|Divergent by Veronica Roth
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What a fascinating world Roth created in Divergent. The book felt as real to me as The Hunger Games and is often compared to the dystopian best seller. I have to agree. The story is original, the characters full of emotion and the themes worthy. I wasn't sure how Roth was going to pull it all together, but she tied it all up nicely.
The romance in Divergent was heart pulling and a bit heated, but not racy. I didn't mind it so much because it served a purpose and was dealt with as a valid teen issue. I would recommend this to older teens (in fact I gave a copy of this book to my 3 teen nieces for Christmas.
The fear simulations that Tris went through were fascinating and thought provoking. I read with a watchful eye as she overcame some of those fears through her experiences. Each time that she overcame her fears she became stronger.
Courage in selflessness, facing your fears and being true to yourself are the themes that stood out to me. Tris overcame obstacles she never imagined and came out a better person for it. Isn't that one of the secrets to peaceful living?
There is a real sense of loss near the end. Tris changes and is forced to change in so many ways, not all of which are pleasant. I am left with questions that beg to be answered: why is Tris Divergent? And why can she control the simulations?
Fans of The Hunger Games will devour Divergent, the new dystopian with real characters, suspenseful romance and a world that is close enough to our own that they will whisper, "it could happen".
Insurgent, the second book in the series is due to be published on May 1, 2012.