Friday, March 23, 2012

Book Review : Divergent by Veronica Roth

Synopsis : In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

When I first got back into reading YA, Divergent was everywhere. When I grabbed it for 6.00 at the used  book store, it just sort of sat on my shelf. However, after Divergent  won Favorite Book of 2011 at Goodreads and Story Siren's Best of 2011 Debut I knew I had to check it out.

Divergent has a unique concept. Tris and her family live in a peaceful Utopia where society is dived into factions which represent individual ideals Dauntless (bravery), Amity (peace), Abegnation (selflessness ) and Erudite (intelligence).

Every child is raised in their own faction , but when they turn sixteen they are tested to determine the best faction for them. They can  either choose to stay with their faction or leave it all behind to join another faction, never to see their families again.

Faction before family.

Tris soon finds herself on the other side of her quiet faction and in an adrenaline-filled, high altitude, high-risk world where she is forced to push beyond her limitations and finds the fearlessness within her. Through it all Tris also has a secret she has to guard with her life, or it could get her killed.

This story is a lot like a rigorous gym class, Tris and her compatriots go through the wringer of death-defying activities lead by their fearless leader and coach Four. While reading I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next.

I found Four to be an excellent YA male protagonist. We get a sense of who he was before and after meeting Tris and he isn't out to prove anything and he also isn't perfect. As the novel progressed I could see why a relationship would form between Four and Tris

There are a lot of characters in this story. I sometimes had a hard time keeping up with who all the male characters were, well except for Four because his name is Four. I also felt like the ending was very rushed, it was all a lot to grasp in the last few chapters.

This book had a slight twist or plot reveal that I thought was nicely placed. This novel doesn't start off as dark as the Hunger Games but it does get progressively darker, which in retrospect I didn't really see coming. The ending felt a little rushed but it's a great journey with a lot of suprises along.

Divergent is a great novel for Hunger Games fans, I can't wait to see how Insurgent devels further into the story and the world of Tris and Four.


  1. I've had this book for a month or so now. I can't wait to read it. :D

    Great review.

  2. Great review, Jess! I can't wait to have some time so I can settle down with my copy of Divergent (you got yours for an excellent price BTW!). Everyone seems to love it!! Is this a book you can see being made into a movie, especially following on the success of THG?

  3. This book was everything and I really enjoyed it. So glad you liked it as well. I actually would have loved more interaction between her and her mother once she discovered her mother had more information than she let on. And the romance between her and Four was done perfectly and realistically. It's hard to find that in a lot of novels. Nice review.

  4. Four was such a highlight for me. I couldn't get enough of him. But I ADORED TRIS. She's quite simply amazing and her strength is breathtaking. You're definitely right! This book has a VERY unique concept, even for a dystopian. I fell right into it and couldn't get enough. :D I'm happy you enjoyed it.



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