people are raving about it.
I read Divergent in two sittings. It is nearly 500 pages long. Usually, it takes me at least a week to get through a book. Oh and also, I am the girl who falls asleep during half-hour-long TV shows—get me comfortable, and I fall asleep. This book sucked me in, demanded my attention, and refused to let me fall asleep. Need I say more?
Well, I will say more, whether I need to or not. So you know at least the basic premise, here’s the first paragraph from the Goodreads blurb:
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, 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.²
Also, for all you writers out there, Veronica Roth has a fantastic blog. Among my favorite posts are this one (on world-building), this one (on some rules she abides by when writing), and this one (on character priorities). I’m truly inspired by her, and I hope you will be, too. Enjoy!
²Here’s a link to the Goodreads page, which has the full blurb.