SpoilersDivergent (Divergent Trilogy, Book 1)
by Veronica Roth
It started out really hard for me to like this coming off of Hunger Games, and Matched which have dystopic societies that make more sense to me. In this society they separate people by their...priorities? And the citizens of each faction are not allowed to...haha "diverge" from those personality traits. Abnegations are selfless, Candors are honest, Erudites are knowledgable, Dauntless are brave, Amity are peaceful. And since this is earth in some distant future (the Sears Tower is mentioned) it just seems quite stupid that humanity would ever think dividing up based on a single personality trait like that would ever work.
But after I got passed that and the story progressed further in Beatrice's Dauntless initiation I started to warm up to the story. It helped that they started to get into the fact that she was different which it mentioned at the beginning and kind of left alone for a while. The romance was... neither interesting or horrifying. I would have liked it to be more subtle because I've already read four of these that are romance driven but it really wasn't too bad!
Overall I liked it less than Hunger Games or Matched and I think I will read the sequel when it comes out! Yay for a positive first book! Let's see if I can avoid any Vampire Diaries or Cirque Du Freaks this time around. (I'm kidding myself here, I'm a moth to the crappy teenlit flame!)