Thursday, June 21, 2012

Divergent: A Review

I'm a little late, but I finally got around to reading "Divergent" by Veronica Roth!!  I absolutely loved it!!  (Don't worry; no spoilers.) :D

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: Paperback Edition (February 28, 2012) 

Genre: Dystopia
Plot: First, here is the summary of "Divergent" from Amazon - 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.  During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

I read this book in about seven hours and I only stopped because I had to sleep and go to work, but I continued reading in the break room.  I would have read while driving if it were possible.  (Maybe someday.)  I'd heard of this book, but I'd never thought much about it.  I am not always interested in books that are extremely popular because people talk about them constantly and it annoys me a little.  Not because it is doing so well, but because people give away things. 

"Divergent" had me from the beginning!  There's no info dumps or anything that stops the reader.  The reader is left guessing as they discover things about the society and each section.  Tris is an amazing character!  She goes through so many changes in the book and she's a great character to connect with.  I really enjoyed getting to read her story and it made me wonder which section I would belong too. 
I felt like this about Four :)

Romantic Element:  I am in love with Four.  He's... so wonderful.  (fangirl squeal)  The first love between Tris and Four is beautifully written.  I always feel like I want to find a guy like that after reading about such a great romance.  Of course, Four has his flaws - but they make him a stronger person.  I seriously can't get over how much I love this couple. 

Overall:  I literally couldn't wait to read the next book in the trilogy!  I wanted to wait until "Insurgent" came out in paperback, so I have them the same, but I am not that patience.  I waited an hour and ran to the store to buy milk, Captain America, and "Insurgent".  I think I scared the cashier because I was so excited to read the book.  I am giving myself a little time before I start it, but I'm super excited!  Roth created a world full of mystery and choices that change the course of the future.  You won't put his book down!  I definitely recommend it to everyone!  I might even write it on my forehead in Sharpie.  "READ DIVERGENT"

Remember to turn back in tomorrow for my entry in the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! Blog Hop!  You'll get to meet my heroine, Princess Dalia!  And I reveal what my hero, Edom looks like.  I promise you won't be disappointed.  ;)


  1. Just wait. Insurgent is even better than the first book! ;) Yay for Four! And for Sheldon! Hehehe!

    1. I am very excited to read Insurgent! :) Four... makes me swoon. :)

  2. This is a book I have heard about so many times, but never got round to reading! I really should pick it up sometime!

    1. You really should! I was a little skeptical, but I loved the book. :)

  3. I loved Four, too! How could you not! I loved Divergent so much I pre-ordered Insurgent so I could get it as fast as possible (Kindle came through at 12:01am...I was waiting!). But honestly, I haven't been able to get into the story like I did with Divergent. I think it's because I have so much going on right now that I can't take the time to really enjoy it like Four...I mean the book is meant to be enjoyed. ;)

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