Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: April 25, 2011

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
I’ve had this on my list of books to read for some time, but the release of the movie pushed it to the top of the pile. I’d heard enough about it to have a basic understanding of what to expect – and also enough to guess that I’d be likely to enjoy it (I do have a soft spot for female-driven dystopian stories).

And even though hype before I read something has a tendency for me to be skeptical and more critical, I didn’t really find much I didn’t like about this book. I think the only real issue I had was the way the plot suddenly shifts near the end of the book, but that was more necessitated by the the story itself, and isn’t something I’d actually give as a complaint about the book.

The characters are well-developed – especially Tris, since we’re getting everything from her perspective – but Four, Christina, Will, Eric, Peter, and all of the secondary characters have a personality with dimensions and we even get to see come character development beyond just the protagonist – always a plus. And I enjoyed the few minor references to it being set in a futuristic Chicago – I lived there for a year, so those few landmarks mentioned are all too familiar to me.

So definitely recommend this if you like dystopia and young adult.