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April 16, 2012

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Hardcover487 pages                                             Published May 3rd 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books    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.

What if you had to choose what the most important aspect of life was? Would you choose peacefulness, honesty, bravery, selflessness, or intelligence? How do you even decide this when all of these are qualities everyone should have at least some of?

Beatrice, or Tris, has to decide to stay with her family and be something she's not or leave them for what she believes. Tris is one of the bravest characters I have ever read about. She is bad ass and is not afraid to stand up for the people she cares about, which also makes her a bit selfless at times. Throughout the book you see her develop from a small girl who doesn't know what she needs to do, to a young woman who follows what she believes and doesn't stop along the way to ask questions. Then there's Four. What can I say about him? He is just a great character. He is mysterious about so many things in his life and lets few people in. Four has his own opinions but doesn't speak them too often and is more reserved than Tris. He thinks things through where she acts on impulse (which I guess would make them a great couple ;D ). At first I wasn't too attached but by the end of the book I was completely emotionally invested in his character.

Divergent is one of those books that you will pick up to read for a few chapters and you end up sitting there for hours. The book is quick paced from the start with the initiation process all through the end of the book. The action doesn't lag and you just have to keep going to find out what comes next. The world building is great. There is so much detail put into this world, from the trains and the schedule, to the different sections of the city. Each section is so different but it is so well developed. If you are a true dystopian fan I highly recommend this book. There is so much going on that even though the book is close to 500 pages you won't even notice. And Insurgent is coming out May 1st so you'll want to read this one soon if you haven't read it yet.

1 comment:

  1. I sooooo know what you mean about Divergent being the kind of book you pick up to read for a couple hours but end up reading for hours. I couldn’t put it down once I started. I was literally addicted! Glad you loved it so much! Woot, can’t wait for Insurgent!

    Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely