Friday, December 27, 2013

Dusty Reads: Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Dusty Reads is a weekly post featuring a book that has been sitting unread on my home shelf for some time.

Title: Divergent (Divergent #1)
Author: Veronica Roth
Pages: 478
Publication: April 25, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Summary taken from goodreads:
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, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
I've been putting this trilogy off because of many reasons, lol. For one, even before its publication, I'd heard nothing but praise for this book, so I had a lot of expectations. The fact that DIVERGENT was the first book in a trilogy was another reason why I waited to read it; I didn't want to be stuck with a cliffhanger at the end and have to wait a year to read the sequel and most likely losing interest in the trilogy because of the long wait period in between books. Plus, the page count. Even in my senior year, I didn't have enough time to read such thick books. Now that I'm in college, I really no time to read anything that long unless it pertains to class.

But, I already own all three books in the trilogy, so there goes one of my main reasons for not reading this book yet. :P Plus, the movie's coming out next year, so I think it's time to finally start reading the trilogy. I feel like the movie is going to be like THE HUNGER GAMES, I'd understand the movie more if I had read the book first. I saw the trailer during CATCHING FIRE, and it looked really good, so I'm really excited to read this trilogy. 

Winter Break is in a few weeks. Hopefully I'll get around to at least reading DIVERGENT before the break's over. Four weeks should be enough time, right? :P

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