I know it's only January and it's only the second book I've read this year but I can tell you right now, hands down, without a doubt... best book of the year.
At the suggestion of my friend Erica on multiple occasions, I read Divergent. It did not disappoint. I read it cover to cover in 48 hours and out of those 20 hours I was working. It was a page turner and I couldn't put it down. From the very beginning it had me sucked in. I fell in love with Tris and Four. Four in particular.
The story takes place in Chicago during a time that society is completely different from anything like present day. People live in factions based on personality and mental astuteness. The main character is Tris, a 16 year old girl who has chosen to leave her family to take up with another faction. She leaves behind her parents and separates from her brother who she may never see again considering the motto is "faction before blood". Once Tris joins her new group she must go through an initiation and pray she survives it. If not the consequences could mean she would be factionless and living on the street. Knowing all of this she chose to break out of her selfless life and be dauntless.
In Dauntless she meets people who she can feel are friends but among the friends lies many enemies and people who only want to see her fail. She also meets a training instructor named Four who confuses her, challenges her and gives her hope. In turn, Tris challenges Four and pushes him open further than anyone else ever has.
Divergent is the first book in a trilogy. The second book Insurgent is currently available. The third installment is expected to come out in the fall.
Have you read the book? Share your thoughts! I loved it!!!!!! I can't wait for the 3rd one to come out!