Author: Veronica Roth
Published 3 May 2011
Another digress from the Fairytale Campaign!
And here comes the best part of the whole book-- Four who must be one of the best boy-character-in-a-book ever! I absolutely loved him! A big THANK YOU to Veronica Roth for having no love triangles. Even then, the love between them is striking! Four has a sense of stillness to him plus a quirky sense of humour; he is good-looking though his looks are not mentioned much in the book. The best thing about him is how treats Tris: not tortured, pained or anything, but straightforward, like they are equals, though initially wary. There's a sense of mystery around him until it is revealed at the end that he is Tobias, from Abnegation as well, and he is Divergent like Tris.
Divergent ends as war breaks out. (not revealing anything yet, go read it yourself, save you the pleasure!)
And it's a good ending because we know that Insurgent (Book #2) will start head-on with the action and the climax, can't wait!
Divergent is an action-packed read that also exploits some of human's most vulnerable sins and shortcomings. And as we see the people with power live in fear of losing it, as we see Tris slowly understand that real bravery is ordinary-- the courage that drives one person to stand up for another-- and not that different from selflessness, Divergent becomes more than just an entertaining dystopian story, but one that really highlight and illustrate to you the human weaknesses.
Then we see Tris grow up and it's like a beautiful coming-of-age tale.
Sometimes, it's the characters and what the story really teaches you that is important, not that much of the world-building. Because after all, quoting Stephen King, Fiction is just the truth inside the lie.
Simply stunning. That's all I can say for one of my favourite books of 2011.
1. Top 10s for 2011 and 2012