“Rarely do I purchase Nook books 'full-price', but I made an exception for DIVERGENT due to strong recommendations from trusted reader friends that I would love it. I read the premise and listening to my friends, I placed it on my Nook. I started it immediately since we were on a roadtrip to Minnesota. I was glad of this roadtrip as it allowed me to finish this superb book in one sitting.
What could easily have coasted as a comparison to HUNGER GAMES, this one completely stands on its own as an excellent and completely believable dystopian future.
Five factions are developed as a solution to an end of war. Children are raised in their families' faction: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite, until they are of age to make their choice to remain or belong to a new faction.
Beatrice and her twin brother come of age at the beginning of this book. They have been raised in Abnegation, almost an Amish type existence. They are raised to do good and think of others before themselves. Abnegation also are the government leaders since they are considered fair-minded.
Beatrice knows she is different and chooses Dauntless, the risk-takers. They are fearless and often become the guardians and security for their people.
First Beatrice, or Tris, has to get through training. It's brutal, but if she doesn't pass, she becomes factionless, basically homeless and no family anymore.
Amazingly told and a supremely fast read. So glad I have the Nook HD+ with the backlight, so I could continue reading when it got dark out on the road. I'd have found a flashlight, though, if I'd had to.
Can highly recommend this book and I look forward to the next in the trilogy. Off to download it now...”