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ONE OF THE ALL TIME GREATS OF ALTERNATE REALITY
Reviewed in Australia on 28 April 2014
DIVERGENT Book One, by the delightfully brilliant Veronica Roth, is at times compelling, emotional, suspenseful and funny. The opening section of the book grabs the reader by the throat and does not let go. A summary of the book's beginning would be that a young girl is at the specific point in her life where she is required to select the appropriate group in society which suits her best, and the one in which she suits society best. There are five groups to choose from and they are Candor, Abnegation, Erudite, Amnity and Dauntless. Dauntless members act as security, which explain (to some) why they dress as gothic new age punks.
The main character is called Beatrice Prior. Her brother is Caleb, and he too is sitting an aptitude test today. The girl's mother has selected Abnegation. There is a lot of information up for absorption early on, and it will pay the reader to revisit the early parts of the book to make sure you have it all down pat. Another group for selection is Candor. Apparently Candor values honesty, and abnegation values selflessness. Go figure.
One can see how well structured the book is and interesting it will be to learn the inherent universe our heroine is bound to explore. And the way information is revealed the main character's thought processes is quite clever, too.
The story telling is well paced and highly entertaining. The plot twists and turns like the mighty Amazon (!) river and characterisation is awesome too. I have only read a few chapters at this stage but despite this i am happy to award this international phenomena four stars. I may update this review as i progress.
Ok book finished. All i can say is that this is one seriously impressive teen book. Perfectly pitched to its target audience, the book started off slowly but by the book's end you are totally gripped with every gut wrenching twist and turn the book has to offer. There is sadness, and joy but with the events expected to unfold later in the series you wont want to miss a single word. One of the best YA novels ever written, easily worth full marks from me. Well done, Ms Roth on gifting the world with an unequivocal classic.