12 May, 2012

Divergent is the first book of author Veronica Roth’s debut trilogy.  In this dystopian young adult novel, 16-year-old Beatrice (Tris) must make a decision that could change the rest of her life.  This dystopian world consists of five factions, each of which has an individual virtue.  Beatrice grew up in Abnegation (the faction of selflessness), but now she has to chose if she wants to stay with her current faction or chose to live forever in a new one.  She can either stay true to her own virtues, but risk the possibility of never seeing her family again, or she can stay with her family, but never letting her true personality shine.  Once she has made her choice, that’s it, she is tied to it for life.  What follows is initiation, in which Roth takes the reader through a thrilling journey through Beatrice’s eyes.  Beatrice goes through many obstacles, all the while hiding a secret that she fears anyone finding out.  Of course, there is also a love story a-brewin’ with her initiation instructor, Four (Tobias).  This book captures the reader with a story of a strong, but defiant, young girl who discovers abilities beyond her wildest dreams.
First, I have to say how much I love the title of this book.  I think it is so very unique.  I would’ve never been able to come up with this title.  What does “divergent” even mean, anyway?  I don’t think I had heard this word before…and this coming from an English major.  But, as an English major, I know how to use a dictionary!
Google dictionary defines “divergent” as “Tending to be different or develop in different directions”
Perfect!  Wonderful title.  Very clever and unique.
I thought this book was very well done, and by such a young author.  Roth was only 22 years old when she wrote this!  Crazy.  Anyway, another maturely written young adult book, which makes it enjoyable for any age.  I loved it!
The characters are awesome and well-developed.  Beatrice is a strong-minded teenager who endures many difficult situations throughout the story.  Four…oh, what to say about Four…I love him.  He is strong and handsome, of course.  He treats Beatrice like she is strong, which I think is endearing.  He doesn’t baby her or any of that nonsense.  He is a lovely character.  Read, and you shall see.  I also love that Beatrice is presented as being not pretty, which Four admits, but likes her anyway.  See:
“I just don’t get it. I’m younger. I’m not pretty. I—”
He laughs, a deep laugh that sounds like it came from deep inside him, and touches his lips to my temple.
“Don’t pretend,” I say breathily. “You know I’m not. I’m not ugly, but I am certainly not pretty.”
“Fine. You’re not pretty. So?” He kisses my cheek. “I like how you look. You’re deadly smart. You’re brave.”
The book completes with a bang of an ending.  Leaving the reader wondering what will happen next!  Luckily, now the second book (Insurgent) is out, so you can read it directly after!!  So, really, you don’t have to wonder too much if you don’t want to.  Yay!

Also, once you have read this book, you can find part of chapter 13 in Four’s point of view.  Roth released this excerpt just recently and it is really good!  You can find this here.

5 stars blue
Thanks for reading!

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4 Responses to “Divergent by Veronica Roth”

  1. Thank you for your review of this book. You have piqued my interest and now I will make a point of reading it! I read the Hunger Games series and enjoyed them immensely and this book sounds somewhat similar so I think I will enjoy reading it as well! Oh, and by the way, although I read your reviews of the Hunger Games series and did not comment, I would like to add that I totally agree with your reviews of the series, especially your opinion of the final book in that series – it was disappointing and the reader was left feeling like something was missing – a definite let-down in an otherwise terrific series!! Thank you for your book reviews – keep’em coming! 🙂

  2. Thank you for your comment. I’m glad I piqued your interest with this book! Divergent and Insurgent are excellent books and I’m sure the third and final book of the trilogy will be just as good! Glad you like my reviews 🙂

  3. Has it ever happened to you that you read a book and thought it was just average. But after picking it up for the second time just before the sequel – you wondered why the hell you didn’t like it the first time?? That’s what happened with me in case of this book!

    • Haha, no, actually, that hasn’t happened to me. Probably because I haven’t re-read any books that I didn’t like. I’m glad that you were able to re-read this book and that it made you like it the second time around! I loved this book! 🙂