Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, first in a series, Katherine Tegen Books, review, Veronica Roth, young adult 4 Comments 23rd May, 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover, 487 pages
Challenge: Debut Author
Purchase: Amazon – Book DepositoryB&N

Summary from GoodReads:
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

My thoughts on Divergent

AMAZING. SPECTACULAR. STUPENDOUS. I seriously cannot gush enough about this book. There was so much hype about this book that you almost expect it to fall short of your expectations despite all the awesome hype. BUT IT DOESN’T! It vastly exceeded any expectations I had. It sits right up there in awesomeness with The Hunger Games.

The first novel in this new trilogy seems pretty much devoted to setting everything up, and while sometimes that doesn’t work, obviously it did this time, at least for me. The pacing was excellent. It allowed these characters to develop, and gave us time to see who they really are and what their hidden agendas were. Twists and turns arrived perfectly and kept me on the edge of my seat. I didn’t know what I was going to be hit with next.

Tris herself had awesome development. She went from Abnegation (selfless) to Dauntless (fearless) with very little trouble. In fact, it was much easier for her than any other transfer from another faction. And believe me, you find out why that might be so. Then there is Four. You never know what he is thinking because he has the tightest leash you will ever see on his emotions. It’s amazing. But watching the romance between them develop was so much fun. Not too much, but not too little. It felt just right. There were possible hints at a love triangle, but I’m so glad that doesn’t pan out. It would’ve just brought down the awesomeness.

And then it all comes to a head at the action-packed end. The end was actually a little hard to read, there’s just so much going on, and bam. Things happen. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel. It will be on pre-order as soon as that is available. I definitely recommend this for anyone who loved The Hunger Games, or dystopia in general. If you have not read it yet, go get it ASAP!

4 Responses to “Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth”

  1. Kate

    Completely agree! This should be mandatory reading for everyone!

    Such a brilliant book!
    Great review 🙂

  2. Loren Chase

    Aah! Loved your review and I agree with every single thing you said! It was so good! The end was a little hard to read for me too, if only because SO MUCH happened and it just was so much to take in all at once. Great review!

    ~Loren

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