Divergent is a satisfying fantasy in the vein of Ally Condie's Matched and Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. Throughout the book, Beatrice sees things more clearly than those around her, and has to be careful around the government, like in the aforementioned books, and ultimately confront it in a pulse-pounding climax. The world that Beatrice lives in is very fully-realized, as are many of the characters. People react dramatically sometimes to very extreme situations, but it all seems to fit for the individuals here, the personalities of which are varied. Beatrice is a complex protagonist, since, as a divergent, she has several qualities that others don't share. And it's neat to see her come from such humble beginnings to rise into a force to be reckoned with, a courageous girl who finds a voice. Veronica Roth really pieced together an exciting story here that's full of action, romance and mystery, and is riveting throughout. This really is the most exciting debut of the year so far, by a longshot.
Divergent will be available in bookstores on May 3rd.