Saturday, December 29, 2012

Divergent by Veronica Roth Review

Name: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher:  Harper Teen
Release Date: May 3rd, 2011
Format: Borrowed from Jaime
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487 pages

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.


My Review:
I have heard such amazing things about Divergent but I never got around to reading it. When I came home for college break I had to give this one a shot, especially since I have been a little bit of a reading slump lately. Boy, am I SO glad that I read Divergent!! Definitely a great dystopian read.

What I really liked about this book was the plot. It was really interesting to learn about the different factions and how this dystopian world works. I really liked the different action scenes in Divergent! As the book goes on, the action really picks up which is really great! I also love how there is somewhat of a mystery in the plot...nothing is as it seems and Divergent definitely isn't predictable! The world building that Veronica Roth writes is so amazing, I really felt like I was seeing things going on through Tris' eyes and I could actually imagine what was going on.

I LOVED the main character Tris. At first, I wasn't really sure what to expect of her..she seemed a little bit boring. As the book progressed, however, Tris really started to discover who she is and progressed SO MUCH as a character. The Tris from the beginning of the book is so different then the one at the end. I really loved seeing her grow as a character. I also loved reading about Four!! Everyone this past year in the blogging community made a huge deal about Four, and I hadn't read the books so I had no idea what to expect when starting this book. After finishing Divergent, I could see why so many people love Four. He is so great, he is really a tough guy and can be a little bit scary..but his moments with Tris really make my heart melt.

Overall, I really enjoyed Divergent! I'm really glad I finally picked this book up, and if you haven't you should check this book out.

My Rating:


  1. Glad you enjoyed it :) I liked Tris and Four too. I would so have hated living as a Dauntless though!

  2. Yay! I knew you would love it!!

  3. I read this one recently and felt like I was the last one to read it, so I'm glad to see that wasn't the case. With so much hype behind it, I wasn't sure it would live up to it all, but it definitely did. I do have Insurgent, and while I haven't read it yet, I feel like the longer I put it off, the less time I have to wait to read the end of the trilogy.

  4. I really liked Divergent, it has one of the best world building, there is so much to focus on. The beginning was a bit slow, but halfway through when things pick up, it gets so good, and the ending was just crazy-good. Great review!

  5. Ahh, Divergent! I don't think I can even BEGIN to express my utter love for this book. I fangirl much too hard about this book and force everyone I know to read it. I mean, my mom has even read this one, and she almost never reads. She's working her way through Insurgent right now. ;) But I'm so glad you ended up enjoying this one Sarah! I can definitely see how you thought that Tris was a little boring at first, and that the beginning was a little slow. But that ending was totally epic! And Four totally makes my heart melt as well. ;)

    Fantastic review Sarah! I hope you enjoy Insurgent just as much. <3

  6. I'm so happy you loved it as much as me and the rest! Tris also grew onto me and the plot is awesome. I can't wait for the third book to come out this year! :)


  7. AH! I'm so happy that you loved this one... it's definitely one of those books that can capture anyones attention. (my 67 year old grandpa just finished Insurgent)... And oh my gosh YES about Four. He's so incredible.

    Fantastic review! I can't wait for you to read the sequel. (:

  8. Fantastic review!! :D I've not read it yet but I think I will soon! :D

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  9. What a fantastic review! I have heard a lot of positive things about this book. Your review actually just convinced me :) Thanks so much.

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  10. I didn't enjoy this book, Tris & Four's connection really felt forced. This was enjoyable.The journey made up for the romance. This really was refreshing when it came out. Thanks!


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