5 out of 5 stars
Oh, my. I loved this book. Now, to give a review without gushing (much).
I am always leery of books that have so much hype as they consistently disappoint me (see: Matched). I was super happy to grab a copy of Divergent from a coworker, and took my time before starting it (I had just finished Blood Red Road -review here-and did not want to merge the books in my mind).
This is one of those hard to describe plots. In a futuristic Chicago, folks split themselves up into factions. Beatrice knows she does not fit into the faction she was born into-she just isn't sure she fits into any of the other factions either.
The world building is incredible, I never once questioned anything Roth had to say. The characters were all realistic, given the situation. And the best part is that Beatrice, like Katniss (you knew the Hunger Games comparison was coming) and Rhine of Wither is super strong-we as readers know this, but watching Tris figure it out is the best part.
I cannot wait for the next one.