In an attempt to stay awake while nursing in the middle of the night, I've been reading some YA dystopia. Divergent by Veronica Roth is one of them. My intention for these books is that I will only read them while nursing in the night and not during the day....that doesn't work out so well. I mean, the whole point is that the book is enough of a page-turner that I won't put it down and fall asleep. It's hard not to pick them up while nursing during the day.
Anyway, enough rambling. Divergent is an entertaining book. It has a bit more grit to it than some of my favorites, but still, it was a page-turner.
The Amazon blurb about it says this:
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. 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, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
Divergent has a fair amount of violence, as many of the dystopian books do. I don't think there was any swearing or sexuality, but I was mostly reading it at 3 am. :) The main characters get tattoos as part of their initiation into their faction, as well.
I'd probably give this book three out of five stars.