Honestly, I wasn't going to read this book, but I'm glad I did. And for my review, I'm going to talk about why exactly I enjoyed this book. I've been dabbling in YA books all year and not surprisingly, there's a lot of repetition among these stories. What I feel Divergent lacks in uniqueness (being forced to ride on the coat tales of [b:The Hunger Games|2767052|The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)|Suzanne Collins|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1358275334s/2767052.jpg|2792775]), it makes up for in story.
1. The heroine. Lets all be honest here. Beatrice is a more likeable dystopian heroine then Katniss is from the Hunger Games. This could be a matter of person preference, but I don't think I'm the only one who feels the same way. This is hard to judge based on three books of one series and one book of another, so this could obviously change. But I never felt attached to Katniss, I do to Beatrice.
2. Love interest. I can't tell you how glad I was to not be bogged down with ANOTHER ya love triangle. They take up so much energy when you know what's going to happen in the end. You're forced to feel bad for one character while knowing in the end his heart will be broken when the girl makes the obvious choice. It was nice to focus on one LI right now. On the note of LI, I think Four is the first character I've actually liked as a primary LI. He reminds me a lot of Dimitri from Vampire Academy, but so much more approachable and Tris/Four turmoil isn't drawn out to such extents as Rose/Dimitri.
3. Family. I think the lack of focus on LI left more room for family interaction. I liked that. I'm glad Tris cared about her family, even after she left them. That was a nice touch.
4. Body Count. I threw this in because I'm always grateful to an author that doesn't mind getting their hands dirty, even in the beginning. Characters die, it happens. And the author wasn't afraid of that. Kudos to her.
I'm not going to say this is the best book I've ever read, but it wasn't bad either. It was predictable, I mostly figured out the main plot about halfway through, but the road to getting there was full of surprises I wasn't ready for. It's worthwhile if you want a quick read and you enjoyed [b:The Hunger Games|2767052|The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)|Suzanne Collins|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1358275334s/2767052.jpg|2792775].