Monday, October 3, 2011

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Hardcover, 487 pages
Date Published: May 3, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads): Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.
The first thing you should know about Divergent is that it’s awesome. The second thing you should know is that author Veronica Roth writes one hell of a story, with some phenomenal world-building and a main character that is tough as nails, but vulnerable enough to show her softer side. In fact, there isn’t one thing about Divergent that I didn’t like.

As far as dystopians go, Divergent does something different and fascinating. Roth’s development of different factions with very basic morals and ethics seems so simple, but in reality, it opens up a world of dilemmas…all boiling down to Tris’ choice.

Tris is a character that I empathized with and understood. She’s hard on herself and doesn’t think she’s good enough for her faction – Abnegation; but she’s also unwilling to live a lie. Her flaws make her that much more human and easy to relate to. The other initiates and Tris’s superior, Four, all bring a little something to the story; friendship, betrayal, understanding, and even romance.

Divergent is a fast-paced, impressive debut that forces Tris, as well as the reader, to question what is right and what is needed. Roth’s writing is completely enthralling, pulling the reader into this futuristic Chicago where your faction is your family and one choice decides your future. The fighting, the romance, the factions, the characters, all of it ties together to create this mesmerizing world and a thrilling read. Divergent has made its way to the top of my list of favorite books of 2011. I have no doubt it will do the same for everyone who reads it.

Opening line: There is one mirror in my house. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages:
It isn’t only because the thought of living factionless, in complete isolation, sounds like a fate worse than death. It is because, in the brief moments that I have loved it here, I saw a faction worth saving. ~ pg. 207
And this one:
My heart beats so hard it hurts, and I can’t scream and I can’t breathe, but I also feel everything, every vein and every fiber, every bone and every nerve, all awake and buzzing in my body as if charged with electricity. ~ pg. 221
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Crystal (Book Snob) said...

Great review! I loved this book as well and honestly I haven't read one bad review :) Thanks for sharing!

Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

YA Book Queen said...

Wonderful review! So glad you loved this one, it was definitely an impressive debut. I can't wait for Insurgent! :)

Tiffany said...

I read this one recently and loved it. I'm glad to see you enjoyed it as well. I can't wait to read Insurgent. Great review!

Candace said...

I don't think I've seen a single bad review! So glad you loved it too though!

roro said...

can u belive i'm one of the last person that hav not read it yet

Lori said...

Loved Divergent!! I can't wait for book 2.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Thanks for all the comments! Divergent was easily one of my favorite reads this year. I can't believe I waited so long to read it because the hype was right, and if you're one of the few people who have not read it, you MUST.

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