Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

January 9, 2014 Review 29 ★★★★★

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent by Veronica Roth
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Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Source: Purchased
Pages: 487
Release Date: April 25th, 2011
Series: Divergent #1
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
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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, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Let me start off by saying that I was NOT planning on reading this series. I knew there was a lot of hype over the books, but it just wasn’t really the kind of books that I was into. After my sister and a few of her friends wouldn’t stop bugging me about reading them, I finally caved and decided to read them. I had a coupon for 40% off at Barnes & Noble so I went and picked up Divergent (for $6!) and started on my emotional journey!

This book.. What can I say, what can I say? This book was definitely way better than I expected it to be. I thought that it was going to be something that wouldn’t be able to keep my attention and it would take me forever to get through because it was something I’m not usually interested in. Boy was I wrong! Not only was I wrong, but I finished this book in 3 days (which is good for me because I’m in incredibly slow reader haha.) This book had me hooked within the first couple of chapters. It kept me wanting to read more and more and never put the book down!

There were so many questions I had while I was reading this book. How long have they been living like this, like with the different factions? What exactly happened throughout the day other than what is told in the book? How many people are in these different factions? Where are these trains going that the Dauntless are jumping on and off of?

There are so many things that I like about this book. I think that the idea for this book/series is very unique and very.. awesome! I think that it is kind of neat that there are these different factions; five very different ones. I think that if I had to pick between them, I wouldn’t be able to! I think that would be such a hard decision to make, and at 16! That’s crazy!

I think that the way Veronica Roth describes things is very well written too. I think they way to describes the violence in the book really helps you feel and understand the emotions and everything that these people are going through.

The way that Roth portrays these characters is also amazing. They are very distinct and vivid and Roth allows us to realize them in such a short amount of time, which I think is great! The main Character, Tris, is such a likable heroin. I really enjoyed seeing her grow and learn who she really is through the book.

There are some themes in this book that could very well be true. Things like depression, suicide, home, loyalty, and identity just to name a few. I think she takes each theme and handles them all with care that is really special for the first book. I was really feeling all types of emotions throughout the book. I was feelings the sadness, the depression, the fright, everything.
The romance in this book.. I love it. I love Tris and I love Four. AND I love them together. All the neck touching is a little strange, but they are still freakin’ adorable!

Overall this book is AMAZING. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

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Overall: 4.9

29 Responses to “Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth”

  1. Nova @ Out of Time

    So glad you like it! It was the first book I’ve ever read as YA. It’s the one that got me into reading YA so I’m glad that it lived up to he hype. For me, personally, I hated the other two. Divergent could’ve had a better conclusion and just stick as a standalone. The other two made me hate Tris more than anything and I would honestly love to erase it from my memory.

    This was a great review! <33
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  2. ShootingStarsMag

    That’s great this series surprised you! Sometimes that happens. I haven’t read these yet…I’m not against them, I’m just bad with series. I don’t have a lot of time to keep up with them, and it doesn’t help that I’m a bit of a slow reader most of the time. lol At any rate, I am curious so I hope to give the first book a shot sometime soon. Having all three books out now should help!
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  3. A Canadian Girl

    I still need to read Insurgent and Allegiant but I breezed through this book too way back when I read it. I enjoyed the romance, and loved the characters and worldbuilding.

  4. Kezia

    YAY YOU LOVED IT!! Divergent is one of my fave series and I did love the ending of Allegiant! There is a huge backlash surrounding the last book but hopefully you’ll enjoy the whole series. What I like the most in this series is probably how I can learn so much about being human, experiencing fear and forgiveness. I think Roth has tackled these subjects perfectly that they don’t seem too preachy for me.
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  5. Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    Y E A H ! ! ! I’m so glad you finally read this Devin – and that you enjoyed it so much makes me incredibly happy! I agree with everything you’ve said in this review – Roth’s characters are just pheonominal, and her writing equally so! I agree with you when you say that the world-building was virtually the only thing that lacked in this book, but it gets better throughout.

    As much as it pains me to say it though, the series just gets worse as it goes on. Divergent – for me personally – was epic; and then Insurgent came and it was completely “meh,” and Allegiant was just downright “UGH” for me. I hope you’ll have a better experience with the last two books than I did though!

    As always, thanks for another pheonominal and insightful review Devin!
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  6. Sophia Lin

    I sadly didn’t get around to this series – I had similar thoughts that you had – until it became a book club read back around 2012-2013. I did like the 2nd one though… but not so much on the finale, contrary to my rating (well it WAS good… sort of. While dangling over DNF lake a lot). Great review! :)

  7. Alyssa Jacunski

    Powered through this one in October of 2014 and I’m right there with you. I didn’t expect to read it but I’m so glad that I did! I can’t say enough things about it – as soon as it was over I wanted to grab the next in the series. Great review!
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