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Review: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent by Veronica Roth

Hardcover, 487 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens 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 literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Divergent” is a book that I’ve been dying to read since it came out. I even pre-ordered it, wanting to devour it upon its release but I never had time. “Divergent” was one of the most hyped young adult novels this year, it didn’t hurt that the movie rights were already picked up by Summit Entertainment (the studio behind the “Twilight” films). I actually want to hit myself at the moment for waiting so long to read “Divergent” because if there is one book that lives up to the hype [so far] this year, it’s “Divergent”.

Veronica Roth has truly crafted a masterpiece worthy of all the praise it is receiving (and will continue to receive). There are very few, and I mean very few, young adult books featuring a strong female main character which makes “Divergent” an even more fantastic read. Not only is Tris, also known as Beatrice, a strong female lead, she’s also relatable – Roth has managed to provide readers with someone who they can understand, someone they can relate to. Tris doesn’t start out as strong in the beginning; it takes time for her to reach her potential which is something I appreciated. Nothing in this book felt rushed, nothing felt unnecessary. Every single word on each page was worth savoring and boy, do I wish I’d savored them longer.

“Divergent” is a dystopian novel set in a futuristic Chicago. Society is divided into five factions: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice has been part of the Abnegation all her life, but upon her sixteenth birthday she is to decide if she wants to remain a part of Abnegation or transfer to another faction. It’s the one choice that will change everything.

In “Divergent” you will find corruption, you will find love (oh hello there, Four), but most of all you will find a story of a young girl finding herself. Sure, the action is great and so is the corruption, but it’s Tris’ story that really pulls you in. At least that’s how it was for me. “Divergent” is an excellent debut and I can’t wait to see where Roth takes this trilogy and what happens to Tris and Four along the way.

Who is ready for “Insurgent”, the second book in the “Divergent” trilogy? *Raises hand impatiently!*

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If you haven’t read “Divergent” yet, get to it.

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Review: “Wildefire” by Karsten Knight

Wildefire (Wildefire, #1)Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Hardcover, 393 pages
Expected publication: July 26th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Review copy from GalleyGrab
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Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If I’m being honest, I didn’t care for the first half of the book (before Blackwood). There was even a point in which I was ready to give up, but thankfully I kept reading. I’ve been putting this review off for days, not only due to a lack of time, but also because I’ve been fighting with what to write. WILDEFIRE lives upto the hype, yes. Is it for everyone? Probably not, but I hope you give it a chance. Yes, there is violence, there is cursing, there is drinking, and so forth – but in my opinion, it isn’t excessive. The characters are teenagers, they will curse, they will drink, and there will be violence as they continue to learn their capabilities as gods and goddesses.

One thing that I love that Karsten Knight actually accomplished with WILDEFIRE is that he managed to include various cultures, something that most YA authors, and their books, seem to ignore. Ashline and Raja (and Colt) are two fantastic characters and the ending will leave you ready for more. What more could you want?

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