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Genre: YA Dystopian
Recommended if you like:
romance that's not instalove, a selfless heroine who gets herself into dangerous situations a lot, war within societal structure, and lots of fighting and gun shooting
Divergent (Book #1) Book Summary:
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
I absolutely loved the first two books in the trilogy. Book three? *Drum roll please* .......... I didn't love love it, but I definitely liked it enough!
The story was very original: a society divided into factions based on their virtue, but the structure of things is not as perfect as it seems. Add in the heroine who has to hide the fact that she's different, and you've got a great premise with lots of potential.
Insurgent (Book #2) was a good follow-up. It wasn't a bridge book [a book that connects the previous book to the next], so it was pretty much it's own standalone. I thought the cliffhanger ending was done well, as it set the stage for the next book.
Allegiant (Book #3) moved away from the premise of its predecessors, and focused on an entirely new concept - I can see why readers might be put off by that, but I personally don't have a problem with it. And if like me, you don't have a problem with that, then this series is definitely recommended.
Overall, Read the books. Watch the movies. Just sit back and enjoy the story.