Great story and characters, great action and, thankfully, no soppy Twilightish rubbish.,
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This review is from: Divergent (Divergent, Book 1) (Divergent Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)
The trend of the moment seems to be for teenage heroines with Katniss Everdeen from the fantastic Hunger Games trilogy leading the charge. Close behind her though comes Tris, a teenage girl growing up in a miserable futuristic society. This future has people assigned to one a five groups of people which are Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (brave), Erudite (studious), Candor (honest) and Amity (caring). If you don’t qualify for any of those, you become one of the Factionless, a group of people with no prospects carrying out lowly tasks and struggling to survive.
At sixteen years old you choose which group you want to be in for the rest of your life. Most stay where they have grown up, but some leave their families and change to another group. Tris is one of those that moves having grown up in Abnegation. She also has something different about her that some powerful people don’t like and she needs to hide it from them. With the help of a few people that know her secret and plenty that don’t she becomes one of the Dauntless trainees. During this time she tries to learn who she is, how to become something that was prevented in the Abnegation group, what her “ability” means, and also battles the dreaded teenager problem of… the opposite sex.
Thankfully, this book doesn’t lean too much on the lovey dovey soppy garbage, (see Twilight), that would put most male readers off and turn it into chick lit. There is a perfect balance between action, suspense, intrigue, teenage angst, and lurve. Even then, the love bit is kept to a minimum and never becomes vomit inducing tripe. The action and suspense is great and will keep you turning the pages long after you should really have turned the lights out at night. The characters are built up over a large portion of the book with what I am guessing is the main plot of the trilogy as a whole not coming until fairly near the end. A whole range of characters, plot twists, revenge, and clever use of personality traits make this one of the best books of its category, although, so far, The Hunger Games is still number one for me. This comes a very close second though and the next two books could change my opinion. Tris could end tripping Katniss up in that charge of the teenage heroines.