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Review: ‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth

Review: ‘Divergent’ by Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on April 25th, 2011
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 487
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought in-store
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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.

Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

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Title:
Divergent

Author:
Veronica Roth

Series:
Divergent #1

Publisher:
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Formats:
Hardcover, 487 pages

Source:
Bought in-store at
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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.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
 
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The book starts off with Beatrice Prior, an Abgenation who as we know it is in the selfless faction. The abgenation faction is selflessness, erudite is knowledge, dauntless is courage, amity is peace.

At sixteen, all citizens take a test that will help them determine which faction they are most suited to. She takes the test and her result is that she is Divergent, a combination of all factions. Her final decision faction though is Dauntless. To be accepted as a Dauntless member Beatrice must rank high into each of her trial missions.

I won’t go into detail of each mission because my reviews are spoiler free but I will say the action and plot starts around the 400+ page. I enjoyed reading about the missions very much but I wished the plot started sooner because I wanted to know what the government was up to. And at the very end, I was left with such a cliffhanger that I’m sure I’ll be first in line to buy the second novel. Hopefully, all my questions will be answered. Not to mention that having a love story woven into the plot also acts as a key driver for drama 🙂


RATING 4/5


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Divergent by HarperCollins

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19 Comments

  1. Aly W

    March 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    I definitely found Divergent was one of those books I had trouble putting down. I also talked about Divergent and a book sort of similar to it, The Testing, over at my blog, Reading Shy With Aly!

  2. Susan T.

    February 17, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did! I just read it and immediately read Insurgent and Allegiant too! Love!

  3. Jaseena

    November 20, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Everyone is going crazzy over this book and i haven’t read it yet !! Gonna read it as soon as possible

  4. Teresa Salvatore

    September 30, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    I’ve been impatiently waiting to read this series for quite some time. Finally Allegiant is coming out in just a few short weeks and I can finally sit back and binge read the series that has everyone all agog!

  5. Ashleigh Swerdfeger

    September 15, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Awesome! I’m really looking forward to reading this! I won Insurgent and Divergent in a giveaway. The only downside is reading it on tablet lol. It sounds like a well developed story with decent characters 🙂

  6. Diana Grace

    August 30, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    LOVE this!! Great review! 🙂

  7. bhwrn1

    August 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this series!

  8. Karen Maldonado

    August 15, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    I got my copy last year when it came out but never got around to reading it… perhaps I should start soon.

  9. Mandy Earles (@meryvamp)

    August 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    I keep hearing great things about this book. It’s on my TBR list, but think I’m gonna wait till all three come out 🙂 Great review!

  10. FJ

    June 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Honestly, I didn’t enjoy this book so much. I like how author told the story (she’s good storyteller), but I don’t think I like the world building 🙂

  11. Jamie (Jay)

    May 15, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    I really need to read this book. It has been on my wishlist for awhile but my library still has in in a waiting queue. Seeing such a great rating, maybe I will just go buy it when I have the extra cash. 🙂

  12. Cali W.

    April 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Awesome review! I love the excerpt you put where Four tells the story, I haven’t read that before!

  13. Bea Tejano

    December 30, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Great review!:) I’ve been meaning to get started on this book:)

  14. Brent

    December 9, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    great review

  15. Supriya Savaram

    November 14, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    loved this book!

  16. Cassi

    November 10, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Oh I love this one. It’s so action packed and I couldn’t put it down. Great review!

  17. Ash

    November 10, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    One of my all time favorite books! Loved it.

  18. Alyssa Susanna

    October 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Yay! I’m glad you really liked Divergent! I think it’s one of my favorite books of all time. I read it last year in June and simply loved it. I read Insurgent recently, and it is a great sequel! I love Divergent more becuase I love the Dauntless training and whatnot, whereas Insurgent is more of a free-reign, running-and-hiding kind of book. But I love both, and can’t wait for Book Three! Thanks for the review! 🙂

  19. Grace Lo

    September 29, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    I definitely enjoyed Divergent, and consider it among my favourite dystopia reads. And the ending! (Insert frustration at not knowing what happens next.) Insurgence I found definitely living up to its predecessor, and I now wait at the edge of my seat for the final installment in the trilogy.

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